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Does Your Sleep Doc Approve of Us?
#1
When I told my current sleep doctor about my involvement with this website/support group, he was all for it. I'm wondering whether you've told your doc about us and if so, what his/her reaction was.

RATS!!! Oh-jeez Now I remember why we started using the LimeSurvey software: polling does not handle multiple questions. Perturbed Guess you can provide written comments here or wait until I can create a new survey/poll for this discussion.Thinking-about
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. 
ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA.
INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINIONS ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF FACT.
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#2
They should be in favour, its saving them work.They have to give out the same instructions and answer the same questions over and over. If there is a forum that answers the questions it means they don't have to.

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#3
Some aren't too crazy about patients knowing how to change their own pressure(s) among other things. You missed the first part of the question, did you tell your doc about us?
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#4
I love this forum Smile Ive received tons of help already! And once I get my machine I know ill be back with more questions and you amazing people will be there!

And I already took that survey but I didn't mention you guys to my doctor I don't plan on see her again tho Im planning on moving to the sleep specialist in PA where I live so I will mention you guys when I do Smile
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#5
I don't have a "sleep doctor". My doc is an internal medicine specialist, so he doesn't really have any vested interest in the sustained subordination of apneacs. He's not really the kind of person who would be like that even if he did have a vested interest anyway.

I can't remember if I ever mentioned Apnea Board by name, but I told him about on-line support and finding out how to change my own pressure, etc. He is 100% supportive.
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#6
What's a sleep doc?
I had a PCP who initially diagnosed my apnea and sent me to the sleep lab.
I got my sleep study results from the sleep lab as I was leaving town, they came out in their parking lot and handed it to me through the drivers window.
I got a prescription and referral to a DME from a friend who happened to be a doc.
I did my research here and told the DME what I wanted.
Moved again recently, new insurance and new PCP. Told the new doc what I wanted, jumped through some hoops, told the DME what I wanted, had to convince the RT to give me what I asked for (he might have been right in not recommending the Quatro FX).
I did have one visit with a sleep doctor about a year ago. He looked at my S9 and a printout. We chated for a few minutes. He didn't tell me anything I hadn't already learned here.

So I guess this board is my sleep doctor and no one here has complained yet.
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#7
I didn't mention Apnea Board by name, but I told my doctor that I bought my machine on Craigslist and then searched the internet for the instructions so I could do my own setup. My doctor didn't say anything but he didn't seem too happy about it.
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#8
I, too, haven't mentioned this forum by name, but I've told my doc about doing some self-educating online via an apnea group. He knows that the forum has given me the ability to use ResScan software, make printouts from it and change pressures on my machine. So, he has been able to see that although I know how, I have restrained myself from making pressure changes without his input. It's sort of an unspoken gentleman's agreement we have. He has expressed his concern about possible negative results of a pressure change without his involvement, and that's OK with me.
At the same time, he has made positive observations about my being a well-informed and involved patient (I thought his tone was also saying he wished some of his other pts. were too).
When I showed him how a forum member gave me the idea of using earplug silicone to add to my mask's seal to eliminate leaks at my higher pressure, he was quite interested and took me to see the sleep lab director to share the idea with her.
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#9
If memory serves (which is a big "if"), it's been years since I went to any doctor at all, so I haven't mentioned Apnea Board to any physician in person. I have handed out the Apnea Board Handout Flyers to my local sleep center, but that was the only time I've been there since being diagnosed back in 2004.

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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.



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#10
I have seen my "sleep doc" a grand total of just 3 times in..how many years? 12?

Anyway, I told my GP about how I got a dumb brick machine and then bought another out of pocket. I told her of this list (not by name I don't think). She was shocked to find out there are CPAP machines that collect no data. She compared it to an insulin pump that just injects without telling the patient what it was doing. So the patient could do nothing to assist in their own treatment.

She's a cool doc and has agreed to help me with my sleep apnea in any way I need. We both agree that she can do the same thing the sleep doc does - nod and say "continue on". We laughed.
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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.




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