If I may suggest please read my thread at:
I am coming to see that my bypass surgery is very likely caused by sleep apnea.
READ that again.
My chest will NEVER be as it was before the surgery, and my life maybe shorten because of all of this.
And my last 5 years of illness maybe caused by sleep apnea, and if I had not been able to work at home and at my own hours I would not be typing this. (I have had two decades of chronic fatigue..)
You’re lucky, 30 years ago this problem was more or less unknown, 20 years it was not very well known, and 10 years ago it looked like a fad problem (remember restless legs??)
Heck to me it still kind of looks kind of like a scam..There is so many health problems being tied to this problem, weight gain, not being able to lose weight, tired run down feelings, chronic fatigue, heart attacks, stroke and others.
And what some companies are doing the independent truckers over this problem is a nightmare: making them pay for sleep studies and machines out of their own pockets..(of course a big rig being driven by a sleepy driver is not good either.)
BUT after research I have come to believe most of the reports as true.
"Roughly every other minute through the night you are stopping breathing...oxygen levels drop...heart gets stressed out...heart works harder trying to oxygenate the blood so that some important organs in your body don't starve...heart produces a little stress hormone called ANP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrial_natriuretic_peptide
( and I think another stress hormone that I don't remember the name) which in turns goes to the kidneys and the kidneys kick into over drive...adrenaline gets dumped in the blood stream...pulse races...blood pressure increases.
So you are putting undo stress pretty much on your entire circulatory system every other minute throughout the night..and that's the best case scenario assuming you spread those events out equally throughout the night when in reality they don't come spaced out nice and evenly...they like to come in nasty clusters like every 30 seconds for 5 or 10 minutes so that multiplies the stress because the body doesn't get to recover before it gets slammed again.
Not to mention that each time this happens it is disturbing sleep cycles at the same time.
I happen to be have a situation where my OSA is worse in REM stage sleep (which is fairly common) with 53 per hour..
Now in Non REM sleep...a measly 12 per hour BUT those 12 had some massive long durations because my oxygen levels went down to 73%. So even if my REM stage sleep wasn't so ugly...12 per hour in Non REM sleep that were a minute long...that does some damage."
So I am getting used to my surgery after effects, and to my ASV PAP machine as well.
NOW to your problems of costs.
I found Dentist’s offering free interviews, and free home study tests. (watch out for the $3500.00 +appliance they want to sell you) (They only work for very mild cases of Obstructive apneas.)
Either I was so bad or he had to get a sleep Doctor to prescript as he then sent me to a sleep Doctor.
IF your really going to do this RIGHT Get a GOOD pulmonologist. (You REALLY SHOULD)
First call a Doctor’s office and ask if they have self-pay prices. I have been able to cut costs by 50%
Also you can ask for the Medicare prices as well , I got a couple of my Doctors to charge me at this lower rate.
It may help that I will be on Medicare this June 1st.
I also called almost all the sleep centers and ask those pricing questions and found two that would do a FULL study (This includes probes on your head to really see what is going on..) For $600.00.
I have major problems with Central Apneas, CAUSED BY CPAP TREATMENT: It is called complex central apneas and I have big problems with Hypopnea.
Due to my complex problems I will end up spending about $130,000.00 for my heart surgery.
My Apnea sleep studies cost $1200.00 ( 2 were needed)
My top of the line system:
Machine: Respironics DS950HS
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Respironics FitLife FFM
CPAP Pressure: 7/15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic
Cost $1900.00 (From a certain second hand dealer)
I fear that IF I had spent the $1200.00 and then the $1900.00 I would not be facing the $130,000.00 for my heart surgery and a change in my life.
A word to the wise.
PS some of this I have said other threads ...