(03-08-2015, 05:43 AM)quiescence at last Wrote: RDI has no bearing? Respiratory Effort Related Arousal (RERA) - the very name indicates 'it disturbs my sleep'. What are those MDs smoking? How could this not affect the way you feel and the quality of your sleep?
I am so glad you pressed for the right to have better health.
I learned a long time ago that doctors do not know everything (no offense to any actual doctors here) and if they are dismissing you, it's not the doctor for you. I started snoring intensely and stopping breathing in my sleep when I was pregnant with my twins (they are 20 months old). I gave it about a year after they were born for things to settle down, but my husband said, if anything, my snoring got worse. So I got a pulse oximeter and started trying to figure it out. My AHI on the little report was always between 6 and 10, so I thought I might have sleep apnea. First doctor I went to said I should expect to be tired with twins (THEY sleep 12 hours night, there is no reason I should be tired after 8!!!). So, next doctor I went to said that I was too young for sleep apnea and it was probably allergies. Had a whole allergy panel done and I'm not allergic to anything. (had an appt with a primary care guy in there that also said "have you ever thought that you are tired because you have twins")
3rd doctor gave me a sleep study... AHI was 5 and RDI was 15. Snoring events were 678 or something. He said I don't have sleep apnea and I should try a sleeping pill (um, no) and a dental appliance (not covered by insurance).
So, I went to another doctor, who gave me another sleep study - AHI was 5, RDI 36, snoring occurred 39% of the time, 16% of the time it was VERY LOUD (which my husband could tell you). He said "well you do have very mild sleep apnea, but your insurance won't do anything for you unless your AHI was higher than 10 or so, so you should try to have surgery to eliminate snoring" (to my knowledge, he never submitted anything to my insurance to find out if they would actually cover it)
So I went to the 5th doctor to see about having the surgery - which my insurance company actually doesn't pay for - and he said that the insurance company SHOULD pay for a cpap since I'm symptomatic (falling asleep at my desk, chronic fatigue, just feeling like death, AND I have Type 2 Diabetes). So, he submitted it to the insurance and viola! They approved it after all. But he's an ENT and is more experienced with surgery than cpap titeration.
Except for the 5th doctor, they all kind of made me feel like I was a hypochondriac, like I should expect to feel like sh*t all the time because I have twins. If anything, I was cheating my sons out of a mom that has any energy - they were not the cause.