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Breathing problem question - diagnostic

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  • Posted By: christine212
  • January 28, 2007
  • 03:01 PM


I am doing some research for a fiction book and was wondering if anyone would be able to answer the questions below? Thank you so much in advance for any information you can provide.

A person has difficulty breathing at night and sometimes wakes up because he can’t breath. The doctor he goes to wants to run lots of tests to get to the bottom of what’s wrong with him:

what types of tests would be included ? scan? blood test? I am trying to come up with an exhaustive list of the TYPES of the tests that could be run, not necessary the actual names of the tests.

2nd question: If no tests shows anything wrong with the patient, could the problem likely be due to stress?

Thanks again ! Christine

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  • I would hope the first test your doctor would want to do would be a sleep study. The person usually spends 1 night in eith a sleep lab or some hospitals has a company that comes to their hospitals to do sleep studies. During the study a technician puts different monitoring devices of the individual prior to their going to sleep. They will usually monitor breathing, heart rate, oxygen rate, and brain waves. They also monitor the different stages of sleep. When you are not in certain stages of sleep long enough your body does not get a restorative type of sleep. Insurance usually will pay towards these tests, but they need to be ordered by a doctor. If they do find a person has a sleep disorder there a options available for treatment, depending on the condition.My son and husband have both had sleep studies. My husband has mild obstructive sleep apnea and my son has severe obstructive sleep apnea. My son uses a Bi-Pap machine at night to help with his breathing. Even still his oxygen was low, so he also uses oxygen only at night with his Bi-Pap machine. This has made a huge, huge difference in his life. I truly believe it has actually saved his life. People do die from obstructive sleep apnea if it goes untreated for to long. It can also contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease if left untreated. If your doctor doesn't suggest a sleep study I would specifically ask him. Good Luck - Hope this was somewhat helpful.Mary
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