Last Thursday, after 5 months of waiting for results, I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea. Im still waiting for the hospital appointment to go for further test etc. but finally I feel im finally getting somewhere. (NHS seems to be well slow to be fair).
However, the symptoms of Sleep Apnoea have been with me since of March 2006. Why has it taken so long? The doctors here suck!
I have had loads of tests from diabetes to allergies to scans etc. without luck and the doctors mis-diagnosing. However, there was an article in the news paper in January that my Girl Friend found about different types of snoring (as by this point my snoring had become unbearable) so I told the doctor i wanted the test. However, looking at the list of symptoms, I seem to have checked every box from deep snoring, choking alot in my sleep (with shuddering), sweating consistently, short memory loss and being very grumpy and angry. Also, i seem to be drifting asleep while driving the car but never could stay awake while being a passenger, reading books, watching tv and even work too (as im always on the computer).
I did find a temp solution to help me a little (until the results came back) by using a snore mate but that was very hit and miss and the gum shield kept falling out of my mouth.
Im glad in a way that the hospital has finally found what has been wrong with me for a few years but one thing they did mention is that I would have to let the DVLA know. This is worrying as I use my car every day and would be a comlete pain if I were to use public transport as it would add an extra 2 hours onto my journey in the morning and evenings.
I was wondering if anyone else has had experience with the DVLA and also and tips and pointers up until and after my next hospital appointment?
Thanks all for listening and Im hoping to get alot of use out of the forum