First things first, we go over the data that was given with the new CPAP mask. The good news was that I had a significant reduction in apneas. I was waking up maybe like, 3 times a night or something at the very best which is a huge improvement over 15 times at worst.
The bad news was that even with the apnea reductions I was still waking up tired.
Sometimes even too tired to finish a blog post.
So my doctor recommends that I stop using it. I'm not seeing any visible improvements, I haven't got used to the thing even after a month of trying it, it's just not working out. I mean, the most sleep I ever get with the thing is maybe 5 hours? And it's usually because I wake up and tear it off my face so I can sleep more comfortably.
The CPAP was helping to reduce apneas but wasn't addressing the actual cause of them. The next logical thing was to check the most likely offenders; my thyroid, my tonsils, or my jaw. If my thyroid was enlarged it could be pressing down on my windpipe, causing me to choke and wake up in my sleep. Same thing applies to my tonsils except if they could be closing off my throat. Lastly, my jaw could be falling back and crushing something.
It's like my own body wants to kill me.
So, Doctor touches the side of my neck. Nope. No enlarged thyroids.
Doctor looks down my throat with a light. Nope. No enlarged tonsils.
And then he tells me that I'd need to see my dentist to verify if there are any jaw problems.
So, we still don't know what's wrong with me.
Back where we started...
It's not all bad though. He booked an appointment for me to go see a sleep specialist in a few weeks and we got more x-rays because I think there might be something wrong with my lungs again. But we'll see, I don't think I'll be falling over dead any time soon.
Unless it turns out I have gastrointestinal problems too...
Link to Part 4.