I was a heavy smoker till 10 yrs. ago and for the past 6 years I smoked waterpipes, I quit that for a month now.Till 3 weeks ago my mom was the "patient" and I was the "next of kin", now I am also a patient. My mom's oximeter was busted from years of service, so I went and bought a new and recordable one for her. Lately when I woke up from after lunch nap I felt my heart was pounding in my chest despite using Tenormin for tachycardia twice a day and my SpO2 reading was 85-87 percent. I decided to sleep with oximeter on several nights and later looked at the results. On a cyclic basis every 2 hours or so my oxygen would dip to 40s and 50s and oscillate between these 2 for 10-15 minutes and after that would go up to mid 80s. Is the frequency of these events low(correct me if I'm wrong) or each oscillation is considered an event? My graph looks like a multi arc bridge across a river. The width of each arc takes about 2 hours and each arc foundation is 10-15 minutes wide. If I slept for 8 straight hours is it considered 4 events or 4 multi events?
I live in a country where there are no sleep techs and no sleep docs in my town, at best there are ENT or pulmonologists. There are no trained DMEs in my town and if want to buy supplies I have to travel 700 miles to the capital. There is no medical plan to cover my expenses and it is right out of my own dear pocket.
Pulmo doc wants to set me up for screening and possibly a sleep study down the road, because they don't have a trained sleep tech yet!!!
I felt a slight amount of business talking,so I went to another doc and he prescribed chest x-ray, AVG, regular spirometry and boxed spirometry.
X-ray ok, AVG low O2 and high CO2, reg spiro says mild retriction and box spiro computer says restrictive lung defect but to be reviewed by a doc.
In your experience does this warrant going to capital where they have a lung diseases hospital and experienced sleep techs and docs?
Merry Christmas to all.