(04-21-2012, 10:47 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: Hmm... Need a bit more info...
1. What is your age?
29, turning 30 in November
(04-21-2012, 10:47 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: 2. Do you have other health problems that could cause these symptoms? The symptoms you state could have completely different causes - and you can't assume that it's sleep apnea.
No other health problems outside of a BMI at 32+
(04-21-2012, 10:47 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: 3. Who told you a sleep study costs $3,500? That's extremely high.
I went to my free medical clinic in the area to see my doctor about my sleep apnea and he said he didn't know much I could do without insurance and gave me the information of a few sleep clinics in the southern california area which quoted an average of $3,500 for a sleep study without insurance.
(04-21-2012, 10:47 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: 4. Being enrolled in nursing program, are there not qualified, experienced nurses and other medical professionals teaching you that can point you in the right direction? Seems they would be more knowledgeable concerning health care in your area for those who are low-income, at least moreso than strangers in a forum...
I asked my professor, the nursing office, and health center of the school but they were more or less apathetic to the whole situation. Basically they didn't know since they've never had to deal with a student having sleep apnea without insurance and didn't know what to tell me =/
(04-21-2012, 10:47 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: 5. Most states have health care programs for low-income families. What state do you live in?
California, specifically in the riverside/orange county area
(04-21-2012, 10:47 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: 6. How long have these symptoms been going on?
I've had the LOUD snoring for years and years, along with always being tired no matter how much I sleep. I never really looked much into it before and just kind of shrugged it off but I recently had a friend video tape me while sleeping and with the things I've read about it now I'm really worried and want to do something about it.
(04-21-2012, 10:47 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: 7. Has anything changed in your lifestyle or other areas that might be contributing to these symptoms?
Nothing really has changed since I've started the nursing program, just a bit more stress is all.
Thank you for the reply SuperSleeper, I wanted to post on the board since the members would most likely know about sleep studys, machines, and perhaps someone who has been in my situation before without insurance could direct me on options available.