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Old 01-25-2008, 11:42 AM
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I guess this is the best place to post this question. My DH went to the dr this morning to get a rx for Chantix, and talk about his sleep issues. He is doing a sleep study this Sunday night(yeah, that was quick!). A friend told me that in Maine, when you are dx with sleep apnea, you can/usually do have your driver's license suspended for at least a few months. I don't doubt her, as she said her BIL went through it and went through hell keeping his license, as he drives for a living. But I still think the idea is dumb. It's not like it's narcolepsy, even though I guess in severe cases you might have to worry about the person falling asleep at odd times. Any suggestions for how I can find out what the law would be in my state? I'm leaning toward having DH call his dr to see what *he* says.
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:15 PM
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I think you should do some research on it. It's not really about him falling asleep at the wheel, but his body never gets enough rest and it builds up over time. Driving tired is just as bad as driving drunk.
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I guess this is the best place to post this question. My DH went to the dr this morning to get a rx for Chantix, and talk about his sleep issues. He is doing a sleep study this Sunday night(yeah, that was quick!). A friend told me that in Maine, when you are dx with sleep apnea, you can/usually do have your driver's license suspended for at least a few months. I don't doubt her, as she said her BIL went through it and went through hell keeping his license, as he drives for a living. But I still think the idea is dumb. It's not like it's narcolepsy, even though I guess in severe cases you might have to worry about the person falling asleep at odd times. Any suggestions for how I can find out what the law would be in my state? I'm leaning toward having DH call his dr to see what *he* says.
Have your husband call his doctor, he would know since he as to report things to the DMV. Not sure where you are, but from experience, California is very restricting, Washington is not.
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:21 PM
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It's going to be kinda hard at this point, I think, unless the dr has office hours tomorrow...I really don't even know where to start looking online But you'd think that if someone is diagnosed with it, and taking steps to treat it, they wouldn't do that. They're trying to get better, not just letting it go
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It's going to be kinda hard at this point, I think, unless the dr has office hours tomorrow...I really don't even know where to start looking online But you'd think that if someone is diagnosed with it, and taking steps to treat it, they wouldn't do that. They're trying to get better, not just letting it go

I'm not sure abouth the apnea - but my Dad can't get a DL in California because he had a seizure like 4 years ago. He hasn't had one since, but whatever. He has a DL in Washington, though.

Go to your states DMV web site and do a search on sleep apnea. Maybe something will come up. Or just search on google (your state)+sleep apnea+drivers license. You'll find something.
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I used to have sleep apnea before I had surgury to remove my adnoids. I was still able to get my license though. There was nowhere to write it on the application so I guess they don't know?
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:12 PM
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^ Well, according to what Charlotte said, it sounds like the dr would report it to the DMV?
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Well if he's diagnosed with sleep apnea and treated properly there shouldn't be a reason that he shouldn't be able to get a license.

There could also be a severity deal. i have sleep apnea (used to be 13 psi or pressure, now 8) but they didn't mention DL issues (I live in WA, tho)

Also, like 1/3 of americans have some form of sleep apnea and just don't know.
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Well I finally got to mention it to him(he got stuck working late tonight, and had been busy most of the day) and he didn't seem worried, as the dr had asked him if he gets tired while driving and DH told him no. Not anymore, anyway, he used to have a job where he was on call pretty much 24/7 and sometimes would have to go in at 2, 3, 4 in the morning or so, on very little sleep...THEN he would be tired while driving!
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April-I'm so glad that he went to the Dr's for this! Great news and I hope everything gets taken care of very soon.
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:51 PM
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Thanks Meg, but I fear the sleep study may have been a waste DH said he barely slept the whole night b/c of all the wires, and they would fall off and the nurse would have to come in and re-attach them *sigh* Now I guess we just wait to see what the doctor says and go from there. Even if they say he doesn't have apnea, I think I want DH to go to an ENT to see if maybe it could be his tonsils/throat tissue making him snore The only thing we have to lose, really, is the $10 co-pay.
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i was diagnosed with sleep apnea a few years ago and underwent two sleep studies. i had a tonsillectomy and UP3 on Jan 14th to correct it. i sleep much better now but the pain post surgery is horrible! it took about 2 weeks before i could eat solid food again.

i havent heard any license restraints in my state for people with sleep apnea. it would be a hard thing to prove that it was actually the apnea that could cause the accident. i will admit though, i dont get sleepy behind the wheel but my dad does from time to time. its pretty scary!
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Thanks Meg, but I fear the sleep study may have been a waste DH said he barely slept the whole night b/c of all the wires, and they would fall off and the nurse would have to come in and re-attach them *sigh* Now I guess we just wait to see what the doctor says and go from there. Even if they say he doesn't have apnea, I think I want DH to go to an ENT to see if maybe it could be his tonsils/throat tissue making him snore The only thing we have to lose, really, is the $10 co-pay.
the surgery i had (UP3 and tonsillectomy) is usually successful in about 60% of patients. usually, if a patient has moderate to light apnea, it can usually be cured through surgery. he will probably be given the option to use a cpap machine which should give him some relief but if he had trouble sleeping w/ the wires attached, it will be really hard for him to sleep with the mask on. have you ever heard your husband stop breathing while he sleeps. its a gasping for air kinda sound.
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Yeah, I use a CPAP machine. it's annoying [obviously] but I can usually tell I feel more refreshing while sleeping with it.
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the surgery i had (UP3 and tonsillectomy) is usually successful in about 60% of patients. usually, if a patient has moderate to light apnea, it can usually be cured through surgery. he will probably be given the option to use a cpap machine which should give him some relief but if he had trouble sleeping w/ the wires attached, it will be really hard for him to sleep with the mask on. have you ever heard your husband stop breathing while he sleeps. its a gasping for air kinda sound.
I've not heard him stop breathing, one of my ex-BFs used to do that, so I'm familiar with it. But I tell myself that just b/c I've not heard it happen, doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't happen. Maybe I sleep through it
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