Re: Loud Snoring/Obstructive ...
Paul Bartells (Paul.Bartells@PCC.MCDERMOTT.COM)
Mon, 17 Apr 1995 08:07:00 -0500
Let me add a little to this discussion. I, too, was diagnosed
with obstructive sleep apnea a little more than two years ago.
Like many, the diagnosis came after my wife complained enough to
get me to talk to the doctor. I had been a heavy snorer for many
years (I was 39 at the time). I fell asleep many times during
the day (during meetings, while typing on the computer, while
driving, etc). Like others, I disturbed those around me on
campouts. At home, I was annoying to people in other rooms
through closed doors. According to my wife, I would literally
stop breathing for as much as fifteen to twenty seconds at a time
and would suddenly jerk and gasp for breath. A sleep study
confirmed the suspicions. I don't remember the numbers any
longer, but they were amazing.
My particular case involved multiple factors. I was overweight,
I had a deviated septum, my tonsils were enlarged, and I had an
unusually long uvula (the dangly thing at the back of the
throat). The solution for me was a surgical one. The doctor
straightened the septum, performed a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy,
removed the uvula, and trimmed the soft palate. It took about
2-1/2 weeks at home to recover, but it took care of the problem.
Now, if I snore at all, it's very soft. I don't fall asleep
during the day, my energy level has increased, and I am still
married (just shy of 19 years).
I urge everyone who has a snoring problem to talk to their doctor
about it. This problem is frightening for those who care about
you, and it is extremely hard on your heart, not to mention the
dangers in driving and other activities.
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 340, Hurst, TX
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