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    I was recently told by my docotor (last friday) that I may have sleep apnea.
    i went because i have been slugish and lost my appetite and find it hard to get my work done. i thought i had mono (still waiting on the blood test) but i have a feeling it may be sleep apnea. my toncils are the size of small apples and take up most of my throat. that all being said i have two questions for anyone who has input.

    has anyone had sleep apnea? what did you do about it? how did you feel beofre you knew you had it (were you tired etc..)

    has anyone had their toncils out? how much weight did you loose if any? how long cant you eat solid foods for?

    thanks for all your help in advance.

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    Sleep apnea guy here. I wear what they call a CPAP, that basically is a mask that blows air into your lungs to make sure that you do not stop breathing, which is what sleep apnea is. I am 27 and have probably had it for a while but when you are young you can get by on just a few hours of sleep, at least I can. The machine took me a week or so to get used to but it is worth it. My father had it chronically before he found out he had sleep apnea. I was actually with him and he fell asleep at a stop light before it turned green. It is a good thing to go ahead and get taken care of now, because it actually does shorten your life. Your oxygen levels drop in your sleep because of your lack of breathing. If you have any more questions just let me know, glad to help.
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    get a sleep study test done to diagnose, cpap machine is one possible option, cant say I have read on any surgical options. Considering getting a study done due to really bad snoring, to the point I wake myself up from the sound.
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    Ya I went and got the sleep study done. One of the main things they look at is the size of your neck. I think it was if you had over a size 18.5 neck your chances were like over 80% of having it, don't quote me on that though. Make sure you have some good insurance before you do the study. The cost of just the study was over $2000. I know a guy who got the surgery done and it helped but didn't totally fix it, only guarantee is the cpap machine.
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    my roomate in college had this. he would snore extremely loud when he slept on his back and it would sound like he was choking or drowning or something. the machine really helped him, he slept much better and stopped snoring
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    $2,000!!! holy crap. i cant afford that and i doubt my insurance will cover it. my doctor said it may be due to the size of my toncils, their abnormally large and it affects my breathing. i even get food stuck against my throat from them. even the doctor, a professional, said, and i quote, "damn!" when she looked in my mouth. my girlfriend said shes watched me sleep sometimes and she said shes seen me stop breathing. she told me this even prior to my doctor mentioning it.

    has anyone had there toncils out???
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukeshavenfarms View Post
    Sleep apnea guy here. I wear what they call a CPAP, that basically is a mask that blows air into your lungs to make sure that you do not stop breathing, which is what sleep apnea is. I am 27 and have probably had it for a while but when you are young you can get by on just a few hours of sleep, at least I can. The machine took me a week or so to get used to but it is worth it. My father had it chronically before he found out he had sleep apnea. I was actually with him and he fell asleep at a stop light before it turned green. It is a good thing to go ahead and get taken care of now, because it actually does shorten your life. Your oxygen levels drop in your sleep because of your lack of breathing. If you have any more questions just let me know, glad to help.
    were you tired during the day?? prior to finding out i mean
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post
    were you tired during the day?? prior to finding out i mean
    Actually no, I don't require much sleep to function properly. But I did snore terribly, sans wife. I do notice though that when I have the opportunity to sleep in now I do not, as before I did and easily could. Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post
    $2,000!!! holy crap. i cant afford that and i doubt my insurance will cover it. my doctor said it may be due to the size of my toncils, their abnormally large and it affects my breathing. i even get food stuck against my throat from them. even the doctor, a professional, said, and i quote, "damn!" when she looked in my mouth. my girlfriend said shes watched me sleep sometimes and she said shes seen me stop breathing. she told me this even prior to my doctor mentioning it.

    has anyone had there toncils out???
    I had my tonsils out in December of 2002. I was 23, almost 24 years old at the time. My ENT specialist was young and studied under some doctors that had unconventional practices for recovery after having tonsils removed. He told me to start eating solid food AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. He said the solid food will cause the tissue to scab over and start healing faster, so I got started on the way home. I had my dad hit the Taco Bell drive-thru and I ate hardshell tacos just a few hours post-op. I never missed a solid meal. I obviously had to take some time off from the gym, about ten days if I remember right. But weight loss was minimal due to the fact that I ate solid food the entire time. I use to have chronic tonsilitis, and having my tonsils out put a stop to this. Getting my tonsils removed was one of the best things I've done for myself medically. If you have the insurance, I would highly recommend getting them cut out.

    I'm not much help in the sleep apnea department. When my weight hit 205, I began snoring like a grizzly bear, and the heavier I get, the worse it seems to get. I'm often tired no matter how much sleep I get. I've been told I stop breathing at times as well, so who knows? I know that the circumference of your neck has a lot to do with it as well. One of my training partners goes 6'1 and 320 and it sounds like a Perterbuilt is sitting in his bedroom idling at night...lol! His wife sleeps in the other end of the house his snoring is so bad. My point being his neck is massive and it seems to be a common denominator among people that have large necks, whether it be from being overweight, or muscular. I'm not sure the body differentiates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironhyde View Post
    I had my tonsils out in December of 2002. I was 23, almost 24 years old at the time. My ENT specialist was young and studied under some doctors that had unconventional practices for recovery after having tonsils removed. He told me to start eating solid food AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. He said the solid food will cause the tissue to scab over and start healing faster, so I got started on the way home. I had my dad hit the Taco Bell drive-thru and I ate hardshell tacos just a few hours post-op. I never missed a solid meal. I obviously had to take some time off from the gym, about ten days if I remember right. But weight loss was minimal due to the fact that I ate solid food the entire time. I use to have chronic tonsilitis, and having my tonsils out put a stop to this. Getting my tonsils removed was one of the best things I've done for myself medically. If you have the insurance, I would highly recommend getting them cut out.

    I'm not much help in the sleep apnea department. When my weight hit 205, I began snoring like a grizzly bear, and the heavier I get, the worse it seems to get. I'm often tired no matter how much sleep I get. I've been told I stop breathing at times as well, so who knows? I know that the circumference of your neck has a lot to do with it as well. One of my training partners goes 6'1 and 320 and it sounds like a Perterbuilt is sitting in his bedroom idling at night...lol! His wife sleeps in the other end of the house his snoring is so bad. My point being his neck is massive and it seems to be a common denominator among people that have large necks, whether it be from being overweight, or muscular. I'm not sure the body differentiates.
    thanks man that was alot of help. i just for my referal from my doctors to go see the ears nose and throat doctor. you really couldnt lift for ten days? do they tell you not too? and if you stop breathing you prob have sleep apnea too man cause thats basically what it is. m grilfriend tells me all the time how worried she is when she sees me stop breathing when im asleep. my neck is only 18.5 so i dont think its too big. i dunno i start cutting on monday so that will prob help too once i loose a few pounds
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post
    thanks man that was alot of help. i just for my referal from my doctors to go see the ears nose and throat doctor. you really couldnt lift for ten days? do they tell you not too? and if you stop breathing you prob have sleep apnea too man cause thats basically what it is. m grilfriend tells me all the time how worried she is when she sees me stop breathing when im asleep. my neck is only 18.5 so i dont think its too big. i dunno i start cutting on monday so that will prob help too once i loose a few pounds
    You run the risk of breaking stitches and causing the bleeding to start if you strain too soon. You don't want that. I think they actually told me two weeks, but I snuck back in a few days earlier because I felt pretty good and had no issues with bleeding, so I wasn't really worried about it.
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    damn, i have having to sit out. awell as long as it helps. did you notice it helping with breathing during lifting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post
    damn, i have having to sit out. awell as long as it helps. did you notice it helping with breathing during lifting?
    Honestly, I can't really say. My main issues with breathing came when I had bronchitis or tonsilitis, so as far as training when I was healthy, I'm not sure there was any added benefit other than just not getting sick nearly as much, which was really helpful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post
    damn, i have having to sit out. awell as long as it helps. did you notice it helping with breathing during lifting?
    lol dude take a week off!!!! you could probably use the time to recover anyway if you are lifting all the time
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    I hate CPAP.

    I actually slept worse with the damn thing. I didn't feel like it was working with me at all...I felt out of breath. Hell, I don't breath that hard when I work out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonG42O View Post
    lol dude take a week off!!!! you could probably use the time to recover anyway if you are lifting all the time
    i frequently take time off. i took of 10 days two weeks ago to let my aches heal up. i just dont like taking off when i dont want to yet.
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    While all of us sleep disorder people are here, has anyone tried that gadget I've seen advertised on TV called ZEO?

    I was wondering if it works or just bunk...

    http://www.myzeo.com/
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    ricky..just found this thread....any update? and i'll put in my .02 my wife noticed me not breathing during sleep so i actually opted for the tonsillectomy and removal of my uvula which opened my throat considerably, but didn't really help the problem. i got my cpap last year and like bigrobbierob said, i hated it at first. it took some real getting used to.
    i really don't use it anymore since dropping about 50 lbs, but i think it helped me sleep and i was able to work out the next day instead of wanting to nap. i think the sleep study sucked more than the damn machine though, all those damn wires attached everywhere how do they expect you to sleep lol.
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    Ur body doesnt know the difference between a muscular neck or a fat one.. when u sleep gravity is forcing that weight down around ur throat. Never had an issue sleeping till i got big on my first cyc.
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    Ive had sleep apnea and been sleeping w/a cpap ever since except for a couple yrs. when i stayed dieted down and small. As soon as i got big again, the terrible sleep followed. Sux to know i did this
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    to myself in a quest for large muscles.. lol Oh well at least its not fat weight induced sleep apnea
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    Quote Originally Posted by PumpDogg View Post
    Ur body doesnt know the difference between a muscular neck or a fat one.. when u sleep gravity is forcing that weight down around ur throat. Never had an issue sleeping till i got big on my first cyc.
    My doctor said mine was due to being muscular....my neck muscles are so thick it narrowed my windpipe.

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