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Hang in there for more suggestions and much success to you with your CPAP therapy.
Before you change anything -- I replied to you on Jason's forum that we need to know what kind of events are contributing to the higher AHI -- obstructive apnea, central ("clear airway") apnea, hypopnea, unknown apnea. Raising your pressure may or may not be the appropriate fix depending on what types of events predominate.
12-05-2015, 08:27 AM
(This post was last modified: 12-05-2015, 08:49 AM by OpalRose.)
He probably doesn't have access to that information as far as a breakdown of AHI.
And yes, I agree we shouldn't change pressures without something to go on, but a starting pressure of 4 is too low.
There is no software currently available to use with the DreamStation, although I don't use a DreamStation, I doubt this information is displayed on the machine itself except for basic info like AHI and 90% pressure.
The only option I can suggest is to use the Phillips Respironics Dream Mapper that should have come with your machine. I'm not sure that will give your a breakdown either.
You stated earlier that you bought the machine yourself and that the sleep clinic wasn't helping......
But I would ask the sleep clinic for a copy of your sleep report and perscription.
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12-05-2015, 01:08 PM
(This post was last modified: 12-05-2015, 01:08 PM by pwgphoto.)
If you are using the DreamMapper software to get your AHI#'s there was some kind of change to the app a few weeks ago, at least for me and my DreamStation. My DreamMapper numbers were always at least half of what my machine LCD screen would tell me. Then a few weeks ago they started matching the machine LCD. I discovered that the app was not reading my Hypopneas and it was throwing off my app AHI number. I thought it was weird that I never had any Hypopneas and now I know why.
Thank you all for your comments and suggestions.
I have the APAP DreamStation.
It shows no leaks and the DreamWear is good about not leaking. I keep on switching between the medium and large nose piece to see if that changes anything, but it really doesn't.
The SleepMapper software shows:
Two Nights ago:
Total Central Apneas 13
Total Obstructive Apneas 21
Total Hypopneas 40
Then a week ago it showed:
Total Central Apneas 4
Total Obstructive Apneas 6
Total Hypopneas 11
It's set to the out-of-the-box setting of 4-20. I put AFlex on to 1 at the beginning because the pressure seemed too high.
I had a sleep study done. When they gave me the test machine for a week after my results, it was set to 4-20.
My sleep study showed:
Overall AHI: 18.6
Supine AHI: 38
Non-Supine AHI: 5.1
Epworth Sleepiness Scale 0.
Not sure what else I should be looking at, since I didn't really get a report from them (Kaiser Permanente), just a letter with some stats so that I could order the machine on my own.