Anyway, I have basically spent my entire life really tired, and to some degree resigned myself to that reality. I know I probably should have taken a sleep study earlier, but, well, you know how I feel about doctors. So, I went on living my life, souped up on caffeine, pondering the possibility of injecting coffee into my blood stream directly, and insisting to people that I really I do not have high energy but I need to keep moving so I do not fall asleep. Then my new psychiatrist tells me that I absolutely have to try this neurologist she saw for her sleep problems, that he is a genius, blah blah. And I was like, okay, maybe I can write a blog entry about it.
It was fine. The test itself was fine; the bed was super comfy, I could watch TV until I felt sleepy, and the little electrodes they attached to my head, face, arms and legs were not actually to uncomfortable.
The consult afterward was not terrible, but I am not sure that I agree that the neurologist is a genius just yet, and that in and of itself is a little disappointing. (I always have such high hopes...) So according to my doctor I have a few things going on, that are really common for people with depression. First and foremost, I have RBD, REM Behavioral disorder. It is a disorder that essentially means I act out my dreams in my sleep and the doctor suggests it may be a result of the medication I am taking. This already started sounding a little questionable to me because I have always thrashed, cried and shouted in my sleep, even as a baby; it can't just be from my medications.
Anyway, since I obviously am not going off my medications, (I have resumed my meds ever since the little incident during my potential miscarriage in January) the doctor suggested I try clonazepam.
Yeah, that's not gonna work. First of all, clonazepam is a big no-no for pregnant ladies. Plus, clonazepam and I are not friends. I tired it in high school and it really only makes me ridiculously tired; not the kind of help I am looking for.
So, the other problem my doctor noticed was sleep apnea; a very mild one. I think I stop breathing like every four times an hour. In order to fix this minor problem, the doctor suggested I wear SCUBA gear while sleeping. Okay, not actually SCUBA gear, its actually called a CPAP, but it certainly looks like SCUBA gear, and definitely makes sounds like Darth Vader.
|My first question: does it come with accompanying lingerie?|
So, I need to go back and talk to the guy I guess. I mean- is it really worth it if my big problem is the RBD? We'll see.
Anybody out there use the CPAP or the mouth piece? What did you think?