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Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome psychiatric probs

Posted by LostBoyinNCBecksDark on November 18, 2008, at 1:13:37

My sleep doctor told me I probably had something called "Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome" going as far back as my late twenties, around the time when my mental problems developed. I now have full blown obstructive sleep apnea and use CPAP religiously.

I found out that UARS is like super mild sleep apnea, and oftentimes presents itself as more like psychiatric symptoms rather than classic sleep apnea excessive daytime sleepiness.

UARS is treated with CPAP and can only be diagnosed formally in a sleep study, using specialized equipment not normally used in sleep studies. Most doctors are unaware of UARS and its psychiatric-like presentation.

Might be something to check out if you are 1) treatment resistant; 2) snore heavily; 3) are overweight; 4) have upper respiratory problems such as sinus issues, enlarged tonsils, etc.

Read about it on Medscape:

"Not infrequently, UARS is misinterpreted as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or psychiatric disorders, such as attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.[31"





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