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Utterly intolerant to Antipsychotics, Strongly considering Lithium or Lamictal as Monotherapy for Schizoaffective Disorder.

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Bummer about having to repeat the test. My meds are not as sedating, so i took them early, before i went. I was asleep by 9.i slept partway with no cpap and then they put it on me.

i think asking about Li and depakote is a good plan. They both require bloodwork to make sure you are in the therapeutic range.

 

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43 minutes ago, confused said:

Bummer about having to repeat the test. My meds are not as sedating, so i took them early, before i went. I was asleep by 9.i slept partway with no cpap and then they put it on me.

i think asking about Li and depakote is a good plan. They both require bloodwork to make sure you are in the therapeutic range.

 

How did they ultimately treat your sleep apnea? Only with a cpap mask or did you require surgery and was the treatment effective?

I'm roughly 290lb currently due primarily to the antipsychotics and what bothers me the most is that they're blaming so much of it on my weight. What bothers me is that I was snoring profusely, gasping for air, had recurrent nightmares, and was tired as **** and had fatigue when I'd wake up when I was still skinny so it's really not weight predominant. I don't know how similar your situation is, but I know from my own experience that sleep apnea isn't completely synonymous with being overweight and obese. I think doctors just like to tell you that you ought to lose some weight because it sounds good. Obviously I'd like to lose weight, they act like I'm gauranteed to do it I take their advice. And I'm not even going to tell you what my experience with the bariatric surgeon I saw was like. All I can say is that I declined and I'm in need of a second opinion.

I took the Clonazepam at around 7:45 and arrived at about 8:30. It didn't work for me being taken that early. My typical bedtime is around 1:30am.

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I am overweight/obese. 180 lbs at 5'5".  I snored when i was thin. But, i went for the test because i was always tired and my husband told me i stop breathing  i am severe when i sleep on my back and moderate on my side.  The cpap worked in the lab, but i could not get it to fit and sleep with it at  home. So, i got a mouthguard made and i wear a belt that keeps me on my side. It works well, when i actually wear it. I have trouble finding the right time to put it in and i get comfortable in bed without it .

the mouthguard is only approved for mild to moderate apnea. I had to do a side sleep test at home before they would approve and my insurance doesn't cover most of it i did not consider surgery.

i tried to get approved for a diet med Qsymia, but my insurance won't pay. And it was too expensive out of pocket.

they all tell me to lose weight, too. It is hard. You will have more energy when you have the apnea under control. I would not have been able to get any exercise, i walk our dog. I was  trying to sleep and not feeling rested before.

before i knew i had apnea, i thought my fitbit was defective because it would not record sleep. Now i know i was not sleeping well enough. It is showing actual hours of sleep now. My sleep is still wacky and i still get tired, but it is an improvement.

 

i never took lithium but i gained weight on depakote, not like zyprexa which was way worse.  I am thinking of asking to go back on it, though. I have a lot of intrusive thoughts lately and nothing is helping

.good luck finding something for your mind and the apnea

 

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32 minutes ago, confused said:

I am overweight/obese. 180 lbs at 5'5".  I snored when i was thin. But, i went for the test because i was always tired and my husband told me i stop breathing  i am severe when i sleep on my back and moderate on my side.  The cpap worked in the lab, but i could not get it to fit and sleep with it at  home. So, i got a mouthguard made and i wear a belt that keeps me on my side. It works well, when i actually wear it. I have trouble finding the right time to put it in and i get comfortable in bed without it .

the mouthguard is only approved for mild to moderate apnea. I had to do a side sleep test at home before they would approve and my insurance doesn't cover most of it i did not consider surgery.

i tried to get approved for a diet med Qsymia, but my insurance won't pay. And it was too expensive out of pocket.

they all tell me to lose weight, too. It is hard. You will have more energy when you have the apnea under control. I would not have been able to get any exercise, i walk our dog. I was  trying to sleep and not feeling rested before.

before i knew i had apnea, i thought my fitbit was defective because it would not record sleep. Now i know i was not sleeping well enough. It is showing actual hours of sleep now. My sleep is still wacky and i still get tired, but it is an improvement.

 

i never took lithium but i gained weight on depakote, not like zyprexa which was way worse.  I am thinking of asking to go back on it, though. I have a lot of intrusive thoughts lately and nothing is helping

.good luck finding something for your mind and the apnea

 

Im 5'8 and 288lb. The heaviest I've been is 306lb. From the first test alone, they're saying my sleep apnea is severe and that's why they want me to return. They said they must get the mask on me for further determination on how to treat my individual case effectively.

I'm severe on my side and extreme on my back. I also toss and turn violently in my sleep and have restless leg (not related to akathisia) which is why I don't think the mask will work properly at home. Do you think I'll require surgery based on all this information? Just asking?

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I don't know. Maybe you wont jerk around as much with the mask? Do they know you have rls? They can monitor that, too. I don't

also, if you dont breathe through your mouth, i do, you can just wear the nasal and not a full mask.

the people i have talked to who wear a cpap swear by it. I just couldnt get it to work for me.

 

There us a sleep disorders forum here. You may want to start another post asking about surgery and movement during sleep with cpap.

 

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