With regards to VA rating schedule terminology, is APAP the same as CPAP? I know the machine does the same thing, but since it's called a different name I was hoping to avoid any pitfalls, should I file in the future.
I had my sleep study last night in Omaha. I dropped off about 2300 and drifted until 0020 when they checked on me. I changed position, then at 130 they woke me up and said they had seen all they needed to see. My polysomnograph showed almost a solid red line between 0030 and 0130 when they woke me up, and unhooked me from the monitors. They then hooked me up to a CPAP in the room. They sent me home with my own, though, an Resmed S9 Autopap.
I asked the sleep PA today about cause and etiology, and he said that I don't have a genetic disposition for it, and my overbite is very slight, so that its probably not that specifically. I told him that I take gabapentin, hydrocodone, and meloxicam for pain, and zoloft for depression due to chronic pain, and tensapam (for sleep). He said that narcotics make it worse, so be careful, and that my weight contributes, obviously, but there doesn't look to be an obstruction. I said that I had been stuck at my current weight despite diet changes and exercise for a year, and there are no blood or thyroid issues going on.
So, if I file in the future, id be claiming it secondary to chronic pain/depression, and the medications for both. I have not read the doctor's report, though, so Im holding off to see what they say.