Had a sleep study approximately 10 years ago and was told I was “borderline” as far as needing a CPAP. That wasn't enough to get my attention. With time my snoring became so bad I had to start sleeping in another room from my wife. That didn't get my attention. Had a Laser Assisted Palatal Uvuloplasty”, followed up with a sinus ream job – didn't help much and still didn't get my attention.
People have told me that I stop breathing in my sleep and that I make horrible noises after a period of silence (this behind a closed door mind you) this is starting to get my attention. Written “Sleep Tests” are not useful for me because I have NEVER been a ‘good sleeper’ and wake up tired and thinking of when I can squeeze in a nap in the day ahead. One month ago I was putting on my socks when I noticed that my calves and ankles where huge. Really huge, fat, swollen, looking like water balloons. Even my toes were big. Doc suggested Congestive Heart Failure. Bingo – my attention was finally fully ‘gotten’. I assume many of you know the battery of tests I was subjected too over the next two weeks. Diuretics took care of 20 lbs of accumulated water, legs and feet look normal. The good news was that my heart was in great shape. In fact they can’t figure it out. I had only one test result that confused them – my BNP. Over 300 initially, redone on second blood test, just over 100 second time. It was decided that 100 was OK so that was brushed off. Searching around I saw some links to sleep apnea and increased BNP and the fact that the tests were done at different times of the day (8:30 AM for the first, 11:30 for the second) seem to be consistent with that. So I want a new sleep test, my doc agrees as he’s been trying to have me do one for 5 years or so.
Ahh, but there’s always a problem isn’t there? The wife is pretty debilitated right now (athletic injury) and will be for at least the next 6 to 12 months with surgeries, recoveries, and PT appointments. Even the though of me leaving for a night or two is met with, well let’s just say ‘stern denial’. I’ve read a bit about “home sleep studies” and those look promising although it looks like a follow up overnight stay is needed to titrate the machine so that’s of no benefit to me. With the machines and software that is available it would seem to me that it could be, if needed, taken care of remotely.
I am living in the Dallas/Ft Worth area- anybody know of a company/doctor doing this? Any other ideas? I am not simpleminded enough to try this on my own so don’t fear that I’ll bring that up.