Monday, November 26, 2007

Sleep Specialist Consultation

Last week, I visited my Primary Care Physician to let him know that I'm applying for disability. I use him as sort of a clearing house for all the information from all of the other doctors so figured it was his turn to look at me funny.

He wants me to see a sleep specialist. I didn't complain since the latest issue of the National MS Society magazine had a good section on fatigue and recommended sleep studies if all else failed. This is where they wire you up with electrodes to determine if you have any problems that interfere with your sleep. This specialist will talk to me first, then determine if I need to have a sleep study. (My first appointment is next week, so stay tuned)
Link to MS Society's magazine "Momentum", section on Tackling Fatigue

For these types of studies to be truly effective, it is my opinion that husbands, room mates, significant others, kids, and pets should be there also. Maybe they snore, have restless leg syndrome, talk in their sleep, toss and turn, get up and down, or wake you up to say good night. Could these be the true reason for sleep disruptions?

For the record, I am not saying in print that this is true in my case...

keywords: multiple sclerosis fatigue sleep problems

4 comments:

  1. Well, I'm not sure of how much help this would be but I wholeheartedly recommend living in a country with socialized medicine.

    I'm looking back at Canada with some trepidation and relief as I recently lost my job here in the 'States and not have COBRA sucking the life out of me.

    I expect I will be going back soon...

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  2. Been there done that...found out I have obstructive sleep apnea compounded by PLM...not PML...PLM. Periodic Leg Movement...like jerking legs all night long. I guess I'm just too "busy" to really get a good night's sleep...

    Good luck with your consult.

    Linda D. in Seattle

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  3. I had to laugh when you said, "figured it was his turn to look at me funny".

    I feel that way every time I visit a doctor!

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  4. Sometimes I have to totally drain myself of energy to get a good night's sleep. Not an easy undertaking.

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