| November 8, 2007
Home testing for obstructive sleep apnea was recently approved. Will this kill off the field of sleep medicine?
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I have sleep apnea, and have been wanting, needing home testing for a long time. Like many sleep apnea patients, I did OK or even great in the hospital or test lab but for some reason the CPAP didn’t work the same at home. I was very frustrated about the whole thing, tried many different things, tortured and retested several times in several ways, given all kinds of tests. Could it be allergies? Could the room be too dry? Could the patient have a deviated septum? Let’s just say she is depressed or something because we don’t like her and her insurance won’t pay for another test, they would say…I bought all kinds of allergy stuff, air cleaners, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, things to keep my mouth closed at night, this mask, that mask, etc. I got allergy shots (Hey, they worked!! For my allergies, that is), was told my blood may be too acidic then they couldn’t take a sample… Some of these things have now been added as standard treatment and should have been there in the first place. For example, I had to re-test just so I could have a heated humidifier with my CPAP, which helped a lot. Now you don’t need an Rx to get the humidifier. Masks are in more shapes and sizes, with materials that don’t make you break out. Still, I had problems and when my last CPAP died I didn’t replace it because of all the problems. My doctors told me I could not be retested at home, something I had wanted for a long time. As long as it works, and is monitored by people who know what they are doing, WHY NOT have home testing? There is no other way to find out exactly what is wrong- and it gives a doctor a total view of the patient’s situation and area- and could lead to better care and real solutions. Doctors don’t like this, because (at least the dude on that blog) because god forbid patients actually find out what is wrong with them and GET BETTER!! Doctors won’t make as much money now because patients are actually better and a real cause is found that they have to work on, possibly research. A CAUSE- what a novel idea! No one tried to find out WHY I had sleep apnea, either. Most of the time it is weight but not in my case (BMI 20). Now they can’t take people’s money with bogus tests, meds and other nonsense. As usual, a doctor is upset that patients are better. It is so bad for buisness.
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