Disability: Sleep Apnea
by Ben G
i was an over the road truck driver until 3 years ago... to drive a truck you have to do a dot physical. i had always passed my yearly physical until that year.
They started to worry about drivers and sleep apnea. i never heard of sleap apnea before so i had no idea i had it but the doctor doing my physical had me do a sleep study, when the results came back - it supprised me.
The sleep study doctor told me i had the worst case of sleep apnea he had ever seen. he also found i had something called pickwickian syndrom, which is when your neck is so thick it restricts you airways and that contibuted to the severity of my sleep apnea.
i got on social security disability as a result and it is a major pay decrease so it is hard finacially but i find it harder on me health wise as i am not very active and that has caused me to gain quite a bit of weight, and that makes the sleep apnea even worse which in turn makes me even less active because i am tired all the time now.
The apnea has gotten so bad it is affecting my health in other area's as well, my memory is real bad now and becuase of the weight gain i am slightly diabetic.
i am also conserned with my heart as sleep apnea is bad for your heart as well. that is my dissability story and i hope it helps someone out there.