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Back to the Lung Doctor Today

As some of y'all know, I went for my pulmonary function test at the lung doctor's office yesterday. I won't have the full results from those tests until next week. I have to go back to his office today to pick up my home sleep study machine.

The doctor wanted me to have a sleep study at his office. My insurance refused that option and said I had to do the home sleep study instead. I don't know if it shows something if they'll let me do the other one or what. I just hope I'm actually able to sleep with the machine.

From what I've read, you have to put straps around yourself so they can record the data. I don't sleep well anyway, hence the test, so I'm not sure if I'll even be able to go to sleep attached to a machine. I guess we'll find out tonight.

I hope I can sleep and they get all the data they need. The doc is trying to rule out sleep apnea and oxygen problems because both of those can cause the pulmonary hypertension. I don't want either sleep apnea or low oxygen levels added to my ever-growing list of problems.

Wish me luck, y'all!

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AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 12:21 PM

Did you do another test? I'm scared something like that will happen with me cause I have a hard time falling asleep sometimes. It's 4 am before I ever go to sleep, then my husband gets up for work at 6am. Not sure that will be enough data for them. I'm hoping when I do the test it will be a good sleeping night for me.

Bethany1202 wrote on October 15, 2014, 12:51 PM

That machine doesn't sound comfortable at all! I hope they get the info they need and you're able to see better days ahead! Best wishes.

Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 2:02 PM

I didn't realize that sleep studies had the option of being done at home. Since I know very little about sleep studies at all, I would think for myself I'd have a better chance of sleeping at home than somewhere else. I wonder the difference in the accuracy of the results of one done at home versus in a facility. I sure hope you're able to sleep long enough to make this test worthwhile for you.

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 2:11 PM

Thanks. I still haven't got the machine. They are having problems with it.

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 2:11 PM

I figure they get better results at the office. It's just cheaper to do the home version so insurance goes that route if they can.

Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 2:35 PM

As you said, maybe if the home sleep study shows something, then the insurance company will okay the study at a facility. It's a shame you might have to go through two of these studies for the doctors to get results that could be helpful in better understanding and treatment of your condition.

Linda-From-US wrote on October 15, 2014, 5:53 PM

Good luck with the test. I never knew you could take these tests at home. My eye doctor suggested I have one. Yes, she thinks I have sleep apnea (sp?). I am passing for now.

bestwriter wrote on October 15, 2014, 8:33 PM

Quite an odd situation expecting someone to sleep with all those straps.

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 10:39 PM

I just hope to get one They called today and said the machine was broke so I am waiting to hear from them again.

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 10:39 PM

My neurologist and lung doc suggested it for me.

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 10:40 PM

They have to record everything so they can see what happens with your breathing and other things.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 2:41 AM

I hope all goes well, Angel! Sleep - and breathe - well, and may you have sweet dreams :)

BarbRad wrote on October 17, 2014, 2:06 AM

I have the same concerns as you about the sleep study. My husband has had them, but he sleeps like a log anyway. I am sensitive to sounds and toss and turn all night trying to get comfortable. I don't think I'd be able to get to sleep unless I took something to knock me out. I hope the test goes well for you.

TheTalker wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:44 AM

I didn't sleep enough in the hospital when I went in to get a good reading. I like the idea of the home study.