The respiratory therapists just said "good night" and closed the door, leaving me in bed with marks on my scalp, electrodes covering my body, and the surprisingly uncomfortable monitor on my right pointer finger.
Hi, folks! I've been lurking around here for the past week or so... After being scheduled for a split night sleep study. The wealth and diversity of information here is overwhelming - so many thanks to the staff and members for making this such an informative and overall HELPFUL community.
I'm in my late 20s... But all my life I've just been exhausted. No sleep has ever been enough... Ever. I always wake up feeling groggy and it's a struggle getting have any motivation. Just this year I've started with the waking choking spells, and my partner tells me my snoring has gotten to be awful (not that it hasn't always been, he said). Also - I've gained about 60 pounds in the past three years... And became pre-diabetic in November, despite an active and rather busy lifestyle.
I live in LA, but I'm actually on a long term assignment for work in Montreal. After researching, I finally decided enough was enough - time to see a doctor. I actually scheduled with a maxillofacial (spelling, anyone?) surgeon in the area that specializes in sleep apnea care. I had an appointment within the week, which was last Wednesday. Within 6 minutes of arriving (and completing my questionnaire), I was already having X-Rays and a 360 skull scan completed. 3 minutes later these were displayed on a monitor in my exam room. Technology wins that one.
The doctor came in and reviews my scans. Apparently he teaches here as well, and said that my obstruction, even awake and sitting, was one of the worst he'd ever seen... So he wants to anonymously use it for class. That aside... Combined with my symptoms and images, he was quite certain that SA is my issue. And truthfully, after years of tests... I really am hoping for a solution.
Continuing on... I mentioned that I'm quite the difficult patient. As of this Saturday, my assignment is completed... Then I'm on a five day trip back to LA, and I'd love it if any required machines would be available before my departure.
He took me to reception and made it clear that I was to have a study done in enough time to go. When the receptionist stayed there may not be any appointments available, he said "get someone in to do it." Having a medical advocate like that was so new - but man, it was really cool.
So here I am, wired up. I have to say - the one thing I did NOT read was how much drawing was needed on ones head. Oh boy!
I'm hoping this is a tale of success and recovery... And I hope you don't mind coming along for the ride.
Looking forward to meeting you all!