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#1 Sheryl

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 05:01 AM

I went for the sleep study last night. Can't say I got much sleep, but did alot of dosing on and off. I had more trouble getting comfortable and them wanting me to sleep on my back for at least 2 hours. I am not a back sleeper so that was very uncomfortable. The lady told me you have more breathing difficulties show up when sleeping flat on your back than any other position. I was so tired when I got home this morning I went to bed and slept for almost 3 hours. I have to call in for my results in two weeks. Or wait until I see my rheumatologist in April. I will call from Florida to see if I can get partial results. I took my own pillow so I would be very comfortable. When I thought I was finally sleeping it was up and at it. 6am they woke me up. I was up and showered and home and back in bed by 7. My best sleep is from 5 to 7. So I slept from 7 to 10. It worked. They sure put alot of wires with electrodes all over you. Even up your nose. One to register temperature and one to measure oxygen exhaled I believe. Not sure on that one. I am still so sleepy I can't think properly. All for now. Sheryl
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Posted 04 January 2007 - 06:41 AM

Hi Sheryl,

As you might know I'm a nurse and these sleep studies have always been a bit of a joke to me. People rarely sleep enough or the way they would at home in order to obtain the data necessary to make a good clinical decision.

I very rarely sleep as it is unless I take a sleeping aid, and even then I don't sleep all night long, so how you could get any sleep with all those wires on (even up your nose) is a shocker to me! Glad you were able to rest a little once home.

I'm really sorry you had to undergo this and I truly hope they find something that can benefit you.

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 06:54 AM

Hi Sheryl,
At least it is over and hopefully they will have something to tell you in a few weeks. My hubby had to go through it twice and swore he would never do it again!

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 07:28 AM

Hi Sheryl,
Thanks for sharing the tip about having breathing difficulties when sleeping on your back. True? Well, it's a good thing to note.

Electrodes up your nose? What if you have to sneeze? he he

Hope you get some answers,

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 08:06 AM

Hi Sheryl - I too, just went through this. Buy the time they put on all wires and it felt like they were drilling into my head, and this guy liked to chat,...it was 10:30 pm and at that point I was all "wired" up, pun intended. I didn't sleep at all. Like you, my best sleeping time is around 5 am - whenever. I find out the results on the 25th. It all seemed a bit silly to me. Who knows!

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 08:42 AM

So how do they plan to get good data when there is no sleeping during a sleep study? It sounded like they did everything they could to keep you from sleeping. How do they expect a person to sleep on their back when it's not normal for them, not to mention all the wires. I hope you sleep better tonight!

Thanks for the description. I go for a sleep study next week so now I know better as to what to expect. Let us know when you get the results.

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 09:16 AM

Hi,

Wow! That sounds like it was no fun at all. I have been wondering if I should go for a sleep study as my husband has told me that I snore so badly that the rafters shake. He jokes that he can not believe that much noise comes from as small a person as me. I have wondered about sleep apnea but really do not want to go through a sleep study and your description just confirmed that for me. I will be curious to hear what they have to tell you....so please do keep us posted (even if it is from Florida).

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 10:44 AM

Hi everyone,

I had my sleep study at the end of December. I don't have any results yet, but I felt the same way Sheryl did. Trying to sleep on my back was impossible, and those prongs up the nose were so uncomfortable. I also came home and slept for 5 hours. The tech said I did snore, but I didn't ask if I had apnea. He said I twitched alot. I have no idea what that could mean. I look forward to hearing all the results.

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 11:03 AM

I hit the shift key instead of the enter key and my letter went off into cyber space somewhere. I sure wish there was a way to retrieve them by clicking the mouse or the back key. But, POOF it just disappears. I have to start dinner and it will take my too long to rewrite what I wrote. It wasn't that important anyways. Yes, lets all do a type of comparison with our results and see if anything shows up that we have in common. Well, off to fix dinner and finish packing my suitcase. I will be packing up my computer tomorrow afternoon or evening. I'm so glad I get to bring my computer. I just love being able to stay in touch with everyone and all that is happening with all of us. Sheryl
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Posted 04 January 2007 - 08:18 PM

Sheryl,

I'm sorry it was so bad for you. I had a sleep study last Jan. It was on a friday nite. I was so tired that by the tiime they had me all wired up, I was asleep within about 20 minutes!

I found out that I had some hypopneas (?), a few apneas, but overall the biggest finding was that I have very poor sleep efficiency. Now I have been telling them that forever!!!!! But nobody will give me anything to help me sleep....maybe that will change with the change in doctors I'm making. I can only hope. zzzzz.....

I"m glad you can take your 'puter too. Let us know what you find out. And have fun down there.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 08:56 AM

Emmie, my doctor prescribed Xanax to help me relax and help aid my sleep. I wasn't allowed to take it the night of the study. Maybe that is another reason I didn't get any proper sleep. Anyways, it isn't suppose to be a sleeping aid but it works. Its a bummer when you ask and your doctors and they don't think it is neccessary to give you some releif. My regular family doctor even gave me a couple different products to try. Now, I sleep but in short bursts. But, with the Sclero and winter and the fatigue, I want to sleep quite alot. OH! Yeah. I have been trying to do things to make myself stay awake during those certain days each month I am effected. I should make a journal and then I would know how many days each month I am bothered with it. But, when the need hits. I can't seem to fight it. I just crash. Once or twice a day for at least an hour. So strange. Started happening about my third year with the Sclero. Sheryl
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