Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by eeyoreblue02, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member


    I saw your post on sleep apnea. Please tell me what type of surgery you had. I have been diagnosed as borderline sleep apnea, but I snore something awful. My doctor has said that we can discuss options, such as surgery, after I am through dealing with the bladder surgery and digestive problems. If I am going to have surgery, I may as well have it this year since my insurance will have gone into the 100% area anyway.

    Was your surgery a laser surgery?

  2. Hootie1

    Hootie1 New Member

    Linda- I will have to get back to you tomorrow about this- I am SO sleepy and have to go to bed.
  3. dragon06

    dragon06 New Member

    you better be careful how many surgeries you have in 1 year. There are only so many times you can safely go under anesthesia in a given amount of time.
  4. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    You're right about that and I questioned the doctos about it. In 1999 I had THREE surgeries in less than three months!

    Oh, the joys of getting old and falling apart!!
  5. wildflowers2

    wildflowers2 New Member

    the surgery only lasts for 2 years IF that..*FACT*** your homework and ask questions.

    they told me that crap too..I wear a dental appliance to correct the sleep apnea.

    the first sleep study the whacky doctor had me near dead-
    however I got ALLL my records and went to and ear, nose and throat doctor.

    his words- yes you can do the surgery but it doesnt last.

    I had a second sleep study after a yr of wearing my dental appliance and guess what.....

    My sleep apnea was under control!!!!!!the other doctor thought I needed a c-pap in the worst way- to which he was getting a kick back for the company that makes it.

    I spent 350.00 for a dental appliance.

    the uvalia(spelling) surgey does NOT work....and is very


    the dental appliance is called a snore guard-
    what it does and how it is fitted is it pushes your lovew jaw out a bit so your tongue has room and doesnt clsoe your throat when you sleep.

    DO YOUR HOMEWORK and get a second oppinion*****
  6. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    I will look into the dental device. I have recently started waking myself up with the snoring. I'd much rather wear a dental device than a C-PAP or have surgery. I agree with you that docs recommend things for kickbacks. Makes me sick!!!

    I will be talking to my doctor about the dental device soon.

    Thanks so much,

  7. Malcolm82

    Malcolm82 New Member

    I had a custom made dental device to control my snoring before I was diagnosed with OSA. It didn't work at all.

    For someone with very minor sleep apnea, it may help. Mine turned out to be too severe. My breathing stopped 44 times per hour on average for durations of up to 90 seconds. If I hadn't gotten CPAP I very well may have died of a heart attack in my sleep by now. I had no idea how severe it was.
    OSA is no joke. It can KILL you!

    After being on CPAP for over 3 years continuously, I would definitely recommend it. I think it is a much better alternative than the surgery, which, as has been pointed out, is not permanent. Tissue continues to grow and thicken in those areas due to the healing process, and eventually you will have the same problem, if not worse. I know 2 people with OSA who had that experience. They are both on CPAP now.

    I know it isn't inexpensive. My health insurance at the time covered 50 percent of the cost, which is considered "durable medical equipment" (DME). The equipment company I went through, Apria, billed me for an initial $240, then monthly installments of $14.95 for about 12 months. My insurance would pay for half the cost of a new mask every 6 months (you will need one that often, they stop sealing to your face and leak after a while), so my co-pay for that was about $40 to $50. My employer eventually changed insurance programs which reduced the coverage on DME to 25%. The insurance I now have on my own covers 50%

    There are quite a few good sources for CPAP equipment on-line that offer the same equipment for lower prices. You will still need a prescription for the actual CPAP machine (flow generator) because the tritration level the machine has to be set at is a prescription, but you don't need a prescription to buy masks, hoses, filters, etc. The only problem here is that most of them don't accept insurance. They will give you an invoice that is coded properly, but you must submit the claim yourself, and if your policy will not accept claims from suppliers outside of their network, your insurance won't cover it.

    Two or three new CPAP equipment suppliers have recently opened up very close to me that are in my insurer's network, so there isn't a monopoly any more and that has reduced prices. Prices do seem to be coming down.

    Trust me, there are alot of people out there who have undiagnosed OSA that they will probably end up dying from, but after that no one will know they had it. It happens every day. OSA is kind of like these other DDs we have in that in the past it has been severely under diagnosed. The medical community has only in the past few years recognized it as a serious health threat. I went to an ear, nose, and throat specialist first. He was about 70 years old and he wouldn't even approve a sleep study for me because he said he didn't have enough proof by examining me that I might have OSA. I finally got another referral from my GP to a sleep clinic and they did an overnight sleep study right away and diagnosed and treated me.

    If you have any other questions about anything to do with OSA, please ask. I will be glad to answer what I can.

    But I can't stress enough how important it is for you to get this treated. Your very life is at stake!!

  8. PatDLT

    PatDLT New Member

    Hi, I was diagnosed with severe OSA about four years ago. I use a Cpap machine. It took me 3 months to get used to it. Now its part of my face. I have heard about the surgery, but everyone whom I talked to says it is a 50 50 chance it will even work. Also, if you do have to use the machine, you might be able to get a discount from your electric company. Check it out.

    Good luck!
  9. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    Wow! I would have never thought of that. I'm going to mention it to my bil who uses the CPAP.

    I would love to be able to use the dental device and nothing else. I have got to make my dr. appt. so we can discuss these things.

    You guys are great for sharing like this.

    Thanks so much!

  10. wildflowers2

    wildflowers2 New Member

    ONe more thing..... put b;ock under the top of your head board and raise it up 4 inches so your bed is on a slight angel. this will help too
  11. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    will also help with acid reflux!