11-11-2014, 06:58 PM
(This post was last modified: 11-11-2014, 07:00 PM by retired_guy.)
I don't see anything in those numbers that would make me say you have "moderate" osa. But sometimes the numbers do not contain all the answers. So let's look to the symptoms. What about snoring? Have the neighbors constructed a sound-proof wall between your houses, and they live a quarter of a mile away? Do your cats move out at night preferring to live at the train station?
Then there's daytime sleepiness. Do you find yourself waking up in a cow pasture just south of Lincoln Nebraska when your original destination was your office in Atlanta? Do your fellow workers make caustic comments about the corn flakes on your nose where you didn't get them all washed off after falling into your breakfast?
Sometimes the apnea therapy is as much about improving quality of sleep, hence quality of life as it is about stopping any specific obstructive apnea.
But I'm suspicious with the numbers you post. So more information would be helpful please.
lvillanueva5, The ultimate question is; "Do you feel better when you wake up?"
I'm envious of your numbers. I'm down to a AHI of 2.8 and walking around like it's a birthday.
LV, it could be that rather than a "pure" apnea, you're more in the upper airway resistive syndrome (UARS) category like me.
In my study, I only had an AHI of 6 which would have placed me in a very mild apnea category. My RDI, on the other hand, was over 50 and considered severe. The issue is that when my airway collapsed (i.e. for an apnea event), my brain was waking up too quickly for it to score the drop in blood oxygen saturation associated with a "real" apnea event....still felt like crap in the morning from not sleeping, but not getting the AHI numbers that would traditionally explain it.
UARS is a form of obstructive sleep breathing, like apneas, but not all docs will diagnose UARS....they just lump it all into OSA and be done with it. An RDI of 18 with an AHI of 1.5, to me at least, suggests moderate UARS, which is real and just as much an issue as OSA. Sure, you don't have an 18 AHI...but for what an RDI of 18 does to your sleep, you may as well have...at its most simple level, the differences are the length of events and what's happening to your blood O2 levels.