Here are my Doppler test results:
“DOPPLER PERIPHERAL VENOUS BILATERAL:
The examination of both internal jugular veins demonstrates normal venous flow characteristics in the right jugular vein and diminished respiratory phasicity in the left internal jugular vein without findings of reflux or occlusion.
The examination of the vertebral veins demonstrates sustained end-expiratory reflux in the left mid-vertebral vein in the supine position with normal venous flow characteristics in the right vertebral vein in the supine position and normal emptying of both vertebral veins in the upright position.”
The technician played back the images recorded and I viewed the test on the monitor (they also burned it on a CD for me). The vein that was to appear as ‘blue’ appeared as ‘red’ almost 80% of the time in the supine position, and steady blue when I was sitting up. We did not test at an inclined position.
It was my suggestion that I sleep sitting up and the technician thought it wouldn't hurt to try.
I slept last evening on my back about 90% reclined on a ‘Wall-Away’ La-Z-Boy that inclines virtually horizontal. My symptoms this morning were good, so I will continue with this for a few weeks.