(04-02-2016, 03:37 PM)Sandii Wrote: I am hoping someone here will be able to help me with this as I am very upset and don't know what to do. I recently was sent for a sleep apnoea test by my dr. It was one of those take home do it yourself ones and I didn't have a 'sleep over' in any clinic. When I went back to dr 2 weeks later to get the results she said she had had to notify the Transport Dept under her Mandatory Reporting Laws and 'Duty of Care' and that my car licence would be cancelled. She even tried to stop me from driving my own car home from her carpark that day. I have asked 'professionals' in my area about this and they say that she can do this and when I ask how and why they have accused me of 'being a hazard on the road' & 'dangerous on the road' as well as being an 'incompetent driver.' My problem is this - Without my licence I am completely housebound unless I pay for taxis everywhere. I do not have friends nor family who can drive me around. I cannot even get to a grocery shop to buy food and a range of other things that now stand to threaten my survival. I have driven for 40 years including some very long distances, have a clean driving record (not even a speeding fine) and have never caused an accident. What can I do about this? How can they get away with just taking your licence and your means of survival away from you without any actual proof that you are 'dangerous, a hazard or an incompetent driver' on the road? Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thx.
Keep in mind, doctors believe they are acting in your best interest, however it's clear your doctors believe you have a condition that makes you a danger on the road. That danger is "micro-sleeps".
A one second micro-sleep can have tragic consequences because a car travelling at 100km/hr. will travel 28 metres in that time & could conceivably collide with oncoming traffic, pedestrians or solid object/s. I am aware that if a patient is diagnosed with "Narcolepsy" then their driver's license is immediately suspended & the patient must cease driving. This is considered to be for the patient's own good as well as the welfare of others on the roads.
I personally have never heard of a simple home sleep study causing such a reaction by doctors. One would have thought a repeat of the study in a proper sleep lab. would have been the next step. This reaction by your doctor would seem to indicate a lack of understanding of SDB.
A diagnosis of Nacolepsy requires a MSLT (multiple sleep latency test) to be done.
Before an MSLT can be undertaken, the patient first must have a full PSG the night before to establish the quality of sleep the patient enjoyed the previous night. After completing a questionnaire, enduring a spirometry, & a test for nasal restriction, the patient enters the sleep lab. The following morning after breakfast etc. the patient returns to bed, only this time most of the sensors from the PSG are left attached so when sleep occurs, they know. Having satisfied the requirement that valid sleep has occurred, the patient is woken. The next session would be in 2 hrs time & the patient is warned of its approach 10 mins before. At the appropriate time, the testing equipment is re-calibrated and the patient told to sleep. This procedure is repeated 5 more times. If in each case the patient takes (i think) less than six minutes to sleep
the diagnosis is positive & their driver's license surrendered.
In light of the forgoing, it would appear you have limited options, but here based on my own experience, is my advice...
Ask your doctor for a referral to a sleep lab. for a repeat sleep study (PSG) and (immediately after) a MSLT.
If your MSLT is positive., Ask you doc for a prescription for Modafinil.
Once you begin taking this med, you will easily pass the MSLT & regain your license.
If you take this course PM me for a (cheaper) supply source for the med. I will answer any question you may have by PM. Good luck.
PS this medication works.