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Sleep Study Results

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.ย  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.ย  The hope is that it will eliminate orย  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.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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4 Responses to “Sleep Study Results”

  1. avatarAchelois
    7:35 pm on January 9th, 2010

    Good luck. Its hard to be rigid about naps and regular bedtime and getting up. A friend with chronic insomnia (I know this is different for you though) attended a sleep clinic and developed what they call here a ‘good sleep hygeine’ programme and it did really help.

    So as asked – Wishing you really really good luck for the next three weeks.

  2. avatarbeth
    9:00 pm on January 9th, 2010

    My doctor went over some hygiene tips as well. I should probably check into it further online to see what other tips might be out there. It can’t hurt. The luck is much appreciated. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. avatarMary Dunn
    2:29 pm on March 8th, 2010

    Thank you for all your sharing and suggestions. Finally having EDS friends through FB has helped me tremendously. I got a Neti-Pot and it felt so good to “clean” my sinuses out. Also, I so relate to the sleep troubles. I sleep 12 to 14 hours per day and sometimes I can literaly sleep 24. I get up to go to the bathroom and thats it. I also don’t feel like traveling like I used to. Again, thank you, Beth.

  4. avatarbeth
    11:08 pm on March 22nd, 2010


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