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Subject:

[pa-l] Referral Needed in Durham/Chapel Hill, NC area for Sleep Apnea

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Matthew Miller <[log in to unmask]>

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Acupuncture research in the UK and beyond.

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Mon, 9 Jun 2003 21:55:28 -0400

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Hi All,

A friend recently wrote asking about acupuncture
treatment for her brother-in-law who has a severe form
of sleep apnea.  He lives in Chapel Hill, North
Carolina, U.S.A and wanted to know if there are any
acupuncturists in the Durham/Chapel Hill area who have
experience treating sleep apnea with acupuncture.

Of course, any treatment pearls from others would be
welcome as well.

Here is the message from my friend:

> I have another question about acupuncture.  My
> brother-in-law, Sam,  has a major sleep disorder.  He
> remembers it starting around 4 years old; he is now
> in his early 40's.  His primary physician has known
> about it for years but recently has encouraged him to
> get tested at a Sleep Clinic.  Sam lives in Chapel
> Hill and had testing done recently at UNC's sleep
> clinic.  They tested his sleep while hooked up to
> electrodes to his brain and chest.  They found out
> that he partially stops breathing around 140
> times/night and had 8 episodes when he stopped
> breathing completely.  Sam said he has worse episodes
> that didn't occur during the testing period.

> The doctor reported that once in deep sleep, Sam
> moves to a waking state without going through other
> states of consciousness.  Apparently, this abrupt
> pattern confuses the brain and breathing stops.  They
> don't know why it happens and want to test him again
> to calibrate a breathing machine for him to use
> during the night and see if it helps.  His fear is
> dependence on the machine and since living alone he
> could die if anything went wrong with the machine.
> The doctor told him (Head of Neurology Dept at UNC)
> that if the machine was not calibrated right it could
> kill him.  He also feels this treatment at best fixes
> the symptoms but does not correct the problem.

> Sam has tried his best to study this during his life.
> He feels he goes through Bardo-like states (as
> described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead) because
> his body thinks it is dying.  He not only wakes up
> without being able to breathe, but is terrified with
> this experience of  nightmare-like states.  He is
> considering acupuncture vs the breathing machine.  Do
> you think this can be helpful?  If so, can you
> recommend anyone in the Durham/Chapel Hill area for
> him?

                  O
Cheers!             o
             _\_   o
          \\/  o\ .
Matthew   //\___=
             ''
--
"I have always been
and still am a seeker,
but I no longer do my seeking
among the stars or in books.
I am beginning to hear the lessons
which whisper in my blood."
  -- Hermann Hesse


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