Sleep Study for disability?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Bren2135, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. Bren2135

    Bren2135 New Member

    Hi Friends,

    I'm wondering if a sleep study would benefit our doctors, as far as a medication evaluation? I feel lucky if I can get 4 hours of sleep a night, and even that is disturbed.

    (I know I could never wear that c-pap mask thingie! I'm claustrophobic, and would tear it right off. But, I'd be willing to try some medications.)

    How does the 'disability board' view the results of a sleep study, and a neurologist's opinion? Would this help prove my disability case, when I file it?

    Please share your stories/advice/relevant(or not!) rambles!

    Have a warm day,
    Brenda
    [This Message was Edited on 09/28/2006]
  2. ladykew

    ladykew New Member

    Brenda, what are you filing on? FMS? CFIDS? Depression?
    I had to visit several different doctors, a Neurologist included, but I was never asked to take a sleep study. What does your primary care physician say about your taking a sleep study? Are you under the care of any Specialist? You want your documentation to be relevant to the illness for which you are filing on. So...first, what illness are you filing on? What type of specialist or doctor do you see? How long have you had your illness?

    I've been through this...I hope I can help you out.

    ~~~Lew

  3. ladykew

    ladykew New Member

    Brenda, what are you filing on? FMS? CFIDS? Depression?
    I had to visit several different doctors, a Neurologist included, but I was never asked to take a sleep study. What does your primary care physician say about your taking a sleep study? Are you under the care of any Specialist? You want your documentation to be relevant to the illness for which you are filing on. So...first, what illness are you filing on? What type of specialist or doctor do you see? How long have you had your illness?

    I've been through this...I hope I can help you out.

    ~~~Lew

  4. Redwillow

    Redwillow New Member

    Hi Bren

    I am Canadian so I don't know how much my experience in filing for disability will help you but here goes.

    I had a sleep study done, before I was dx'd for FM. My doctor was looking for what was causing my extreme fatigue and thought I might have sleep apnea.

    I didn't have sleep apnea but what the study showed was that I had Restless Leg Syndrome, which the neurologist felt was part of why I wasn't able to sleep well.

    The study also showed that I never go into a level 4 sleep.

    When I applied for disability here in Ontario the only two reports I sent with my application was a 3 1/2 page report from my rheumatologist and this sleep study.

    The rheumatologist report was excellent. She diagnosed me with Chronic Pain Syndrome (she said she wouldn't use the "F" word in the report as it is her experience that most insurance companies don't like Fibromyalgia).

    She also mentioned a medical history of anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue and migraines.

    I was advised to only submit doctors reports that support the condition that was applying for. I was lucky because I was accepted first application. This is extremely rare, but I believe happened because I had such wonderful help.

    good luck with your application
    hugs Redwillow
  5. Bren2135

    Bren2135 New Member

    Hi Lew -- I'm filing for FM. I've had it for many years, and now, because all my other health conditions are exacerbating it into a great, big, painful mess. Recently, I've developed:

    ~Ulcer and pyloric stricture (had it ballooned open 3 times)
    ~IBS
    ~Looks like osteoarthritis (still waiting on a diagnosis, and rheumatologist visit)
    ~Unrestful/limited sleep ability
    ~Increased pain, limited mobility, constant flare
    ~Return of anxiety attacks

    And, most recently, I'm being looked at for ovarian cysts/possible tumor/cancer. CA-125 (cancer marker) was elevated -- HOWEVER, my oncologist just told me that FM could possibly cause that! Arrgh!

    Anyway, I digress. I was thinking that, in order to PROVE disability, perhaps a sleep study would be beneficial. It could also help the doc know what med to try, right?

    Thanks for responding..
    Brenda