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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   In April of 1986, I was diagnosed with having insomnia, after complaining of sleep problems for the past 2.5 years. I also complained of being fatigued on several occassions. Two months prior to being diagnosed with insomnia my girlfriend made me move out of the bedroom we shared, alleging I snored to loud, she also informed me I stopped breathing in my sleep; I had also been told this by my roommate in the military. I went to see a medic in the army about the problem, and he told me to not worry about my breathing problem if it wasn't causing me any physical problems. thruout the years other people would inform me that I stopped breathing in my sleep, and I would tell them that the medic said that it was nothing to be concerned with. I've gained over 90lbs since leaving the military in July 86. Is there a 50% or better chance I had sleep apnea in the military, and is there a connection with the sleep apnea then, and my current sleep apnea diagnosis.                                                   
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query.
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   45
Doctor :   May I know your weight and height?
User :   220 LBS, 5FT 8 INCHES
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain.
Doctor :   Sleep apnea is diagnosed only after a sleep studies.
Doctor :   Increased weight or nasal conditions may be responsible for these symptoms.
Doctor :   However if the sleep studies show that you are having more than 10 to 12 apneic episodes in a night, then the condition of sleep apnea is diagnosed.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have said.
Doctor :   If these apneic spells are disturbing your sleep or if these spells are severe, then you would need a form of ventilation while you sleep,
User :   I had a sleep study done in November of 2007, and I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. My question was, that if I was diagnosed with having insomnia in April of 1986, and I had been having trouble sleeping for 2.5 years, and I was told I stopped breathing, is there a 50% chance or better I had sleep apnea then, and could it be connected to my current condition
Doctor :   Yes, then there are more possiblilities that your disturbed sleep may have been due to sleep apnea.
Doctor :   If you still had those factors then.
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