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Old 05-16-2008, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I wanna know about the black box...... what the docs described about the sleep clinic sounded like torture...... in a holding pattern here, waiting for your post.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:14 PM
 
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It was a box maybe the size of a bedroom radio; 4" by 6", about one inch thick. Not that big of an inconvenience, although it did seem a little funny that I was trying to sleep with this thing on. Anyhoo, on to St. Mary's Hospital I go! The appointment was 7p.m. and I was to sleep there that night. I have to take amitrptelene to sleep anyway but they told me not to, as they had to wake me up every 2 hours, as that was part of the test. I didn't like that idea, but went along with it. They put on eight suction cups on my chest and I was hooked up to this monitor in a room next to the bed with the specialist looking at the monitors. BEAR WITH ME!
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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bearing with!
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:26 PM
 
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I basically was just "nodding off" for the rest of the night, subconciously knowing that I have to wake up every 2 hours; not easy under those conditions. Finally, the procedure was done around 7a.m. or so. And it confirmed that I had sleep apnea. The specialist asked me a variety of questions (sleep medication, my weight, meds I take for high blood pressure, etc.) The light went on when I told him I had undergone nose surgery ntwice, in'67 and also the early '70's when I got in a bad car wreck and broke it again.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:34 PM
 
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I was sent to an Otarynologist(Spelling)? He done laser surgery and removed my lower septums. It wasn't that painful, and thank God for Medicare. He did tell me that I might lose my sense of smell, and I did. Both were bent, the one on my right side severly. For now, I don't wear a respirator (the specialist suggested I wear one if I elected not to opt for surgery).
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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good grief! gotta ask, do you take sleep meds or have high BP? Thats all a yes for DH.......think you mentioned meds for sleep?
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:54 PM
 
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The Otarynologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) did confirm a couple questions I had for him. Weight is a factor. High blood pressure is a factor. 18% oxygen rate on the other test by my personal doctor was not good either (their test showed 20% at that time period). I'm not obese, but certainly could stand to lose a few pounds. While your husband certainly wouldn't fall into the category of laser surgery, his doctor should have a talk with him about this. I have seen the advise from some of the other posters on this subject, and there are some good points made. Raising the one end on the bed is a good thing. I have never used breathe right strips, but he should try it. They don't cost all that much. I have never bothered to check online info on this subject; I didn't get online until a couple years ago. But it amazes me what is on there. My case is certainly different than others. But have him go to the doc. It is HIS problem as well as yours. Putting off an issue like this is not smart! If he doesn't go to the doctor, then you go. Get the info from the doc, from the net. And there is some good suggestions by the other folks on this thread. Lots of guys don't think it's a big deal. It is.
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Old 05-17-2008, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I did tape DH last night, and showed it to him this am, he was appalled! he has agreed he has a problem, and said he would call the doc on Monday..... I cant thank everyone enought for the help!
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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Good for you and him Kshe. My son said he has never felt as good and if he should ever have to have the surgery again he would do it in a heartbeat.
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:25 AM
 
Location: SW France
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I have been reading this thread with interest as in a former job I was involved among other things in selling polysomnography equipment used to diagnose breathing disorders during sleep.

My patch was the UK and the company was based in the US.

Sleep apnoea (trust us to spell it differently!) is a massive problem and one that is barely being addressed. I learnt way back in the early 1990s that you were more likely to be hit by a driver with this disorder than by someone who was drunk.

People do die in their sleep of this in extreme cases. More commonly people get up in the morning feeling that they need to go back to sleep.

In the UK your first port of call would be your local doctor, or GP.

I've lived in the US and wonder where you would go first, but I did google this and hope it will be of use to you.

Sleep Centers of America - Sleep Disorder Diagnostic Testing and Treatment

CPAP is commonly prescribed for this disorder and is extremely effective. Surgery is used though there are downsides to some procedures like having to relearn how to swallow, and controlling your sneeze! I stress that I am no expert on the surgical side of things and procedures may well be different these days. I have also been out of this line of work for over a decade.

What is absolutely correct is that this is a serious disorder, though just because you snore does not in itself mean you have it, just so as to not panic anyone.

If it were me I'd look into having a sleep test. In the UK a first step sometimes was to take home a device called a pulse oximeter which measures and would record blood oxygen levels during your sleep- it's painless as you just have a sensor across a finger, toe or ear lobe.

This will certainly pick out the obvious patients with this disorder but is limited in what it tells. A more thorough test is that of polysomnography which is carried out in a hospital or sleep center.

For kshe95girl .

Sleepcenters.org
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