(04-01-2015, 12:24 PM)Sleepster Wrote:
(04-01-2015, 08:44 AM)clovett Wrote: Then I get a call from my Dr saying that he wants to look over the data collected in the first month and recommend a pressure setting.
I would make that appointment. He may be able to advise you about the pressure range. There's a lot more to it than just letting the machine pick the right pressure for you.
I agree with this completely. But do not be surprised if the doc uses the same workflow as those here on the forum do, which is to start for 30 days or more at wide open (5-20 or so) and then narrow the range based on the history of what the xPAP does in response to the patient. Or, they make adjustments based on another PSG study.
But the issue there is that while the data is more prolific, it is based on 5 or fewer hours of the patient in a foreign sleep environment, while machine data can be 8 hours times the number of days in the actual sleep environment, so the average of aggregate data can actually be much more accurate than the PSG.
It is true that the doc will know much more than anyone here, so yes, go see what they say. The ironic part is that they do not use what they know effectively, because as a patient you may be significantly more motivated to get the pressure right.
And you can do that. Get SleepyHead or something similar, and track what the APAP machine does. Once you understand how things work, you can use that info to narrow the range. While you may not know as much as the doc, you will know far more about your particular situation than they will.
For instance, if I followed my docs recommendations to the letter, my AHI would still be close to 3. But since I tinkered based on informed info, it has been averaging 1.5 for the last 100 days.