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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Apnea. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, and it is often something that you will only know about if someone else tells you. Even if it was in the distant past, it is still important for you to mention being told that you snore.
Why: Apnoeic episodes or short periods where you appear to stop breathing when you are sleeping can indicate obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea. If you experience obstructive sleep apnea, then those who witness you "not breathing" may notice that your chest still moves and it looks like you are trying to breath, but no air is actually passing in or out of your mouth. However in central sleep apnea the witness may say that you do not try to breathe at all and are quite still during these episodes. There are important differences between these two types of apnea, and may require difference management strategies. You may have to go home and specifically ask your partner/family/bed-partner about their exact observations.
Why: This is a very general question which allows you to tell your health professional about what concerns you. In particular it is important to mention whether or not you feel that you are having good quality sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea can cause a feeling of not sleeping well. Also, it may assist your Health Professional to understand your particular circumstance if they know a little about your sleep habits and hygiene.
Why: Headaches in the morning, or just after you wake up can indicate obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea. It may help if you describe these headaches for your health professional, i.e., where are they, how bad are they, what do they feel like, do they go away, does anything make them worse.
Why: A decreased libido can also occur in obstructive sleep apnea, and may cause you to feel embarrassed or particularly distressed. Even so, it is important for you to talk about this with your Health Professional as they may be able to suggest management options for both your apnea and decreased libido.
Why: obstructive sleep apnea can result in poorer than usual cognitive abilities, and this is usually best reflected or noticed at work/school.
Why: Obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea may impair your ability to concentrate and you may notice such subtle things as not being able to read an entire newspaper or watch an entire movie in one sitting.
Why: obstructive sleep apnea can place you at greater risk of hypertension. Whilst Hypertension requires separate management strategies from obstructive sleep apnea, the presence of one should raise some suspicion of the other. This is even more so in those who are overweight, middle-aged and male.
Why: Obstructive sleep apnea can increase your risk of being involved in a traffic accident by up to nine times.
Why: Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition which tends to run in families. The exact genetics are as yet unclear; however jaw/neck shape and size tend to be familial, with certain shapes and sizes increasing your risk of obstructive sleep apnea.
Why: Alcohol consumption can predispose you to obstructive sleep apnea, particularly if you have been consuming it in the few hours before going to bed. They do this by causing muscles which open your airways to be more relaxed than usual.
Why: These are both endocrine conditions which can predispose you to obstructive sleep apnea. Acromegaly is caused by an excessive release of growth hormone, whereas hypothyroidism is caused by the reduced release of thyroid hormones.
Why: If you need to pass urine more than twice per night then you may be experiencing an higher than usual urinary frequency at night (nocturia). Obstructive sleep apnea can result in nocturia as a consequence of its disruption of your sleep routine and circadian rhythms.
Why: Neurological conditions can result in central sleep apnea, as they may interfere with the function of the respiratory centers of the brain, or they may interfere with the muscles/nerves which control breathing.
Why: Enlargement of the tonsils or adenoid glands in your throat may cause obstructive sleep apnea. It is important for your Health Professional to know if you have had either or both of these glands removed as it effectively rules them out as a cause of your condition.
Why: All of these conditions can predispose you to obstructive sleep apnea.
The following list of conditions have 'Apnea' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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