Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

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From the old Placebo Journal (2001-2011). RIP.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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2 Responses

  1. John Parkin M.D. says:

    The sleep study/CPAP deal is the biggest racket going. Why even bother with the sleep lab when everybody gets CPAP anyway ?

    • Kurt says:

      Sometimes the just snore loudly and don’t obstruct or they have RLS that affects them. I had a type one diabetic that had crummy A1C’s who got up at nite to eat. She wasn’t obese but the sugars, even while on a pump, were haywire. She conceded to feeling tired and had “bad” RLS that got her up at night to eat ’cause she didn’t have anything else to do. Actually she said she kicked a lot.
      Didn’t want to do a sleep study but ropinirole was a miracle cure with a good nite’s rest and plummeting A1C’s. I’ve had people who I swore had apnea but the study was negative.
      The latest “requirement” some insurers are foisting is home sleep studies that are read by the pulmonologist and if positive they get an auto CPAP device. We’ll see how that goes. Usually I’ve seen the auto device gets the pressure so high if they get up to go potty, they can’t stand to wear it when they get back to bed.

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