04-10-2015, 01:39 PM
(This post was last modified: 04-10-2015, 01:40 PM by randeh.)
I received my Air Curve ASV on Monday for central apnea. This is the first time having any type of device. I have been swallowing a lot of air to the point of waking up in pain. Also my lungs expand quite excessively and have some discomfort. I think my EPAP max is to high so I thought I would lower my Max EPAP from 15 to 14, and PS max from 15 to 14 to start with.
I have tried using a full mask and nasal mask and pretty much have the same results.
My prescription is:
Max IPAP 25
Min EPAP 10
Max EPAP 15
PS Min 4
PS Max 15
I am waiting for a referral for a new sleep doctor because of all the delays I experienced because of my doctor's staff. It took over three months to have the testing and get the equipment. I do not have a copy of my sleep study yet because the doctor issued the prescription without even meeting with me. In your opinion would lowering the values from 15 to 14 make that big of a difference or should I start off lower.
You may experience that with an ASV. If you fail to inhale at a time the machine expects, it will "pump" air into your lungs to noninvasively ventilate you.
That will stretch the intracostal muscles and make one sore.
ASVs are complex, and I would advise you to not mess with it. You should demand a copy of the sleep study report; and the prescription.
If they balk -- write them up on Yelp and healthgrades.
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Actually they must provide you with a copy of your prescription and test results if you request it. So do that.
I see you have installed Sleepyhead. What is it reporting as to how you're doing? AHI? OA's? CA's pressure readings?
It is important to know where you have been (as per the sleep study reports) but probably more important to know where you are.