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Hi All,

I'm new to this board, and wanted to ask a question I'm unfamiliar with. My DH has sleep apnea (I think). He breathes in, barely exhales mostly holds his breath for about 5 seconds, then takes in more air, does the same. Does this about 4-5 times before he exhales all the air out of his lungs. Then he breathes heavy for about 4-5 respirations. Then starts all over.

I know he needs a sleep study and probably CPAP, but has anyone ever had CPAP, then was able to wean off of it? Or-if you have sleep apnea you'll always have sleep apnea?

Plus, are there any physiologial symptoms of sleep apnea? DH often wakes up with headaches, is alittle tired thru the day but not much.

Any info would be great.
I've been using a CPAP for about 4 years now. I used to have headaches and need extra sleep to feel like I've had a good rest.

I think you should ask your GP for a referral to a Neurologist, so s/he can order a sleep study. They can then determine if he has Apnea or not, and what setting on a CPAP machine they should use.

There are surgical options out there, I haven't looked into them yet. If he's overweight and can reduce to a normal size, it may help his apnea.

It depends on the cause of the apnea. If his apnea is caused by his weight, losing weight might help. There are surgeries designed to correct sleep apnea, but they generally have low success rates.

Although most cases of sleep apnea are not curable, they are treatable. C-PAP is an incredibly effective and safe treatment. I have used C-PAP for about 4 years now and I would never give it up.

Sleep apnea can cause or worse a variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, and depression. So it is something to take seriously. Get your husband to the doc as soon as you can.

Good luck.
My doctor told me that if I lost weight I would probably be able to come off CPAP. However, my mother is thin and she has sleep apnea. However, I know that losing some weight would be helpful. Yet, I know that losing the weight is not as easy as it sounds. It takes some time.
Thanks for your replies.
DH is 6 feet tall and weighs 180-190lbs. He doesn't have an over weight abdomen. He's been at this weight for the last 5-6 years. When we married 8 yrs ago he was about 170 lbs. I never noticed his breathing until about a year ago. I have noticed sometimes when he snores, the ratteling sound occurs when he exhales.
Are there any other treatments for sleep apnea out there other than CPAP?

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