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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hello there so so worried as tonite i have had thios feeling in the head it like dizziness and its very strong feeling and i look around and worried i also could have sleep apnea
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is this the first time you have this problem?
User :   as last nite i slept with my dad as he could check and he said i was snoring very lighty early hours of the morning
Doctor :   Did you have it earlier
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you feel refreshed after last night sleep?
User :   as one day i had a sllep in the day and then i woke feeling very breathless
User :   i was very sleepy like i wanted to go back to sleep as get up at 7:15 am in the morning
Doctor :   Did you go back then?
User :   and then i got up and layed on lounge and went to sleep alittle but today i didnt feel that tired
Doctor :   Ok good sign amongst many other complaints
User :   my dad wouldnt let me go back to sllep so i layed on the lounge and slept for 5 mins
Doctor :   Do practise to nap for few minutes in between your work / house hold chores
User :   so could i have sleep apnea
User :   my dad told me when i was snoring that little bit i wasnt snorting or gapsing for breath
User :   hello
Doctor :   Listen to me now, Sleep apnoea, you would not let others sleep at all, it would be so loud and al through out the night
Doctor :   There would be distinct pause in between the breathing
Doctor :   You would have day time sleepiness daily
Doctor :   You would choke in the sleep
Doctor :   YOu are not complaining of all the above or many of the above
Doctor :   so I would not label it so
User :   what about waking up feeling i cant breath
Doctor :   Otherwise I would ask to get sleep studies done
Doctor :   Waking up feeling and can't breath does not satisfy the major criterion of Sleep apnoea
User :   i am getting a sleep studie done as my doctor wants to rule it out
User :   and my heart was racing the other night when i woke up feeling i couldnt breath
Doctor :   Ok the biggest tell tale sign for sleep apnoea is how do you feel in the morning
User :   i feel very very tried when i first wake and find it hard to wake up
Doctor :   That is Ok
User :   and sumtimes i am very very tired in the day and going out in the sun makes i worse
Doctor :   but are you extremely fatigued
User :   what u mean
Doctor :   Sleepiness and not able to perform any activities
Doctor :   because of weakness
User :   not really no
Doctor :   Do you have problems about memory or concentration?
User :   i find it very very hard to wake up and i mean very hard
User :   memory i do and abit of conctration
User :   why
Doctor :   I hope you won't be offended, but here goes
Doctor :   Are you depressed, and if so, have you sought help for your depression?
User :   also i get this weird feeling in the head like a very bad dizziness like i will lose balance and i feel very sleepiness and very scared whats wrong with me
User :   i only suffer with anxitey
Doctor :   Have you recently tested with your doctor again
Doctor :   Are you taking medications for it?
User :   and i have this problem as i have a queen size bed and i only sleep in the bed and sum morning i find myself over one side when i usally sleep in he middle
User :   i havent tested with the doctor again
User :   i feel like there is sumthing wrong wih my brain when i get this weird sansation in the head
Doctor :   You could have tested with your doctor for revision of medications
User :   whats wrong with me!!
Doctor :   Truer statement is, yoiu are anxious and you have problems with sleep
Doctor :   It is easy to treat anxiety and thus the other problems
User :   i aint on meds now as the psychirist said he is going to try doing it without any meds but i dont see how that is going to work
User :   if i dont have sleep apnea could they find sumthing else wrong with my sleep in the sleep studie
Doctor :   You need help in the thought processes
User :   what you mean
Doctor :   and that is vexing you or taking away your sleep
User :   so could they find anything in my sleep studie
Doctor :   Yes why not
Doctor :   If you really do not have Sleep apnoea, it says in the sleep studies
Doctor :   Once that is ruled out, then anxiety should be treated
User :   what could thy find with my sleep in the sleep studie with what i have told you so far
Doctor :   Oh, that is a tough question for me, as this is not within my perview, a question to a Pulmonologist / Sleep specialist
User :   what would the sleep person be looking at when i am asleep with all the leads on me
User :   i start to et tired about 5 pm in the afternoon and go down from there
Doctor :   The pauses, the REM phase, the NREM sleep patterns
Doctor :   I hope thyroid problem is ruled out
User :   so what does rem mean
Doctor :   Rapid Eye movement
Doctor :   I have few tips
Doctor :   Sleep on your side.
User :   what happen in REM when your asleep
User :   i used to sleep walk when i was about 17 to 24 years old
User :   and i dont remember sleep walking
Doctor :   I hardly treated people with sleep problems and have not read the sleep studies in detail
User :   so could they pick sumthing up in the sleep studie
Doctor :   Yes
User :   but i dont think i have slept walked for a while now
Doctor :   Ok
User :   so how come when u sleep walk you dont bang into things when sleep walking
Doctor :   I have few who bang into things
User :   also i dont know how the psychrist is going to treat my anxitey if he not going to be doing it with meds and i will be living in fear for a long time
User :   does sleep apnea happen everynite when u are sleeping!!
Doctor :   he should treat with medicines
Doctor :   It is not right to withhold them
Doctor :   while you require them now
Doctor :   Sleep apnoea can happen every night
Doctor :   You can take a video of your sleep and take it to the Psychiatrist
Doctor :   You can record your snoring too
User :   my doctor is checking to see if i have sleep apnea
User :   why do sum people more there mouth when they have sleep apnea
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   this recording should help him
Doctor :   make out
User :   wold the sleep studie be taking videos of u at all
Doctor :   Keep a sleep diary also
User :   would i beable to tell if i had sleep apnea
User :   and do you think i could have it
User :   you thre
Doctor :   I do not think of sleep apnoea with your description
Doctor :   but ofcourse your doctor or me would be elaborate if your father or your recordings
Doctor :   are there
Doctor :   Do you follow?
User :   do you think my dad would have known if i had stpped breath and started again
Doctor :   If he has been witnessing the events that are happening, his description of the events can help the doctors in formulating the diagnosis.
User :   no he hasnt been awake but would he wake if i did stop breathing
User :   and would i snort
User :   an i know that i move alot in my sleep as well so they could pick up sumthing
Doctor :   Snoring is an initial symptoms that can happen with patients with sleep apnea.
Doctor :   However not all people who snore develop sleep apnea.
User :   i snore abit so could i have it
User :   and its not alot
Doctor :   As I told you not all people who snore go on to develop sleep apnea.
Doctor :   If you feel that your sleep is constantly disturbed, and you are waking up repeatedly at night,
Doctor :   you can record your sleep with a camera.
Doctor :   Consult a doctor with this recording.
User :   and my dad has very loud snoring and he may wake himself up with his snoring and snort but dont know if he stops breathing at all and he had his heart check with a stress test and his heart was good
Doctor :   This will help in the diagnosis of the condition.
User :   what could be wrong with me and my head and feel very strange like i aint here and i am in a driffent plant at times
User :   and i dont know what dizzieness fewels like at all
Doctor :   Since when are you having this symptom?
User :   i had it today when going to get my son from school and when i was at home too
User :   what could be wrong
User :   and is t life threatening
Doctor :   Do you have similar symptoms in the past?'
User :   no
Doctor :   Are you there?'
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   In the absence of recurrent symptoms,
Doctor :   I do not find any condition suggesting of a serious concern.
Doctor :   However if you have repeated symptoms
User :   and get the feeling like i am very very dizzie and its scarey as very very strong feeling
Doctor :   you will need a psychiatric evaluation.
User :   whys that
Doctor :   Description of symptoms match the symptoms of dissociative disorder
Doctor :   which could be an isolated disorder or part of any other psychiatric illness.
Doctor :   That needs to be evaluated.
User :   why
User :   whats wrong with me
User :   so scared now
Doctor :   Siting from this far without physical examination, I will not be able to give you conclusive diagnosis.
User :   and get a weird feeling in eyes and dont know if thats dizziness
Doctor :   Dizziness is a subjective symptoms
User :   what you mean
Doctor :   It is not confirm a medical disease.
Doctor :   Symptoms of dizziness are seen in Ear pathology, cardiac condition, eye problem
Doctor :   and occasionally a cerebellar condition.
Doctor :   Having said that, most often
Doctor :   isolated symptoms happening in paroxysm are usually
Doctor :   a benign non concerning problem
Doctor :   where the cause is not known.
Doctor :   Hence I do not suggest you to worry about this symptom.
User :   so could i have a heart problem
Doctor :   Consult your doctor if these symptoms occur very frequently.
Doctor :   I have just explained about this condition.
Doctor :   Medical conditions are considered if persisting, recurrent dizziness associated with other symptoms are found.
Doctor :   Do you follow?
User :   what heart condition could i have
User :   so scared now
User :   could it be from anxitey
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   Anxiety can cause the symptom.
User :   what is the sansation in the eyes its a feeling not head spin feeling
Doctor :   As I said to you earlier, since the symptom you report is a subjective feeling, it is difficult task to give a appropriate opinion on them.
Doctor :   I suggest that you consider consulting your doctor
Doctor :   for a physical examination.

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