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48 Hour Ambulatory EEG

Discussion in 'Diagnostic Guidelines and Laboratory Testing' started by jimells, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. jimells

    jimells Senior Member

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    A year ago my neuro wanted me to get an EEG. I said sure, why not? Then they sent me an appointment letter telling me I was supposed to stay awake the night before. I told them to forget it; their protocol would cause lots of harm, and really, just how likely is it that I have seizures that only show up during the sleep/wake transitions?

    Two months ago they finally followed up and said they would setup a regular EEG. Imagine my surprise when yesterday's letter was to schedule a 48 hour EEG. It sounds kinda interesting, except for the 21 (count 'em!) leads to be stuck to my head with nearly non-removable paste.

    Anybody here ever tried this test? Does it show anything remotely useful? Is is possible to actually sleep with all those wires? I did a mostly sleepless sleep study a few years ago. All that junk stuck all over me was pretty uncomfortable.
     
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    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    I have had all those leads stuck on for a sleep study (overnight in a hospital). 48 hours, at home, sounds better and yes, you might get something useful. You can sleep with the wires, but if you move much it gets into a tangle!

    Sushi
     
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    lnester7 Seven

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    I got it done, glue goes away easy with warm water. (I have issues leaving my arms up, and I could do it). Got nothing out of the EEG. The sleep study very usefull to treat stage 4 issues.
     
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    jimells Senior Member

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    I wonder how many different glues there are. Whatever was used for the sleep study took a few days to get all of it out.
     
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    Valentijn Activity Level: 3

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    My wires were taped down and tied up nicely everywhere, so tangling wasn't an issue. Clothing can get complicated though :p
     
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