Published Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I suffered from migraine headaches for many years, with the only relief being very strong medications. I learned to live with the headaches, predict them and their severity and treat them without drugs if they were caught early enough.
Then I had a sleep study done. I was diagnosed with severe apnea and supplied with a CPAP. I questioned the doctor at length when he almost guaranteed me that my headaches would lessen in frequency. He said that I was suffering from oxygen deprivation.
I have used the CPAP every night since then (12 years), and my need for migraine meds dropped 80 percent to 90 percent. CPAP saved my life.
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a device used to treat snoring and other problems related to sleep apnea (intermittent failure to breathe during sleep).
A recent study has found that sleep apnea resulting in low oxygen levels is associated with a greater likelihood of cognitive decline and even dementia in elderly women (Journal of the American Medical Association, Aug. 10).
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” Buddha[/color][/i]