It now seems the catalyst for my depression is sleep apnoea! Why has it taken the medical profession 20 years to realise this?? For years i have been going to doctors to complain about the fact i wake at least 3-4 times a night and rarely get more than 4 hours unbroken sleep! I have also been going to doctors for years about my depression!! But it took me researching the reasons i wake and making a self diagnosis of sleep apnoea, and then raising this with my GP, for them to put 2+2 together!
And to make matters worse when i told my GP i believed it was sleep apnoea, his first reaction was "well that means you cant drive anymore!!" Im suffering from depression, i have to drive as part of my job, and im a car lover (my GP is aware of this as we have discussed before due to my choice of cars and my back problems) and this was how my doctor thought he should break this news to me!
All i can say is thank goodness for the internet! Without it my condition may have gone undiagnosed for years, and i would have continued to suffer.
The moral of this story is if you are having any sort of medical problems, do some research yourself, and then tell your GP your findings!!
Im now waiting for an appointment for the sleep clinic to see how severe my apnoea is and if it can be treated, and despite what my GP told me i will be able to continue driving if its shown it doesnt affect me during the day, and as ive been driving for 20 years and never had an accident that i was responsible for, i strongly believe it does not affect my ability to drive!