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Abnormal EEG and sleep apnea

Posted by Harry on July 13, 2000 at 20:18:25:

I hope no one minds that I'm posting a note that I also posted in the non-CPAP group today. I should have posted it here originally -- it's probably of general interest. Please excuse the inconvenience.

I complained to various doctors about fatigue, depression and mental cloudiness for over 15 years before being diagnosed with sleep apnea.

I found out, because I demanded that a neurologist give me an EEG -- practically the only test I hadn't had at that point -- and it was strongly abnormal.

The neurologist put me on Tegretol and Neurontin, which seem to help somewhat. Since then, I have had 4 sleep tests, which seem to show conclusively that I have sleep apnea.

I tried the CPAP and hated it. I had trouble sleeping with it, and it didn't seem to help anyway. Since then I've tried a dental device which does help, though not completely. All of my symptoms are lessened, but not alleviated. Cut in half, perhaps.

I've had another EEG since reaching maximum extension on the dental device. I was hoping that it would show significant improvement -- or at least some improvement. However, according to my neurologist, it hasn't changed a bit. So my neurologist wants to keep me on both medications, fearing a possible seizure. (I haven't had any seizures to this point.)

Does this ring a bell with anyone? I'd love to compare experiences. Does anyone know if it takes the brain awhile to recover from 15 years of moderate sleep deprivation, even if the cure (in this case, a dental device) is doing its job? Or does an abnormal EEG show that the dental device isn't working?



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