In follow up after the sleep study and a pulmonary function test for my complaint of shortness of breath, I learned that I do have sleep apnea and I also have asthma. I know when the asthma started . . . it was 11 years ago and I'm just being diagnosed. I know that I have had sleep apnea for years, especially since there are subtle changes in my heart due to the physiological
stress from untreated sleep apnea. This is an important point for everyone with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia has so many associated symptoms that patient complaints are ignored resulting in a lack of care. If a doctor ignores your symptoms, go see another doctor. I was fortunate to have seen a very good neurologist that referred me to a pulmonologist. This pulmonologist is an astute healthcare professional that relies on his own intuitive sense. My move to Arizona has been a good one, because I have found compassionate, competent healthcare professionals. Without this move I would continue to have untreated health issues.
My next step is a stress echocardiogram and Cpap titration for my sleep apnea. Just maybe I am going to finally get a good night's sleep. I'll let you all know how this works out. Meanwhile, nighty night and sleep tight. Good night. Don't ever give up . . .