(08-18-2016, 07:42 AM)Millie Wrote: I'm new! Just last week I realized I have low daytime oxygen levels after accidentally stumbling upon this board and quickly ordered a cms50 plus. My sleep reports are not good.
I'm thinking I need more so I'm trying to learn really fast as I have appt. with a different dr tomorrow and might be able to get a prescription based on my reports. I'm hoping to avoid a lab sleep study due to health issues but I will do what is necessary as I can see now that low oxygen may explain why I've been able to heal.
Does anyone else deal with chemical sensitivities? I'm worried about plastics and especially vinyl. Thank you!
Ok. I can't get the image of my report to attach. Can I attach a pdf? I spent 27.9 minutes <88% last night. Avg. Low 85.5%. My basal spo2% is 91.7. Index per hour 20.8. I'll keep trying to get my report posted.
Welcome to the forum.
1-First you must be conservative about your CMS-50D+. I got one like yours, but they are low cost equipment with a big absolute error: 2- 4%. They say they are calibrated, but you must check the calibration if you get a sleep study in a clinic, or use what ever method is at your reach.
2-You can go for a home sleep study that is not as invasive as the in lab sleep study. I made the home study and when I went to the lab to make the more serious study and they put in my head, chest, finger a lot of paraphernalia I could not take it and after 1 hour trying in vane to sleep I quit. Anyway, They charged the insurance. I got the CPAP only with the home study. Never did the clinic study. (never will).
If you do the home study use the Oximeter supplied in one hand and your Oximeter in the other and write down the beginning of the study because the CMS -50D+ doesn't record the real time. You can ask for a copy of your home study and compare your reading with the reading of the more professional equipment.
3-About the mask: they are usually made out off silicon. I got trouble with mine until I learned how to cope with the hygiene, the amount of leak, how tight it must be and the sore in my skin. I was lucky because I am using the first one that they gave me. Usually you got 30 days to test is the supplied mask is good for you.
4-Apart from the results from the Oximeter, What really define your health before an sleep study is :
-How many hours do you sleep a day?
-Do you feel tired after one night sleep?
-Do you feel sleepy during day hours?
-Are you short of breath ?
Any way, for a peace of mind, I think that you must go, at least, for the home study.