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Letter: Sleep Apnea

Bean, Sue

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000414206.29460.19

Connersville, IN

At 34 years old, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). My symptoms were fatigue, slurred speech, the sensation of pins and needles running down my arms and legs, trouble with balance, and spasticity.

I was on different types of MS medications for 10 years when my neurologist said that she didn't think I had MS, so I was sent back to different doctors: MS specialists, neurosurgeons, rheumatoid specialists, and an infectious disease doctor (I tested a false positive for Lyme's disease). The infectious disease doctor told me to have a sleep study done. I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and chronic sinusitis.

At the age of 44 years old, I had reconstructive surgery of my sinuses and had my tonsils and adenoids removed. I have so much energy now!

Sue Bean

Connersville, IN

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