Hi all, I'm new to the forums. I'm trying to get treated for years of suffering. Thus far, no doctor has referred me for a sleep study.
Basically because I don't fit the stereotypical apnea sufferer, I'm slim, I'm not older, I don't fall asleep whilst watching television and I don't snore.
But, I have a very large tongue, a thick neck for my size and I regularly wake up snorting, I can't fall asleep on back back due to obstruction.
I also do feel like I desperately want to sleep and want to shut my eyes I just don't spontaneously fall asleep. I go up to bed for a nap instead.
Last doctor I've been seeing said no to referral, I don't fit. I am going to a new doctor on Monday to try again, this time armed with the results of a sleepview sleep study, same one that's on this site.
I am hoping that is enough for the doctor to feel a sleep study is warranted. The result was a AHI of 24.
Only every time I go to a new doctor they want to start with the same things I've already had done a billion times, iron test & nose spray.
Does anyone have any links to information that could backup my case? I've seen that in the American criteria, it says sleepiness OR insomnia. And I have heard a statistic that 40% of Apnea sufferers are not overweight. But I can't find UK guidelines, not a reliable source of statistics that won't get me the look of "Don't believe everything you read of the internet".
Thanks for any advice.
Hi, mine came after 3 months in which I got 2 excuse letters telling me that they don't have free appointments. The GP told me to call her if I don't receive an invitation within 6 months. After that it was much better with the clinic - 1 to 2 weeks at max for everything.