Sleep Apnea/Sleep Apnea

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I stayed overnight at a sleep center to be tested for sleep apnea and narcolepsy.  I was told I had neither.  However the doctor did mention I had a few episodes where I stopped breathing and one of those times was for 58 seconds!!  Obviously how is that possible without being indicative of sleep apnea.  I wake up with massive headaches everyday, I snore loudly, and I sometimes wake gasping.  I was thinking of requesting another test.  Let me know your thoughts on the "58" seconds though - it is baffling to me.
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Karen: your description of the results of your testing baffle me also, especially given your reported symptoms.  Fifty-eight second apnea(s) is a significant finding and one which would require clinical correlation.  Can you get a copy of your sleep test and if so, let me know so I can ask for some specific numbers off of it?

In the meantime, I encourage you to seek the advice of a sleep specialist (not associated with wherever you had the first test done) and subsequent testing at another facility.

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Dave Walsh RRT

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Registered Respiratory Therapist and Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner (IL). Thirty-five years in the field of Respiratory Care with the last twenty-five years spent concentrating in the area of sleep disordered breathing. Established the first hospital based compact multiphysiologic recording program for the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).

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I'm proud to have built a comprehensive sleep disorders center in Chicago during the '80s and to then go on and build the first hospital based home sleep testing (HST) program in the country. I now own and operate Sleep Case Management, a Division of DRW&Associates Inc, providing sleep disorders case management services to physicians and their patients in northern IL along with providing home sleep testing and arrangements for in-lab sleep testing.

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American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Association for Respiratory Care

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BSc (Biology), ASc (RT)

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