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Affordable recording oximeter
#11
Thanks Paula.

I knew what it was, vaguely but had not had time to look into it further but yes, I am pretty sure I have one on my finger during the sleep tests but never any other time.

Someone here had mentioned my getting one in the past, that it was useful to have and i think i will.

I just saw this line "but I am sure it hasn't been cured and have no interest in getting another sleep study done." and interpreted it as meaning he wanted to test himself....

Thanks both for the info
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#12
Umm - I suppose one could set their machine to it's very lowest settings, and then see how bad things get? Still would not be completely accurate as you are still getting *some* benefit. But by doing so with mine, and getting a repeatable AHI in the +70s - it's rather plain to see that I need my machine Smile
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#13
Wow Peter, that's pretty impressive! I don't think I could get to sleep with mine on the lowest settings, I've actually tried setting it lower than 7 or so and it just doesn't feel like I'm getting enough air.
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#14
I was 'toying' with camping without my dream machine - so I did this as a test - it taught me alright.
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#15
One of the first times I was using the oximeter, I woke and one of the dogs was being extra cute. I took off my mask but not the oximeter. I started petting him and dangit, fell back asleep! I only slept about half an hour or less I think but that data was enough to tell me that I love my CPAP. I love my CPAP. I love my CPAP!

Oximeter data prior to removing the mask was fine. After taking off the mask? Totally different story. I can't remember the exact numbers but it was pretty awesome in a frightening kind of way.
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#16
Oh, and some links for you:
Using the SpO2 software - http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...2_software
Importing 50D+ into SH - http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...SleepyHead
(I've never been successful with that)
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#17

I have been using a CMS50d for some time. The recorded results are then downloaded to my PC.
It's good! Synchronising with my CPAP results from SH is tedious, but possible. The user and software instructions are poor bur can be decoded with patience. My son purchased mine from China. Delivery was fast, 2 or 3 days. Price was better than any offered here. Well worth the investment.
Hope these short comments are useful.
Sleep-wellSleep-well
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#18
The oximeter is useful, but some people with severe apnea don't show a drop in O2 levels. They wake up enough to start breathing again, but the poor sleep and stress are still harmful.
Get the free SleepyHead software here.
Useful links.
Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
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#19
Knowing your O2 levels is basically another step. Some have an issue, and some do not. If you do not, that only means your body's survival instincts are working really well - not that you are getting good sleep.

Using myself as an example, during a severe uncontrolled event, my O2 will (sadly) often drop to the low 60s before I wake myself enough - which is why they (all my Drs) think the heart damage happened due to OSA. Even on a rare (less than 5) good AHI night, I will still have 2-3 minutes that my O2 drops below the magic 88% mark.

If one were to sleep without their machine, and not have any major O2 drops - that *is* a good thing, but it only means you have one less issue, not that your OSA is any less severe.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional.  My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

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(07-02-2014, 12:47 AM)archangle Wrote: The oximeter is useful, but some people with severe apnea don't show a drop in O2 levels. They wake up enough to start breathing again, but the poor sleep and stress are still harmful.

That's a good point. I will dig up my sleep studies and look at my O2 graphs, but I think mine dropped frequently although luckily not very much.
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