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  • Writer's pictureDr. Sunena Saju

My battle against ASTHMA and the end of it.

When I walked in through the doors of Dr. Sampath’s OPD, I never knew my life was going to change. I was struggling to breathe for the past 5years. It had all started as small occasional episodes of asthma attacks that were managed with occasional inhalers. Gradually it progressed to a daily affair and I was soon dependent on inhalers up to 4-5 times a day. Despite the regular steroid medications and routine hospital visits, I still couldn’t breathe with ease. My day-to-day activities and work were affected and it was getting even difficult to sit for long hours. Breathing was becoming a tedious job and all doctors I met would try altering my drug dosage and investigate for allergy and asthma precipitating factors but in vain. Not to mention the unsocial snoring at night which eventually forced my wife and children to sleep in another room. Stress and struggle went up day by day.

On hearing my story and examining me, Dr. Sampath asked for a sleep study, where my blood oxygen saturation, heartbeat, respiratory effort, etc., were monitored while in normal sleep. The results were shocking and revealed the exact underlying cause of all this.

It was Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a condition where airway collapse during sleep leads to reduced oxygen concentration in blood, which can have severe after-effects like heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes.

I underwent a daycare procedure called DISE (Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy) where the exact site of obstruction by using endoscopy after administering the anesthetic drug Propofol.

After a detailed evaluation, the treatment required was finalized and I had to undergo surgery by which the structural problems could be solved and the cycle could be broken.

The date of the surgery was fixed and as the day of surgery was nearby I was very confused whether a simple surgery like this could solve the problem I was facing for a long time...

I had undergone a septoplasty for my deviation of nasal septum and uvulopalatoplasty for my oropharyngeal narrowed airway.

I was so surprised about the fact that immediately after surgery once I was out of anesthesia, I could breathe without any difficulty. That tightness I was facing all this time was gone and I could feel my lungs fill with air. Though I had slight pain from surgery I was overjoyed by the fact that I was no longer struggling to breathe.

Now it's been a month after my surgery and I'm a new man altogether...I feel fresh when I wake up. I am more efficient at everything I do as I don't have to struggle to take a breath. And most importantly no use of steroid inhalers.

This is not the story of one person but a common thing of 100s of people who undergo treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

Bangalore ENT Institute and Research Center have world-class facilities and services for Sleep Apnea management, with 100s of such successful patient testimonials.

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