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SLEEP STUDY Is it pointless?
« on: Jan 5th, 2006, 8:27am »
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My nuro wants me to go for a sleep study. Has any one ever had to do this? Will I get any useful info from it?
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Re: SLEEP STUDY Is it pointless?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 5th, 2006, 9:36am »
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Lots of us have had sleep studies done. Most of us have sleep apnea. Probably won't make much of a difference in your CH activity to know...but you'll know.  
 
 
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 5th, 2006, 10:44am »
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: Headache. 2004 Jun;44(6):607-10.  
   
Obstructive sleep apnea and cluster headache.
 
Graff-Radford SB, Newman A.
 
The Pain Center, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA.
 
A patient with cluster headache often wakes from sleep. The relationship to sleep apnea has been described. This study sought to confirm the relationship cluster may have with sleep apnea. METHODS: Thirty-nine consecutive patients diagnosed with episodic cluster headache according to the International Headache Society (IHS) criteria were sent for polysomnographic studies. All patients were in an active phase when they were in the study. Patients were told of the proposed relationship and were allowed to choose a sleep laboratory close to their home. RESULTS: Thirty-one patients with episodic cluster headache completed an overnight polysomnographic study. Twenty-three were male and eight female. The average age was 51 years (range 33 to 78 years). The average weight was 173 pounds (range 117 to 260 pounds). A total of 80.64% had sleep apnea (25/31). Average respiratory depression index (RDI) was 19.0 (SD 14.6) with 6 patients having no apnea, 10 having mild, 11 having moderate, and 4 having severe apnea (RDI < 5 = none; RDI 5 to 20 mild; RDI 20 to 40 moderate; RDI > 40 severe). Oxygen saturation decreased on average to 88.4% SD 4.5. Sleep efficiency was 76.2% (SD 13.4). CONCLUSIONS: The data closely approximate those of Chervin et al, where 80% had RDI > 5. The relationship sleep apnea has in the perpetuation or precipitation of cluster headache is still to be determined. There are some reports that treatment stops the cluster but there is no prospective study. The high incidence (80.64%) seen in this population suggests the cluster patient should receive a sleep evaluation and perhaps intervention with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or an appropriate dental device.
 
PMID: 15186306 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]  
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 5th, 2006, 4:04pm »
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Actually, I believe there are several people here who have stated that they did have Sleep Apnea and that a CPAP did reduce the frequency/get rid of the night time hits.  This had little or no effect on their daytime attacks.  
 
Depending on the severity of any sleep apnea, it is very likely that a CPAP may allow you to get more and better sleep which may give you a clearer head and more energy to fight the beast.
 
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 5th, 2006, 7:54pm »
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Thanks for the in-put everybody. I'm going to do it, the bennys will pick up the bill.
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 5th, 2006, 8:19pm »
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My CH became diagnosable a few months after I started using a CPAP. I would say that my 10 before was a 5 now. It may be because before the CPAP I lived with horrible bone and joint pain and the reduction in stress  caused CH to really hit. Right now I should be entering a 1 month bad cycle ( Chronics have cycles too) but my CPAP isn't helping me and I am in a lot of pain elsewhere so the beast is suppressed ( I hope). Any way if you have insurance, get the test and see what is up.
 
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 7th, 2006, 11:46pm »
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Well yes I have had a couple of them. I have to wear CPAP.  It has not helped my Clusters.  However,  it has helped in other ways.  I dont have the mornig headaches anymore.  I sleep much better and feel more rested.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 9th, 2006, 10:36am »
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My employer does sleep studies on me on a regular basis.
 
Boss always calls in the middle of a good nap.
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on Jan 9th, 2006, 10:36am, chewy wrote:
My employer does sleep studies on me on a regular basis.
 
Boss always calls in the middle of a good nap.

Those damned bosses can be so inconsiderate.
 
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 11th, 2006, 8:10am »
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I put a sign on my door.
 
"Jehova Witness Recruitment Office"
 
No one ever comes in.
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on Jan 11th, 2006, 8:10am, chewy wrote:
I put a sign on my door.
 
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No one ever comes in.

LOL! I'd get fired, but that's f'n hysterical! Thanks for the laugh!
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Re: SLEEP STUDY Is it pointless?
« Reply #11 on: Jan 11th, 2006, 11:23pm »
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on Jan 7th, 2006, 11:46pm, mynm156 wrote:
Well yes I have had a couple of them. I have to wear CPAP.  It has not helped my Clusters.  However,  it has helped in other ways.  I dont have the mornig headaches anymore.  I sleep much better and feel more rested.

 
What m&m said, same here
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