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Leg spasms @ night & w/ asthma exacer. 2 sleep studies: ob. Apnea, no drop in 02. Would like to get oximeter for sleep@home. Can dr help me get one?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Not needed...

A pulse oximeter does not tell the whole story.
It merely tells you what your oxygen level is but, if it is abnormal, it doesn't tell you the reason for the abnormality. The sleep studies that you had are much more sensitive and specific for diagnosing sleep apnea and a host of other sleep abnormalities. If your doctor wants an overnight pulse ox, he/she can order it w/o you buying any equipment.

In brief: Not needed...

A pulse oximeter does not tell the whole story.
It merely tells you what your oxygen level is but, if it is abnormal, it doesn't tell you the reason for the abnormality. The sleep studies that you had are much more sensitive and specific for diagnosing sleep apnea and a host of other sleep abnormalities. If your doctor wants an overnight pulse ox, he/she can order it w/o you buying any equipment.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Paul Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Leg cramps

A doctor can certainly prescribe an oximeter to record your pao2 at night.
However, your leg cramps may be due to other factors such as decreased potassium due to increased use of your rescue inhaler. Address these questions with your doctor. Your asthma may need a better controller medication.

In brief: Leg cramps

A doctor can certainly prescribe an oximeter to record your pao2 at night.
However, your leg cramps may be due to other factors such as decreased potassium due to increased use of your rescue inhaler. Address these questions with your doctor. Your asthma may need a better controller medication.
Dr. Paul Carter
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