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Went To Sleep Study And Ended Up Locked Up!


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Well I don't know where to go with this. Seems I have more issues. I went for my sleep study the other day. First off I was terrified and was uncomfortable.

I often have a hard time going to sleep or if I go to sleep I wake up continuously.

Being scared I wouldn't sleep or just to take the edge off I had a couple drinks. Two to be exact. That wasn't the problem.

After taking all my meds I fell asleep but while asleep I became entangled in the cords and started having a violent dream. I was awaken by security trying to hold me down and then given some type of shot that knocked me out. I then woke up again in another hospital in the mental ward.

I was released that evening but was still drugged up from my medications and the tranquilizer they shot me with.

The police stopped by my house to check up on me just to see if I was ok. He said he had been dispatched on a health and welfare to my location a couple times but this time he was visiting on his own for he was the office who transported me.

I don't know if my study was completed or if there will be another since the VA outsourced this study. What is left now? I clearly don't know what to do.

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That depends on what you were having the sleep study for. If it was for nightmares and REM sleep disorder, you nailed it. If it was for sleep apnea, I don't know if you had the kind of sleep that would have you snoring/creating breathing trouble.

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They said it was going to be a split study. What ever that is. I know one check was for sleep apnea and the tech talked about REM and some other stuff. But to be honest I can't remember much because I think I was starting to panic inside. I just don't know.

They said follow up with my PCP and Psychologist. I'm not for that, I'm afraid the VA will try and send me to Waco this time. I'm in complete panic mode right now.

If they would have just left me alone or get those wires off me.

I'm sorry for venting. I'm just upset and don't know what is in store for my. I've already had two suicide attempts and now this. I don't think I will handle it. I can't be taken away.

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BlastDaddy,

Sorry for your unpleasant experience during the sleep study. However, for your own good, please follow their advice and go see your psychologist. The psychologist is there to help you with your anxiety. At a minimum, please call your psychologist on the phone and let them know your thoughts and concerns. Listen to what they tell you. We do not want you to get to the point where you want to hurt yourself or anyone else. You deserve good care and we want to see you get it.

Good luck to you.

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There is new type of care for sleep apnea that does not involve CPAP. It is called Upper Airway Stimulation therapy. It involves a surgery to implant a device in your chest and neck that used electic shocks to keep your airways open. I am having it done in about three weeks. The VA won't do it so you need to have medicare and/or private insurance. This technique will revolutionize the treatment of OSA. I just cannot use the CPAP myself, and have woken up gasping for breath with the mask on before. That would make anyone panic.

I went to the VA hospital for psychological evaluation about 42 years ago and landed up in rubber room myself. I was there two weeks before private psychologist I knew got me out. I would see the psychologist for sure. Make them take care of you.

John

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I have been in the psych ward numerous times. The VA Psych Ward in Albuquerque is not bad, it's not the end of the world to check in and get stable.

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Now that my head is clearing from the whole episode I have found three different areas where they stuck me to sedate me. I don't really understand what happened and things are still foggy to me. But little by little I am remembering. I'm not that big of a guy so I don't see why so many tranquilizers to sedate me.

Thank you everyone for the concern. But I will not be checking in at this point. I have already been there before and didn't care much for it. However I am feeling more relaxed and secure now that I am home and in my comfort zone.

But man I am sore and bruised up.

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After you finish I would complain about the treatment. If you have to do anything like this again take a loved one or friend with you to keep an eye on you and them too.

Good Luck

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Have your doctor to request an in-home sleep study done. I have severe sleep apnea and severe insomnia and I could not fall asleep in the lab, so my doctor requested the in-home sleep study. They will send you everything and it will record your sleep for three nights and then you mail it back. I got my CPAP machine within 30 days I think. It has been several years now.

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Pete 53 and Pete 992

I don't think I can ever do this again. leaving out and staying away rom my home is not on the table. Thank you I should have done it this time.

Pete 992, I don't know what I have with sleep problems. Sometimes I can't fall asleep. Other times I do and then wake up super tired. No matter what meds my mind over rides them and I have crazy dreams Sometimes I think the dreams are real and I'm living in them helplessly watching and having no control. Not even being able to wake myself. Then other times I find myself easily waking from them just to stay awake.

Hell I'm confused myself with my sleep. I just sleep here and their. Since my wife doesn't sleep with me it really doesn't bother me when I catch that nap. She just continuously checks on me to ensure I'm ok. But she says I do rock the house when I'm tired because I snore so loud. Which doesn't make since for sleep apnea because I'm not over weight. Actually I'm under weight and the doctors says they can't figure out why in the last year I went from 180 pounds down to 140. Now I'm sitting at 150.

I would like help with my sleep problems. If their are any out their.

BTW, a friend that I served with did read my post and has been over checking on me. He stayed so late last night we fell asleep talking and awoke mid day today to have a late late breakfast. I did not know he was still around and was very happy to hear and see him.

Thank all of you who provided input.

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Man you are not kidding about all the wires. I felt like the old man in the wireless commercial. I just wanted the wires off, but I continued. Stupid neurologist said she didn't trust the test, that was done years ago, because I had taken morphine and hydrocodone. I did retake the test though.

She is full of crap. I was prescribed morphine 5 years before the test, but I never took it. I have the bottle full to prove it. I an going to go after her. I will give her a chance to change what she wrote first. This was more negligence rather than ignorance, althought it is hard to determine which is greater.

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Well I got my sleep study results and everything was a 0. That's right. The study was stopped two half hours into it due to Quote " Altered behavior." WTH.

So I dug through the stuff they given my wife on my release from the second hospital and it had current diagnosis upon release. 1st PTSD "No Shit", Aggressive Behavior and Insomnia.

Looked at the doctors and it had 5 different doctors and one did a psych evaluation on me.

So my wife and I went to release of information. We wanted to see what was there. They refused to release any information. Said Mental health records are to be released by doctors authorization only. Again WTF.

What is this Altered behavior crap. Now I have no sleep study.

How can they get Aggressive behavior. It was a dream.

But I did find out the security holding me down were actually police. Three of them. Somehow I broke free from them and ended up in the rest room with a trash can trying to defend myself. But again I was in a dream and didn't remember any of it until told by an officer what happened .

Still I don't recall everything.

Does anyone know what this could mean "Altered State and Aggressive Behavior"

Also how do I get these Psych doctors to release information to me?

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As far as the sleep study, you just need to have the Docs order another Study. When I was Stationed in New Orleans, I had to go out in town to do a sleep study. My Study was considered inconclusive due to me sleeping on my stomach and moving around to much and entangling all the wires. So I am going to do another sleep study soon. As far as your Mental Health Notes, you can request those at the VA. I just got my 3rd set a few weeks ago, with no issues at all. Also you can get them off the MyHealthEVet site too. Good luck either way bud.

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As USVet said get your records off MyHealthevet. I have all of my mental health notes posted there. I have been able to down load them and look at them....also ROI always tells you that they can not release MH records but if you fill out the request anyway often the Psych docs will release them unless they think the information will harm you...So far I haven't had that problem. All I am saying is fill out the request for your health records and see what happens...also go to MyHealthevet and see if they are in there.

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Finally received the ER room notes and Doctors notes.

He said I was violent and suffered from Sever PTSD. "Seems to be in combat, suffers from severe PTSD".

He also stated I was uncontrolled and did not seem to be in a stable state of mind at the time but after seeing me several hours later I was not the same person and was able to release me to a family member with agreement to seek counseling. WTH is that.

But why did they give me so many drugs knowing I had already taken what was prescribed. They shot me up with additional "5 haldol and 5 Ativan". They said I was ut of control.

Well, I guess I will see where this leads.

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