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Old 09-04-2012, 07:57 AM   #1
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Question Sleep study question??? Paranoid about it.

I had a sleep study but only slept 2 hours. The tech said I did not have sleep apnea as he could tell from his "computer". I don't think that is enough time to say yes or no about apnea. My doctor says if he said I don't have it, then I don't have it. Twice in the last couple years I've woken up gasping for air and scared to go back to sleep. Any comments? I'm paranoid about it. Also I snore loudly I've been told.

 
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Re: Sleep study question??? Paranoid about it.

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I had a sleep study but only slept 2 hours. The tech said I did not have sleep apnea as he could tell from his "computer". I don't think that is enough time to say yes or no about apnea. My doctor says if he said I don't have it, then I don't have it. Twice in the last couple years I've woken up gasping for air and scared to go back to sleep. Any comments? I'm paranoid about it. Also I snore loudly I've been told.
I think you have every right to doubt this doctor. You should go to a man who specializes in sleep study and the sleep study should be conducted all night. I was gasping for years and had NO idea as to what it was until it caught up with me and it was nothing but sleep apnea. The specialist will be able to tell you what level your machine should be set at, if you do have sleep apnea. I have had a couple of tests done and both were all night ones. Hope this is of some help. Sleep apnea is very easy to live with even if you do have to use a machine. Good luck.

 
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Re: Sleep study question??? Paranoid about it.

Hello Jeffries9. How many hours are you able to sleep each night?

 
Old 09-05-2012, 08:59 AM   #4
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Re: Sleep study question??? Paranoid about it.

about 5 or 6 is usually normal for me. I have on occasion net slept the whole night when thinking about things over and over but usually about 5.

 
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Re: Sleep study question??? Paranoid about it.

If you feel you need another opinion, I would certainly seek one. I have been living with very severe central sleep apnea following 4 strokes, and I have had every test there is. While I do believe that sleep apnea will show up even in a two hour time frame, it is always best to feel confident in any conclusions made about your condition.

Besides the occasions you have woken up gasping, and the snoring, what other symptoms do you have? If you indeed have apnea, you do want to treat it, as it has some serious issues attached to it such as falling asleep at the wheel, and such.

Be well!

 
Old 09-08-2012, 09:06 PM   #6
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Re: Sleep study question??? Paranoid about it.

I usually take Ambien when I do sleep studies so I can sleep through the whole night. Interestingly, my first 2 sleep studies showed nothing but unexplained spontaneous arousals and mild snoring. I asked a tech at the sleep clinic if I could borrow a cpap machine to see if it helped me feel better. It did. I pushed for a 3rd sleep study, this time done at the world famous Stanford Sleep Disorders clinic which diagnosed me with sleep apnea. They have better testing equipment and score respiratory events more aggressively than other sleep clinics.

 
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