Sleep struggles and pulmonary hypertension
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Andrew explains what it's like living with pulmonary hypertension.
Pulmonary hypertension is a serious heart and lung disease, which affects just 7,000 people in the UK, has had a big impact on his ability to sleep.
“Last year, I took a turn for the worse and as a result, had a Hickman line fitted. I find myself now with a lot less energy and get fatigued very quickly.
"Concern about my Hickman line getting tangled keeps me awake."
But when I try and sleep, I toss and turn, only managing two to three hours at a time. Concern about my Hickman line getting tangled keeps me awake and it’s become more of an issue over the last six months.
The lack of sleep has affected my quality of life because I find myself needing a ‘power nap’ more often now, and my poor wife's sleeping pattern has been knocked about as I'm always fidgeting. I can find myself to be very short-fused, too. I was put on a course of sleeping tablets, which I did help a bit, but I only took one course as I didn't want to have to rely on them.”
For more information about pulmonary hypertension, visit www.phauk.org