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Finished HST, possibly negative?
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Finished HST, possibly negative?
Hey all. First time poster, long time lurker. 

I've been reading the boards, studying the condition and it's possible side effects, took more online "tests and exams", and perused all types of CPAP (and it's derivatives) machines for months in preparation for what I thought would be a for sure thing in regards to having Sleep Apnea. But low and behold, I receive my HST results from the sleep study group (not signed, but evaluated) and it shows I tested negative. This is devestating because my sleep is absolutely terrible. I'm shook by multiple symptoms and have had to deal with them for years. They've only gotten worse, and I was hoping this would clarify and give me a direction. 

The Sleep Study Center rep that I spoke to, along with the results from the test did state that my oxygen saturation was below normal, around 81% at it's lowest. I also showed above normal RI, with one Apnea during the night they chose to evaluate. The test also had the recommendation for doing a lab study as: 

"Refer for an in-lab Polysomnography due to home sleep test not being sensitive enough to rule out OSA)."

How likely is it that I have OSA or some other variant? Would it be okay/helpful for me to post my HST here and have you look at it?
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It would be helpful, yes. I don't understand how it could not be sensitive enough. Did you have a chest band?

Oh, but I don't think it does brain waves, right? A formal sleep study would help to look at that. It would also help in diagnosing other sleep disorders and not just sleep apnea.
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So I can't post links for another two posts, and the upload quota is 200KB. Not even sure what that means, but I can't upload anything at the moment. Any ideas?


And yes, that is correct. the HST did not study brain waves or leg movement. I assume that the HST wouldn't test for CSA or other variants as all that was connected was nose tubes, finger oximeter, effort band and the chest belt.
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Hi  deathscreton , welcome to the forum where you will find help. Although many members report satisfactory results from home sleep tests that has not been my experience. My results as reported were similar to yours. I did the home test in 2014 because of insurance changes and it did not report any apnea events however my doctor fell back on my in clinic results from 2001 which showed an AHI of 38. I think you should push for a sleep test in clinic.

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Hello Stan! I'm hoping this is the case. I've gone through my deductible, so another test would not be to extreme for me, so long as it proves what it needs to. It just the waiting that's agonizing.
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Under Medicare rules you qualify for Oxygen at night. I'm guessing you would also qualify for CPAP. Someone else here can probably shed more light on qualifying for CPAP based on O2 desaturation.
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(09-14-2017, 03:01 PM)Walla Walla Wrote: Under Medicare rules you qualify for Oxygen at night. I'm guessing you would also qualify for CPAP. Someone else here can probably shed more light on qualifying for CPAP based on O2 desaturation.

I have pretty good medical insurance that goes through my job. Should another sleep study prove useless, I could probably push for Oxygen. 

Another thing that worries me is that this may be symptoms of Nocturnal Asthma, which I'm hoping isn't the case. Even then, I think the treatment is similar to OSA. But one step at a time of course.
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Yeah, I'd get a sleep study. If your insurance will pay for it, do it.
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I agree, get a full sleep study.  Your report mentions Loss of Libido.  Sleep Apnea is known to result in very low Testosterone levels.  Whatever is wrong with you, you need more detailed tests than an in-home study.  Keep after the doctors, don't accept "I just don't know" for an answer.
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