Sleep Study Update, and More

As you may recall, I was required to complete a sleep study as a pre-requisite for becoming approved for any type of weight loss/Bariatric surgery.

I got a call with my results from the sleep study clinic, and the gist of the conversation went like this:

Sleep Clinic Lady (SCL): “Hi, we got your results from your sleep study, and you tested positive for mild OSA.”
Me: “Not *severe* sleep apnea, like I was diagnosed with before? What exactly does ‘mild’ mean?”
SCL: “Well, below 5 is normal, and you had 12.1 during most sleep. During REM sleep you had 34.3.”
Me: “OK.” (insert a look of deer-in-headlights here….those numbers meant nothing to me since I had no point of reference. Was “severe” something like 500 during some allotment of time? Is this during one hour? During 5 minutes? Who knows.)
SCL: “Next, we need you to come in for a CPAP titration study and get you setup to use a CPAP machine.”
Me: “Oh, no you don’t. My whole reason for having this done was because I don’t want a CPAP machine, I would rather use a dental device to help correct it, and my surgeon just wanted this study done to see what level of OSA I had.” (I think that is why, anyway.)
SCL: “Hmmm, well, OK, I’ll put a note in here for the sleep center Doctor and forward your results onto your surgeon. I will contact you after you’ve met with your surgeon to go over the results.”

CPAP machines equal PANICAnd I’m thinking: Yeah, you do that, lady. Remember, I have NO desire to use a CPAP machine, and was worried that my refusal to do so would hinder my chances of getting the bariatric surgery done. I was stressing out just a little about this. I’m not kidding when I say, using a CPAP machine feels like you’re being forced to drown in air, all night long. It made me too panicky, and also irritated my sinuses so much I ended up with sinus infections every time I had tried to use it in the past.

Fast forward a week to my next followup appointment with my surgeon. He reviewed my chart and brought up the sleep study results.

Surgeon: “It looks like you did your sleep study, is the sleep clinic putting you on a CPAP machine?”
Me: “They said it was only mild OSA….do I really need one? If I have to use something, I’d rather find out more about using an oral appliance/dental device instead.”
Surgeon: “Well, if it’s only mild OSA, it is really your choice as to whether or not you wish to treat it in whatever way. You’ll just be taking on the risks of poor sleep, etc, that OSA causes.”
Me: “I’m fine with that.” (….since I really don’t feel OSA wrecks my sleep as much as the stupid sleep study people say it does. I also recently got a FitBit Flex, and over the past few weeks, it is solidifying my conclusion that my sleep is not as bad as the sleep lab people lead you to believe.)

The surgeon said all my blood work looked great, advised me to up my exercise each week (always a struggle), and went over some of the upcoming things I needed to have done:  psych eval, nutrition counseling, gallbladder ultrasound (oops, didn’t have this on the first list – one more thing to do!!), and an endoscopy to check out my upper GI tract. With the sleep study hurdle overcome, I am hoping for smooth sailing from here on out as I work towards final approval to have the surgery!

5 thoughts on “Sleep Study Update, and More

  1. Check one more thing off the list… way to hang in there.

  2. Knocking it all out of the park and clearing the path… Sounds exactly like you. (And when I saw the image, I thought it said: “No CRAP” (instead of CPAP) – same thing, right?

    • Yes – EXACTLY the same thing 🙂 (I am a firm believer that sleep centers/labs do everything they can to get you on a cpap machine, whether you truly need one or not. They are in cahoots with the suppliers, etc.)

  3. I went to a sleep study this week. They have got to be kidding, this is a joke right? Im supposed to sleep with all those wires? The truth is that this is simply bad science. No one can sleep “normally” with that equipment, of course they get weird readings. And yes that will indicate you need a cpap machine.

    After 5 hours of not sleeping I was exhausted and the attendant came in and said “you seem to be having trouble breathing, lets hook up the machine”. I said “No, im leaving”. She said you have to stay in the bed for 6 hours or insurance will not cover it. So I stayed the last hour not sleeping and left asap.

    I really do think that this is a scam.

    • Rob – this was the second time I’d had one done, and yes- I feel like they are really scammy, too. I’d love to see the $$ changing hands between the sleep centers and c-pap machine suppliers.

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