Sleep apnea caused my diabetes?

By coyote Latest Reply 2011-03-31 17:58:56 -0500
Started 2010-12-30 19:27:02 -0600

I had to go see a pulmonary doctor because of some breathing problems I have when I get around certain chemicals and such. The doctor surmized that I needed to do a sleep study he felt it would help in dx the problem. The doctor stated that it was possible I had sleep apnea because I was diabetic and also have heart disease and that this sleep apnea that he thinks I have without any tests being done is the reason I have diabetes heart disease and just recently dx with rheumatoid arthritis in my hands. The test didn't go very well a couple of low bs events kind of kept me from sleeping so they suggested that I come back for another night and they would give me a sleep medication to make sure I went into a deep sleep so they could get better readings for their test. The doctor seemed very put out when I declined taking their sleep medication so they could do another sleep study even though I had informed them about the low bs events. My other doctor stated it was possible I had a type of asthma because I didn't have any other breathing problems unless I got around certain chemicals. Who would have though that something I don't have would cause the health issues I do have.

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coyote 2011-03-28 16:11:28 -0500 Report

An update on the situation with this sleep apnea thing. It turns out I don't have it I took a suggestion from one of the replies about possibly going low was causing the sleep problem. So I check it out and it turned out to be the problem. I tested randomly for a week and found that on the nights i didn't sleep to well my numbers were in the lower 50's and some 60's. Since finding this out I showed the reading to the pulmonary doctor. He agreed that low blood sugars would cause the type of problem I was having. And since my control of my blood sugars have gotten better so has the breathing problem it seems odd that blood sugars would have any effect.

GabbyPA 2011-03-29 07:09:39 -0500 Report

Oh, that is good news. I am so glad that they didn't sedate you. Having lows at night is a common and scary event. I am glad that you are not having them so bad now. What did you change to help prevent that?

coyote 2011-03-30 15:34:57 -0500 Report

After some trial and error I started eating a bowl of rice before I go to bed it raises my BS to around 140 and whenI wake up its usually back down to around 90 to 110 I can live with those kinds of numbers I sleep better with no breathing problems.

GabbyPA 2010-12-31 18:29:43 -0600 Report

The fact that he wanted to basically sedate you to get you to sleep kind of creeped me out since you had a low. He needs to understand that. Maybe it is the lows that are keeping you from sleeping? I would talk to him and make it clear what is going on with you so maybe he can make a better suggestion.

coyote 2010-12-31 00:34:58 -0600 Report

I agree the other doctor seem to think it maybe a type of chemical induced asthma he didn't feel it was serious he just wanted a second opinion from someone in the Pulmonary field. When I mentioned this to the Pulmonary doctor he disagreed. He felt it was caused by sleep apnea and that the sleep apnea was why I had diabetes RA and heart disease.

Life Saver
Life Saver 2010-12-31 01:45:43 -0600 Report

I do NOT think that diabetes causes sleep apnea which I was diagnosed with in April 2007. I had stopped breathing for so long that I had a 48% blood oxygen level. They get excited if it drops below 92 to 94.

I use a mask over my nose and mouth. It sometimes gets pushed to the side and the seal leaks to my face as tight as the creature on the movie, "ALIEN".

If I lose Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, then it's like my battery goes dead and I can fall asleep STANDING UP !!! This has happened about 2 times.

It's more common to fall asleep when sitting. I had people give me a really hard time when I feel asleep when they were doing a presentation, because they thought that I was so bored that I could not stay awake.

I used to wonder if those diagnosed with Narcolepsy … really might just have an UNdiagnosed form of sleep apnea. However, it's different.

My doctors test me every so often for diabetes.

Good luck.
Tulsa, OK

kittenpurr1 2011-03-29 19:13:51 -0500 Report

That's a lot of oxygen level drop. I hardly ever dream, and remember it. Maybe my machine needs adjusting. I hate the times it's on too tight, and my nose kills me the next day. Something, I do in my sleep.

squog master
squog master 2011-03-29 19:53:31 -0500 Report

My head is small that I can't wear the regular mask as it goes across my upper lip & the corners of my eyes. I use one that goes directly into my nose.

coyote 2010-12-30 21:14:28 -0600 Report

No I don't have any symptoms of sleep apnea just had problems breathing when I sprayed some wasp killer outside and the mist from the spray blew back and made it where i couldn't breath very well for a bout 10 mins.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-30 23:31:50 -0600 Report

Sounds more like a reaction to the wasp killer. And it might just be that you got a good lung full. Sounds like your other Dr is more in tuned than the Pulmonary Dr.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-30 19:59:13 -0600 Report

Wow! Do you have any other Sleep Apnea symptoms? Are you tired during the day? Do you wake up with a head ache? Do you snore? I had all those symptoms plus diabetes symptoms at the same time. And I ended up having both. I already had allergies & asthma. I thought I had trouble sleeping during the test due to my RA & I had to sleep on my back which I wasn't use to doing but apparently much of that was because I was stopping breathing then my body would take a deep breath & I would wake up. I don't think I would have taken the sleep medicine either though. Sleep medicines scare me. Many diabetics have Sleep Apnea but many don't have it either. I'm surprised the one Dr was put out about not taking the sleep medicine.

kittenpurr1 2011-03-29 12:43:19 -0500 Report

I have sleep apnea really bad, diagnosed in 2008, I am diabetic, plus have breathing problems. I have feel asleep at some crazy places…at red lights. At KFC- the car running, and I was parked halfway in the space. I feel asleep at the doctors office about 2 weeks ago, I was there for about 20 minutes, didn't feel sleepy at all- got in my car, cranked it up, was going to get something to eat- this was 3 p.m.,the next thing I know…is a man is knocking on my window, saying "Mam, it's 5:30." I was confused- I thought I had missed my doctors appointment, then I realized I hadn't. I told the lab tech about it, the next time I went in, and he told me it was him that woke me up, he was concerned because the car was running, and I was slumped over the steering wheel, he wanted to see if I was breathing, so that's when he knocked on the window. I slept for 2.5 hours with the car running, I don't know how long I would have been out, had that not happened, I am glad I never put the car in gear, this was diabetic realated- I could have hurt someone. I didn't feel hungry or sleepy, with sleep apnea, I sometimes feel the sleepiness coming on. I used to drive 180 miles to visit my family, I have just been afraid to go anywhere lately. No one told me to check my sugar befoe driving, you would think the medical profession would tell you these things, and I am sure they tell some people, I just wasn't one of them.
Now, I know- and I have an extra meter- I am so weighed down, b/c I have to carry the blood pressure machine, the inhaler stuff, and now the case with the monitor for checking the sugar. Plus a big container of water. Along with some medications, I only carry a limited amount of medications, because some are controlled, and with these episodes I experience- I don't want them falling into the wrong hands. I am responsible for these, and I know all the stories people use to get them, again, I have signed documents to say, I agree to keep them in a safe place. I know the problems I would face if, I didn't keep up with them, and had to be with out them for a long period of time.

squog master
squog master 2011-03-29 18:50:27 -0500 Report

Do you use a cpap or bipap machine for your sleep apnea?

squog master
squog master 2011-03-29 19:41:21 -0500 Report

Maybe your numbers on your machine need adjusting since you started using it Before I was diagnosed w/SA I was falling a sleep while sitting in the classroom working individually w/kids. I had trouble keeping my eyes open while driving sometimes.

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