Sleep Apnea? Really?

So I posted yesterday about how tired I’ve been feeling. I had a check-in appointment with Dr. Max today to discuss how I’ve been doing on the Humira, and mentioned that my only symptoms are fatigue and headaches, and I suspect the headaches are because of how tired I am. I told him I’m nervous that the fatigue is due to Lupus, which theoretically would mean that the Humira is not helping with the Lupus, even though I feel much better otherwise.

Dr. Max said that he thinks I have sleep apnea, and wants me to go to a sleep specialist. Hoping for reassurance, I said to him-

Me: Gee, I don’t know. How would I sleep in a place like that? Seems weird.

Dr. Max: I know, right? It’s freaky. I don’t think I could do it.

Hmm. Thanks for the confidence-builder, Dr. Max.  I’m going to do it anyway, though, because 1-I’m a trooper, and 2-shit, I can’t go on like this anymore. I’m SO TIRED. If something leads me toward a fix, I’m all for it. I also had blood taken in their lab to determine if the fatigue is, in fact, due to Lupus.

A vendor I met via the medical ad agency where I work told me about this machine he has that tests how well you sleep and you use it at home, so I’m going to see if I can borrow it from him and try it out in advance of my sleep study, if I do in fact have to do one. I kind of wonder how the at-home test works versus the at-the-hospital test.


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