Are chronic fatigue and sleep apnea related?

Apnea + fatigue. People with sleep apnea can be chronically fatigued, but not everyone with chronic fatigue has sleep apnea. Fatigue is a feeling of mental of physical exhaustion but is not the same as sleepiness. Sleepiness is the likelihood someone will fall asleep given the opportunity. You can be fatigued but not sleepy. Mention these symptoms to your physician so they can help you work through them.
Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea means that a person is stopping breathing for at least 10 seconds, many times a night. That means they aren't getting enough oxygen to replenish their brain and their muscles. Short answer - there is a direct link between chronic fatigue and sleep apnea.

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I am wondering how do doctors treat people with diseases like narcolepsy, sleep apnea or chronic fatigue?

Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be treated by losing weight, avoiding sleeping on one's back, wearing a device that forces oxygen into the lungs ( cpap) or a custom made dental device that holds the jaw forward to open the airway. Chronic fatigue may be related to sleep apnea, however, it might be a thyroid problem. Seeing an md for a proper diagnosis is essential to the proper care. Read more...
It varies. For sleep apnea, the most common treatment is a pap device - it splints the airway open to prevent the repetitive airway blockage that fragments sleep. For narcolepsy, typically we utilize stimulant therapy and sometimes a medication called xyrem. It would be important to determine the correct diagnosis and then develop a treatment plan with your physician. Read more...

Is it possible for a man to chronic fatigue syndrome? I do have sleep apnea and struggle with my cpap machine, but fatigue seems to be getting worse.

Fatigue. Daytime sleepiness and fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. It is usually the presenting sign that leads to further testing. Addressing the sleep apnea first would be the best step moving forward before trying other treatments. . Read more...
Chronic Fatigue. Yes. The EBV virus that has been linked in past to "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" is not particular to male or female. You also describe other reasons for fatigue with Sleep apnea. There are newer machines that work very well. Read more...
Start with CPAP. If you know that you have sleep apnea, I would work with the medical supply store and your specialist to find a mask that works well for you to maximize your CPAP and then see how your fatigue improves. Read more...
Chronic Fatigue. Sydrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can't be explained by any underlying medical condition and to date has no known specific cause. Sleep apnea and any chronic condition including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and depression can all cause fatigue. Please discuss with your doctor. Refer to http://www.cdc.gov/cfs, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002224/ Read more...
Yes, it is possible. You have several reasons to suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. I would start by speaking with your sleep apnea specialist regarding titrating, or optimizing, the settings on your cpap machine. This should be done at least every 2 years and especially if you begin having new symptoms. Read more...

L renal failure due to reoccurring reflux. Dx= crohns, sleep apnea, COPD, chronic fatigue, anxiety. What could cause all of this? No answers so far!!!

Need a consultation. It's likely that your conditions are not all coming from a single source. A physician would need to know more about your medical history, social history and specifics surrounding each complaint in order to give helpful advice. You may want to have a Health Tap Virtual on line consultation.A VIDEO/PHONE consultation or an INBOX TEXT consult is best. A real time text consult is not the best for you. Read more...

Why does diagnosis of sleep apnea exclude diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Especially in cases where CPAP fails to remit daytime sleepiness and lassitude,

Sleep apnea. You ask a tough question. It seems you are not responding well to CPAP and are not sleeping all that well. I would start by going back soon to the pulmonologist and let him/her know what is not working well for you. Things may not happen overnight but the team will work diligently with you so that things come in to order. Please let me know how things work out. Read more...
It doesn't but. Since sleep apnea alone is associated with fatigue, one needs to make sure that this is treated adequately. However, having one condition does not preclude one from having another. Read more...

Do I have heart failure? I'm 18 with sleep apnea, chronic stress, hbp, fatigue, palpatation, short of breath and many other issues that aren't solved

Probably not, but. It sounds like there are quite a few symptoms that should be evaluated. An echocardiogram would tell about your heart function and potentially if there are any heart structural reasons for fatigue, palpitations, shortness of breath. An event monior would help assess if there is a heart rhythm cause of palpitations. An 18yo with hypertension is unusual- will need consideration for other causes. Read more...
Heart failure . Is a clinical diagnosis supported by a battery of test like chest x ray, 2d echocardiogram, ekg and labs like b natriuretic peptide. History and physical very important before any test. Most common cause of sleep apnea is obesity. And may be the htn, palpitation, sob and fatigue is all because of the obesity/osa/physical deconditioning syndrome. At 18 doubt you are in chf. But see your physician. Read more...
Did you get help for. Your sleep apnea issues, by treating your sleep apnea you feel much better. Read more...

Possible chronic fatigue syndrome and noticeable REM rebound on sleep apnea treatment. Will taking antidepressants aggravate symptoms of both?

REM Rebound. Rem rebound is common when treatment for sleep apnea is started. Antidepressants will sometimes decrease rem sleep. They will not worsen rem rebound. They may indeed be helpful in chronic fatigue. It is also possible that your chronic fatigue may improve with sleep apnea treatment. A lot depends upon whether your fatigue is physical tiredness or sleepiness. Best wishes to you and i hope you feel better soon. Read more...

What is sleep apnea? Can it cause fatigue

Fatigue is common. Sleep apnea is a condition whereby the patient suddenly stops breathing temporarily and then, seconds or up to a minute later the person once again starts breathing. People with sleep apnea often complain of fatigue during the day. Happens often in the presence of parkinson's disease, stroke, ms, and dementia. Read more...
Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is defined as stopping breathing for 10 seconds or more. It can develop for many reasons: allergies, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, deviated septum, being over weight, sleeping on one's back, orthodontic treatment that includes extraction of teeth causes crowding of the arches and tongue, alcohol, medications are just some of the factors that can play a role in developing sleep apnea. Read more...

I realise I suffer from sleep apnea for a long time although I don't snore. What changes in my habits should I make to reduce the resulting fatigue?

Check Soft tissue. You may have soft tissue problems, check your mallampati, pharyngeal wall tissues, tonsil size (grade 2, 3 or 4), uvula, adenoids, all play a role in sleep apnea, sleep position, sleep hygiene are also important. Read more...
It's hard to say. I see you are only 19 years old. You should have a sleep study to determine what type of sleep apnea you have---obstructive, central, or a mix of the both. Obesity is a major risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common form . Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that should be managed. All the best. Read more...