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sleep study before surgery

Hi,
I was scheduled on Thursday for a level 2 ACDF and when I went to the anesthesia appointment he and my surgeon requested that I complete a sleep study before surgery. I am 47, 5'3 and weigh too much. I am glad they are being careful but has anyone else experienced this?
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    can be very important to a person's total well being.
    What they are looking for is to see if you may have Sleep Apnea.
    Wikipedia said:

    Sleep apnea (or sleep apnoea in British English; /æpˈniːə/) is a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least ten seconds to several minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour.[1] Similarly, each abnormally shallow breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or "sleep study".
    It is very important to identify if you do have this. There have been a number of deaths that were narrowed down to a person having sleep apnea. A famous Football player, Reggie White died and the cause of death was attributed to sleep apnea.

    The condition is easily treated by the use of a CPAP ( Continuous positive airway pressure ). device. This is what the machine looks like 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    I've been using a CPA machine for over 10 years now. It does help me get a much better nights sleep, even with all my spinal problems, plus it eliminates my snoring, which is a BIG plus for my wife!

    Another contributor to having sleep apnea is being overweight. That can be so difficult to control as a spinal patient. It is very important to get the results of the sleep study test. The actual sleep study test is normally set up, having the patient sleep overnight in a bed with various leads and other devices attachted to their body. During the night, the patient is examined to see how they physically sleep during the night and also to collect data.

    I strongly advise to have this sleep study done.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Hi
    I have Sleep Apnea too and just noticed the picture Ron of the small machine.
    I have a large one and when we travel it is so heavy to get in our truck. My
    Hubby is 65 and it is hard for him I just hate that he has to lift it.
    What I have down is looked into buying a small portable one but wow they
    are so expensive. Do you have any suggestions that you could PM me on
    what direction to go or can you tell me here for everyone else who may
    be interested too. To find one that is more affordable,that would be a great help.
    Thanks Sherri
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  • I had the test and I was so glad I did. Because of the meds I take and
    other factors my oxygen was dropping really low during the night.
    I had no idea I had never heard of that and it can like Ron said
    do a lot of damage including death if you are not getting the proper
    amount of oxygen. I have one of those little gadgets they slip on
    your finger to test your oxygen and most days I am at 98 but
    at night when I wake I see it get down lower, but never like before I
    started using the machine.
    I wish you the very best and if you end up using the machine, it is
    a little hard to get used to but I felt better the next day.
    Take care sorry I went on just want you be alright.
  • I knew I had sleep apnea because my husband always complained about the way I stopped breathing and then choke awake. I also knew that I would wake up a lot and then have a migraine. Since I had the sleep study they found that I stopped breathing 128 times in one night. Once I started using the Cpap machine I slept better, felt better in the morning and have fewer migraines. Good luck.
  • How do I get my husband on one of these machines! Even when he sleeps in the basement, I can hear him! haha
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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  • :)
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    The Machine?
    The Man?
    The Woman?
    or
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    The best way is to see a pulmonologist. Based on their initial examination, they can determine if a sleep study is warranted.
    And you would be amazed to see how many people do have sleep apnea.

    Now as far as the snoring from the basement. The times I do not use my CPAP machine. ( I know I should , it works, it helps, but I still hate it) is SUPER ear plugs. The ones you can get when flying in a plane. My wife has several pairs in the nightstand.

    And when that doesnt work, we ( really she) is fortunate that we have a detached cottage. So, when the snoring starts to rattle the walls, I get nudge out to go sleep in the cottage.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • That settles it. I need a cottage! :)
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • Sleep apnea is not just about snoring. That is the outward symptom that makes people get the sleep study, but when you have sleep apnea, you stop breathing. The fact is that more people with sleep apnea have heart attacks because of the strain that those bouts of restarting your breathing can cause damage to your heart.if someone you love has sleep apnea, get them to a sleep study. My GP gave me a Rx's for one and it has made such a difference.
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