Post # 1
I just finished reading another Bee’s post about her SO snoring badly. DH has snored very loudly for as long as I’ve known him. However, the past 3 – 4 months have gotten worse & worse & worse. I’ve been on him to get to the doctor because I know he has sleep apnea. I have finally managed to talk him into it, and now I’m even more worried….
Thursday he sent me a text from the doctor’s office that they were considering admitting him to the hospital because his blood pressure was so high. After spending over 2 1/2 hours at the doctor they told him that one of the medications he was on to help him sleep, for the past 4 – 5 years, has caused serious weight gain, which snowballs into the sleep apnea & high blood pressure. Seriously, how can his prior doctor not have known that this was going on? DH was at the doctor just before our wedding & told him that he was concerned about the sleep apnea, and that doctor just told him that he had to wait & review the records & would get back to him. Fast forward to this week…. DH saw a different doctor in that practice, who really seemed to care, and finds all of this out. Grrrrrr!!!!
Anyway, the doctor went on to explain that the sleep apnea causes him to stop breathing, which means his brain has to keep waking up to tell his body to breathe. Therefore, he’s never really getting rested. He is miserable during the day, struggles to stay awake lately, sleep walks at night. The past two weeks he has fallen in the house & one time broke his toe while sleep walking. There’s so much more that has all come about in the past weeks, but it’s just been a mess.
I’m really worried, trying to be strong, and stressed out & tired myself. Thankfully, we should now be working toward things getting better. But, I feel like we’ve got a long road ahead still….
Thanks for listening to me vent….
Post # 3
Try not to worry too much. He is with a good doctor now and I’m sure they will put him on a diet plan which will help with his sleep apnea and blood pressure.
Post # 4
my hubby use to snore badly, to the point that i would sleep on the couch – the answer for him, he lost weight. as soon as he started working out and lost a few lbs the snoring stopped – all up he lost about 40lbs and he now only snores when he has full cream dairy (icecream/milk) which is very rare
although i understand your hubby is on meds which makes it harder, if he already isnt working out every single day get him to, start with a 30min walk per day and then introduce some hills, for me exercise is a habit and the hardest part is starting. also start looking at the foods you eat, cut back on dairy and processed foods, salts and sodium and increase your raw/healthier foods
Post # 5
My BIL has sleep apnea and he has one of those ventilator machine thingies (sorry I don’t know the real name of it) to help him get enough oxygen while he sleeps. Has his doctor suggested something like that? Or going to a sleep study? The best way to get rid of it (it is reversible) from what I understand is weight loss, so just keep being supportive and help him work towards getting healthier and hopefully things will start going down a better path for you. I’m glad he’s found a better doctor, I’m sure he’ll be able to help you a lot. Sending happy thoughts your way!
Post # 6
Thankfully, this doctor has put together a plan to get off of the medication he believes has caused the weight gain. DH has already altered his eating significantly since Thursday. I’m working on convincing him to start at least walking w/me in the evenings to help w/the weight also. This doctor feels sure that once he gets off of the medication & starts to lose weight, that a lot of the other stuff will gradually resolve itself also. Weird how this doctor was able to look at DH’s records, pinpoint that medication, saw the continual weight gain pattern w/that medication (not to mention when I looked up the side effects that’s one of the main side effects!), and his other doctor never even put two & two together! DH really hasn’t gained much since I’ve been with him, he is a big guy, but even when he’s tried to lose over this past year, he drops 10 or so lbs & then gains them right back. No wonder. But, he says now, looking back, that when they put him on this medication, that’s when he started packing on the pounds at a gradual but steady rate.
Oh well….I’m just so thankful he got to see this doctor this week. Now it’s time to move forward!
Post # 7
@bakerella: Yes, we’re hoping they get him in for a sleep study this week. They told him they’ll have him on the breathing machine asap too. His doctor told him he doesn’t doubt that he has it, but that they need to do the test to figure out the settings he needs for breathing with the machine.
Post # 9
starting to exercise is the hardest part so i see by your wedding pics there were lots of kiddies, if they are yours get the kids to drag him out – guilt works
i got my hubby a personal trainer and he loves it – hes lost alot of fat and gained alot of muscle and he had a checkup at work last week, my hubby is fitter than guys 15yrs younger than him so pamper to your hubbys ego, we all know that works dont we 🙂
Post # 10
My sister-in-law finally got my brother to go to the dr. for his snoring. He had to go to a sleep study and the results were shocking. He wakes up 57times an hour because he stops breathing. They gave him a mask he needs to wear at night, and it has made a HUGE difference. I’m so glad your DH finally got into a Dr. that is treating the cause and the symptoms. You are definitely on the right road now!