Been using the S10 for her for about 4 months now. I see a dramatic correlation between my use of Percocet (pain killer and also a CNS depressant) and the amount of CA's.
After 3 months, it looks like OA's are in the single digits. When I do NOT take Percocet, CA's are between 0 and 3. When I take Percocet, I see CA's up in the 20+ range.
I find this logical but I am wondering if there is a REAL danger.
I hate taking the Percocet but it is the only pain killer that works for me but sometimes I can go 2-3 weeks without needing any and I see the CA's drop to zero.
Am I causing some REAL and SIGNIFICANT problem using Percocet when I see this correlation?
Do you mean you see a total count of 20 or a CI of 20? If the total count is 20, as in you have 20 events all night, no, you're not doing any harm.
If the CI (central index) is 20, as in you had 20 events an hour during the night, then that's a lot. However, my bet is without the pain aid, your sleep would have been even worse.
I take Vicodin and have chronic pain so I understand your situation. I would say you are not harming yourself at all when you take it. The relief from the pain from the occasional use far outweighs the central events. If you had to use the medication on a regular basis, then it would be more of an issue.
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Paula - thank you
I just checked the numbers from the ResMed software and am confused.
On the last night I used Percocet;
It says Apnea Index: 22.4
% Time in CSR 38.5
I have NEVER seen numbers this high.