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[Diagnosis] Need Advice from Sleep Endoscopy Results
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(04-06-2017, 10:19 AM)sneef Wrote:
(04-03-2017, 08:56 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: get the heck out of the ENT office!

When i was shopping around for the best place and price for a Sleep Lab test i was offered differing options from differing hospitals.

A guy at my insurance company told me to have a Neurologist run the lab, and i did. He specializes in Sleep.

But at other hospitals the tests were administered by ENT doctor or pulmonologist at another.

What type of doctor is best to keep in contact with during ongoing CPAP treatment?

This may sound flippant but that is not intended.  One that will work with you.
You NEED to manage your own therapy, be responsible for your own therapy.
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(04-06-2017, 10:33 AM)bonjour Wrote:
(04-06-2017, 10:19 AM)sneef Wrote:
(04-03-2017, 08:56 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: get the heck out of the ENT office!

What type of doctor is best to keep in contact with during ongoing CPAP treatment?

This may sound flippant but that is not intended.  One that will work with you.
You NEED to manage your own therapy, be responsible for your own therapy.

Yep, totally get what you are saying.

Though, let's imagine you were so lucky as to find a great/helpful Neurologist, Pulmonologist and ENT guy and so you totally had your pick of the bunch... speaking to this hypothetical, is one of them better equipped due to his specialty to deal with it?
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it depends on the underlying cause and the treatment you are pursuing.
Neurologist for anything not obstructive.
A Dr that understands the treatment otherwise.  The previous post still stands
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As long as you are not having problems, your primary care physician can meet all of your needs. He has no motive for sleep studies, surgery or selling you the cheapest machine. Modern auto CPAP and BPAP machines give full data, so it isn't very hard to self-titrate your pressure needs and determine if you are doing well or need some changes. Certainly some individuals will benefit from surgery for a specific problem, but most will do better on CPAP without any changes to the airway.

My comment was because you had a nasal surgery to fix a deviated septum, turbinate reduction, and balloon sinuplasty, and seem to be setting yourself up for tongue ablation and UPPP. These are very questionable surgeries with lots of complications, and they normally do not eliminate the need for CPAP. You should avoid a surgical option if possible, unless you have very unusual anatomy.
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