On February 13, 2011 I got a chance to pay to sleep on a crappy bed, wired up like some sort of experiment in a Frankenstein movie.
If you have never had a sleep test, I would advise to avoid it. You really don’t get a good night sleep, and “wake up” in the morning more tired than when you laid down. The upside to the test and all the wires is that the doctors do figure out something. For me it was that I twitched and jumped like a bullfrog on a hot sidewalk. They could have asked me and I could have saved them the time of the test.
I am a night jumper. There are times I have jerked and twitched so hard while falling asleep, I have thrown myself out of bed. Maybe that’s why I’m single.
A month after the test, March 22nd, I got the results. Yes, you have problems sleeping. Yes, you need to see a specialist. Yes, we have set up an appointment. So, a few days later I was at the pulmonary sleep doctor.
Doctor Perlow is a great guy. He took time with me and explained what he thought was/were my problem(s). I also gave him a copy of all my prior tests and results. Since I have a history of brain injury, having had a cystic hygroma in my brain, and multiple concussions over the years, the doctor thought it advisable to have an MRI done on my brain, neck and spine. He told me I was scheduled to see the neurology clinic, and he would confer with them as to what course of action should be next. One thing about Perlow is that he has been around awhile. He took time to understand exactly what was going on and was not dismissive of my concerns.
So here it was the end of March, 2011 and I still didn’t have any more information or solutions than when I lost my private insurance in January, 2010.
Dr. Perlow did prescribe Gabapentin to help with the burning and other issues that I was having throughout my body. Just one more drug to put into my system. This made seven different drugs. I was starting to feel like my late mother with all the scripts she had.