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(06-04-2016 02:06 PM)bigcat Wrote:  its kinda funny when someone posts something and I am like oh thank god its not just me so this must be normal,thank god for the forum and the great people on it


I know, right???? Love this forum and everyone's help!!! like
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(06-04-2016 07:46 AM)richb Wrote:  Install the Sleepyhead software. Share some screen shots of your nights therapy session. Then we can get an idea of what is causing your problems. There may be more settings involved in your therapy than just a straight 8 cm H20 pressure. You may have a much higher max setting causing you to swallow air. We would really like to help but we need more data.

Rich


Here is screen shot of the stats..........
06-04-2016 03:12 PM
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Post: #13
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I don't see the screenshot.

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Apnea Board Member RobySue has posted a Beginners Guide to Sleepyhead Software here: http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...SleepyHead
06-04-2016 04:08 PM
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Post: #14
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(06-04-2016 01:02 PM)wubisnotanabbreviation Wrote:  I'm about a month in, and I understand just what you are saying. HANG IN THERE! It does get better.

I was in complete denial about having apnea, but the first night of my study, I was clocked at an AHI of 43. So safe to say I do. But I slept like, uh, well that first night was terrible. They decided that I needed a second night to "titrate bipap" which meant nothing to me. I went home after the second night feeling kinda OK but expecting to take a nap, as usual. But as the day wore on I realized that I felt pretty darn good, in fact that had been the best I had slept for decades. I was an extremely impatient patient waiting two weeks for my equipment to be available.

The first night I had my own machine I really expected my world to change, but no dice. My AHI the first night was over 8, and I really needed a nap that afternoon. I messed with the humidity settings on my machine, but am holding off changing my pressures until after my follow up with my doctor. My numbers have dropped week by week, but a very good night will often be followed by a very crappy night. And although I have yet to wake up in the morning ready to conquer the world, I do feel a lot more energetic. And I have stopped taking naps altogether. My cardiologist had already made me give up caffeine - no coffee or tea. At least I still have chocolate!

Unfortunately I have also essentially stopped drinking alcohol as well. I was not a big drinker anyway: I like a glass of wine in the evening - maybe 5 or so times a week. But monitoring my progress with SleepyHead has made it very clear that if I do drink any alcohol after dinner, it shows up in my CA events. I have central apnea - no real obstructive events at all, unless my allergies are acting up. Since my primary issue is not initiating breathing, it is not too surprising that depressants make that even worse.

Anyway, the last few nights I have finally seen numbers below 1.0! But, of course, last night was 4.29. Oh well. But I'm sure I'll get back below 1 in the next night or two, and my weekly average continues to decline.

If you read all the way to here I'd just like to repeat that you will see progress. There may have to be changes in how you set your machine, or in some of your favorite habits, but I'm sure you'll get there.

Hi wubisnotanabbreviation,

A few Centrals showing up when on CPAP is not really Central Apnea. But you still may want to follow up on your treatment. If, as you say, you have Central Apnea, you may need an ASV machine to treat it. Start a new thread and a new conversation about your possible Central Apnea. You will find the subject very interesting.

Rich

Apnea Board Member RobySue has posted a Beginners Guide to Sleepyhead Software here: http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...SleepyHead
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(06-04-2016 04:08 PM)richb Wrote:  I don't see the screenshot.

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06-04-2016 05:26 PM
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Post: #16
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Your stats look excellent to me, aside from the leaks. (% of time above leak rate threshold 12.34% & 20.79%).

I can't tell how far above the leak threshold you were from that page.

Were you aware of mask leaks during the therapy?

I think you said that you downloaded SleepyHead, right? You will be able to see the times that the leaks occurred on the events graph and also on the leaks graph in the "Daily" section.

The only other comment I have is that I think you have a ramp setting of 4.0, is that correct? Are you able to breathe comfortably when you first turn on the machine? Lots of people feel like they aren't getting enough air at 4.0 cm. If you feel that when you start the machine, you could increase the ramp start pressure from 4.0 to 5.0 or thereabouts.
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Post: #17
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green wings rightly points out your leak rate as something to look at. Your max pressure is quite low so I would be looking at your Full Face Mask to figure out why it is leaking. Mask issues are one of our most common problems. Are you pressing your pillow against the side of the mask and causing a leak? Are the straps adjusted properly?

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