Kleiner wrote:Does anyone know of any correlation between MS (CCSVI) and sleep apnea? I was diagnosed with sleep apnea while going through the million tests to detemine i had MS. I tried the CPAP machine for months but it didn't offer any relief. I am starting to now think that my sleep apnea could have something to do with blood flow and not enough oxygen to the brain and that is what is waking my up constantly not the typical sleep apnea (throat closing). Just a theory and I was wondering if anyone else had any thoughts on this.
Jeff used to wake up gasping for air a few times every night. He'd also thrash and spasm a lot... his doctor thought it was sleep apnea, and he had a sleep test scheduled. We ended up canceling it before he had angioplasty at Stanford. Since the angioplasty, he no longer wakes up gasping, no snoring, no spasms. The change has been remarkable. The only change was the angioplasty and opened jugular veins. We now think that the gasping was his body's way of waking him, so he would sit up and breath.
Here's an interesting study. Doctors here call MS sleep apnea "central sleep apnea" ...meaning it is linked to lesions in the brain, not obstructions in the throat.
We performed polysomnography on eight randomly chosen male patients who met Poser's criteria for definite multiple sclerosis (MS), to obtain an idea of the frequency and severity of sleep apnea (SA) in this population. Ages ranged from 27 to 67 years (mean, 50 years). The mean Kurtzke's disability score was 6.1. Only one complained of awakenings with shortness of breath. Otherwise, none had a history of sleep disorder or significant pulmonary disease. We found that two patients had an apnea index greater than 5, with oxygen desaturation to 60% in one. Two others had apnea indices less than 5, but had oxygen desaturation to 59% and 81% during the apneas. Two patients had apnea indices less than 5 without oxygen desaturation. The apneas were mainly central type, except in one who had a mixed central-obstructive pattern. These preliminary results suggest that SA in MS may be more frequent than suspected, and it can be associated to significant oxygen desaturation in some cases. The potential impact of SA in MS deserves further evaluation. Key Words: Sleep apnea—Multiple sclerosis—Automatic respiration—Central apneas—Apneas with central nervous system lesions.
I'm sure "central apnea" is what the docs would have called Jeff's apnea...but it resolved the day after his angioplasty. Does this mean the lesions in his brain healed overnight? No. It means he was receiving oxygen.