" I think I can get my needs met from the dr I see each week for acupuncture but I want to walk in there knowing what assessments and treatments are necessary so I can ask for them if not offered. So I understand your opinion is to get a full sleep study, dont just start treating with APAP. My mom had sleep study and she said that was a joke."
Hi Millie - Great if you can start using the CPAP right away. Still -my long term advice is to find a sleep lab, have the study, and get their official recommendations. I agree with your mom that the sleep lab seems like a joke - as in, I went twice and was so convinced that no one could pass that test that I pretty much refused to believe their diagnosis of "severe obstructive sleep apnea" for months. I tried treating it with weekly acupuncture visits, yoga breathing, and a variety of herbs. All those were probably somewhat helpful - but nothing like the relief of when I finally bit the bullet and got the CPAP. It took over 2 months to get used to it, but now after my 3rd month I'm a huge fan. I'll never be a fan of that mask on my face, but the huge difference it makes in how I feel in the day is worth it.
Good luck to you on your journey -stick with it - it takes time to get it under control. Jane