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Sleep Study Results


January 9th, 2010 Posted 1:42 am

It took us close to 30 minutes just to get out of our driveway Thursday afternoon. Over five inches of snow fell the previous night. The snow plow didn’t exactly do a stellar job with the streets, so we managed to get stuck in the road adjacent to our house.  When we arrived home, we were both pleased to find that our neighbor — who drives a snow plow for the county highway department — had plowed my parking spot. Living in a small town has its perks. Anyway, back to the reason for this post — my sleep study results.

My pulmonologist — the doctor that ordered the test — said that I have Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). He prescribed Requip. Since he is stepping me up on the drug over a three week period, I won’t know how well the drugs works for a little while.  The hope is that it will eliminate or  significantly decrease my daytime sleepiness. Some of my medications interfered with the sleep study, making it impossible to determine if I have narcolepsy. If the Requip doesn’t work, my doctor is going to treat me for narcolepsy.

In the mean time, I’m supposed to limit my naps to 20 minutes and I’m supposed to go to bed and get up at the same time each day — no matter how much sleep I get. Needless to say, the next three weeks will be interesting. I am crossing my fingers that the Requip does the trick. Wish me luck, pray for me, or whatever it is that you do.  🙂

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