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AHI Questions
#1
I was diagnosed with OSA in 2012, used my machine for 6 months or so and lost some weight and when the mask started leaking into my eye, I slept a few nights without it and was fine and never used it again. Fast forward, I've been really tired lately and got some new mask parts and decided to use my machine again.

Just read on here about the SleepyHead software and downloaded my data from last night.

My sleep study AHI was 22 and last night was 10. My wife said I rolled around a lot more and kicked her a few times but my snoring was almost complete gone (I had been banished to the couch for a few nights recently due to the snoring being so bad). I remember waking up more often and adjusting my mask but today I already feel less tired.

Does AHI improve with consistent usage of the CPAP therapy or is this about the best I can expect?

My AHI was broken into CA 6, OA 2 and HA 2. I was reading that the CAs may indicate the brain is not attempting to breath, should I be concerned with this number? I also don't remember what my breakdown of the AHI was from the sleep study.
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#2
CA of 6 is considered borderline for treatment, and how damaging it is depends on the duration of the events. Knowing your study numbers would be valuable, because it can tell us whether the CA is primary, or if it was pressure induced. If it is pressure induced, finding a fixed pressure and taking off EPR may alleviate it - but that is conjecture unless you post some graphs Smile
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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#3
Lempface, you can post Sleepyhead charts here, or at least link to them until you have 4 posts. My signature has information on how to organize and post the charts. You are having mixed apnea at this point, and we would need to see how those events correlate with machine pressure and other factors. Your settings are pretty wide-open, and given the nature of your mixed apnea, you're going to be better off in a narrow pressure range with minimal or no Flex.

We might as well try to optimize your current machine since your problem would require a complete set of studies, and potentially multiple studies to justify a bilevel ASV machine. Unless you have pretty good insurance, that may prove an expensive path.
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#4
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#5
Thanks for the replies all! I would be glad to post some graphs, which would be of interest and how zoomed in should they be?
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#6
see the top link in Sleeprider's siggy Smile
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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#7
(12-30-2016, 02:35 PM)DariaVader Wrote: see the top link in Sleeprider's siggy Smile

Oh shoot! Glanced right over that, I was looking for it on the imgur detailed page and thought... eh just missed it!
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#8
4th post filler....
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#9
Well done! Lolabove
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#10
I got an error that I couldn't post an image or link in this forum.
EDit: I just tried the attachment. Looks like that worked.


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