Re: Any CPAP Users Out There?
Thought I'd revive this thread with some updates on me. I said earlier I was going to try my CPAP again and I did but again it made no difference so I basically quit. When I initially had my sleep test done, it was just the first test with no titration test. My GP set the pressure. (I think it was 11).
This time around (maybe 8 years later), the GP says let's do another study. We did a home study, it confirmed the apnea again, and my GP (this time the PA) set the pressure to 12.
Got a newer machine and a full face mask... tried it for 3 weeks without feeling much difference, and then took the card in to be read by my DME company. The tech says I have Central Sleep Apnea in addition to the Obstructive apnea and the machine I have doesn't treat CSA. So at that I point I'm feeling we found out the problem.... it wasn't treating my CSA.
She suggests we get another sleep study at a clinic and not in-home. So it gets set up, and a couple days later I get some snail mail saying we've sent the results to your GP. In addition is a note from the sleep doc saying you should go on Oxygen till my GP decides on next step. The Oxygen was brought up a couple time before and shot down. At the bottom of that note is a paragraph saying "if you want you can set up an appointment with the sleep doctor". I think I want the sleep doc doing my diagnosis not my GP.
I have the appt, and the sleep doc says I have no Central Sleep Apnea. (so much for my cure). But he gave me the numbers on my apnea and some are bad. The highest one I remember was when I was in REM I had over 100 apneas in a hour. An apnea has to be at least 10 seconds to be recorded.
I'm finally getting a titration study on 5 August. The doc thinks we'll nail down the right pressure. We are holding off on the oxygen for now. He kind of implied my GP and PA were pulling the pressure out of an orifice on their body.
So...maybe in 10 days or so I'll have some improvement....