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Post: #1
How often you follow-up with sleep doctor/professional?
Every six months.
Usually bring laptop with me so the doctor can check the download.
He say all good see you in another six months.
Wondering if have keep up with six monthly appointments or just see him whenever something changes in the therapy.
03-17-2012 04:09 PM
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RE: How often you follow-up with sleep doctor/professional?
my sleep doc says come back in 2 yrs if all is ok but call in a year to let me know you're ok and still in the system. he then says if theres ever a problem to call or make an appointment. if we call him he will call back, but never calls us on his own.

now that i have an auto machine and some sleep time with it i'm going to make an appointment and bring my laptop to see what he thinks of my numbers.
(This post was last modified: 03-17-2012 04:58 PM by greatunclebill.)
03-17-2012 04:55 PM
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RE: How often you follow-up with sleep doctor/professional?
(03-17-2012 04:55 PM)greatunclebill Wrote:  my sleep doc says come back in 2 yrs if all is ok but call in a year to let me know you're ok and still in the system.

Very similar. Mine said to check back in two years. It will be two years in September, and as of this writing I have met the guy exactly one time...
03-17-2012 06:38 PM
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RE: How often you follow-up with sleep doctor/professional?
I voted never because my sleep doctor never said anything about coming back or following up. Only time I saw him was a week or so after the sleep study... Never heard from him again after that initial 4-minute "consultation" with me, which he billed at $500 and insurance paid out their normal rate of $200, and I paid $50 if I remember correctly. A year later I got laid off and was forced to become self-employed... haven't had health insurance ever since, so I just don't go to doctors anymore unless I absolutely have to.

When you don't have health insurance, you have to make-do and teach yourself some things about these topics. Smile If you have the means, I wholeheartedly suggest you use a competent sleep doctor, but if you don't I understand from first-hand experience that you "gotta do what you gotta do". Bigwink

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03-17-2012 07:09 PM
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RE: How often you follow-up with sleep doctor/professional?
(03-17-2012 07:09 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote:  I voted never because my sleep doctor never said anything about coming back or following up.

My situation is a lot like SuperSleeper except I'm only 12 weeks into my cpap therapy. I don't know if I'll get a call to come in after 6 months or a year. My DME contacts me at least once a month to check on me either via a phone call or a letter with a new data card enclosed.

I never actually saw "my sleep doctor." My regular doctor ordered the sleep study. The technicians that did the sleep study sent my results off to a sleep doctor. His office called some service that set me up with the 2nd sleep study and then with my DME.

The technician at my 2nd sleep study read me all the info from my first sleep study since my regular doctor didn't tell me anything except that I have sleep apnea and need a 2nd sleep study to determine my cpap pressure. My DME technician was quite informative about sleep apnea and although she doesn't use a cpap machine, several people in her family do. Both the sleep center technician and the DME technician told me that I have a good sleep doctor and not to hesitate if I need to talk to him. So far I don't have a reason to.
03-17-2012 08:55 PM
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Post: #6
RE: How often you follow-up with sleep doctor/professional?
Depends. I just started using an ASV machine so will see him after a month to check its efficacy. After that once a year unless I have problems.
03-18-2012 10:52 AM
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Post: #7
RE: How often you follow-up with sleep doctor/professional?
I wasn't told to go back. Several years into therapy, my BP skyrocketed. After a lot of tests and stuff, the heart doc sent me to the sleep doc (same building) and the sleep doc had me use an oximeter for over night. Based on that result, my level was raised.

I am again seeing my blood pressure slowly increase and am having odd dreams that I can manipulate. So I'm thinking I need to go see the old snot (I don't like him) soon. He doesn't believe in APAPs. My current machine was from a script by my GP. I wish I had thought to have her state APAP. Dumb dumb Paula.
03-18-2012 01:02 PM
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Post: #8
RE: How often you follow-up with sleep doctor/professional?
I guess I'm in the 3-6 month stage...the sooner if there's been some change, like Celexa was added to my drug schedule last visit....

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03-18-2012 08:31 PM
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Post: #9
RE: How often you follow-up with sleep doctor/professional?
Insurance company says annually, which I did for 15 years; but this last time was about 18 months. I'll have to see what he wants to do now that I have a machine that provides meaningful data


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.
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03-18-2012 10:28 PM
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Post: #10
RE: How often you follow-up with sleep doctor/professional?
I chose every 3 months because this doctor seems like he has a clue. He introduced me to the APAP. My machine has a wireless modem where the doctor or the DME can download my data when they desire and I don't have to remember to carry the silly card with me.

I agree with getting with a competent sleep doc. Makes all the difference in the world. Big Grin

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03-21-2012 07:26 PM
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