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westerneagle Offline

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2 months in - How do you tell.
I told my wife that there was no way in H... that I was going to wear a mask to bed....

Then after mentioning my apnea to some of my friends, i found that about half of them were doing cpap and loving it!!

Ok , I'll give it a try.

In the studies, I found out that I have Complex apnea...do you know what the difference is...about $3000. This machine cost more that my car!!

Anyway, I am not sure of any improvement yet.....I do get up earlier than I used to, but i think it is just so I can take the mask off! Ha!

My ahi was around the 30 in the study and now they range from 3 to 10. I think the average is around 6 right now.

So that is my question. Should I expect the ahi's to go to 1. Is that the only way you know that the whole process is working??

I have learned a lot just from reading all the post here, so thanks for all the input and fine information.

Mike
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09-21-2015 08:32 PM
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zonk Offline

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RE: 2 months in - How do you tell.
(09-21-2015 08:32 PM)westerneagle Wrote:  My ahi was around the 30 in the study and now they range from 3 to 10. I think the average is around 6 right now.

So that is my question. Should I expect the ahi's to go to 1. Is that the only way you know that the whole process is working??
Hello westerneagle and welcome
Not necessary 1, AHI around 5 is within normal range
Feeling better is another indicator, but normally, going to take some time

As for the dollars ... money is well spent
Best of luck
09-21-2015 08:53 PM
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justMongo Offline

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RE: 2 months in - How do you tell.
First, welcome to apneaboard.
Welcome

Complex apnea is a little difficult to treat; but you have a fine machine for treating it.
AHI going to one... possible, but shoot for less than 5.

Stay with the forum, read about what works; and give it time.
this forum is for education and individual empowerment.

Kindest Regards,

Mongo

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09-21-2015 08:55 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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RE: 2 months in - How do you tell.
Hi westerneagle,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Complex, or "Mixed" Sleep Apnea is when you have some Obstructive Sleep Apnea, (OSA,) and some Central Sleep Apnea, (CSA.)
Hang in there for more answers to your questions and much success to you with your CPAP therapy.

trish6hundred
09-21-2015 11:09 PM
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sonicboom Offline

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RE: 2 months in - How do you tell.
If you want to strive for even better results I suggest you download one of the data reading softwares (assuming your machine records data which I have no knowledge of), post some of your results, and then let the fine knowledgeable people on this forum go to work and help you with your settings.

Coffee
09-22-2015 12:02 PM
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westerneagle Offline

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Location: Arizona

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RE: 2 months in - How do you tell.
(09-22-2015 12:02 PM)sonicboom Wrote:  If you want to strive for even better results I suggest you download one of the data reading softwares (assuming your machine records data which I have no knowledge of), post some of your results, and then let the fine knowledgeable people on this forum go to work and help you with your settings.

That's my next project...thanks
09-22-2015 02:04 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 VPAP Adapt
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RE: 2 months in - How do you tell.
I had the same machine you do but we didn't get along. So I dumped it and got a Resmed S9 VPAP Adapt which I love and cherish. However, I was able to do that without a cost penalty, which might not be your situation.

The Respironics has a lot of tweaks and adjustments available, and getting these right can make a big difference to your therapy. If you haven't already done so, get hold of the clinical manual, available here: http://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-pr...tup-manual (Read the instructions carefully to ensure you get the right manual). That will explain some of the adjustments. And search this board for discussions specifically about your machine - you might pick up some tips to optimise your therapy.

Good luck - complex apnea is tricky and the machine is expensive. So give yourself every opportunity to understand and optimise the machine, which will give you unbroken refreshing sleep.

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09-22-2015 09:13 PM
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