HISTORY: I went to pulmonologist because of some minor shortness of breath on exertion. I have never been excessively fatigued or shown signs of sleepless during the day. I recently drove 600-700 miles per day on 3600 mile road trip over two weeks. No sleepless. I retire around 10-11Pm and getup at 6-6:30 daily. Feal rested and relaxed. At pulmonologist office my wife indicated that I tossed and turned a lot and seemed to stop breathing for a moment. At 75, get up approximately 2 times a night for bathroom calls. Doctor ordered sleep study.
I had a sleep study in Jan 2016. The study was a "split" between diagnostic and titration. During diagnostic my AHI=83 during titration AHI =29. Titration used the same CPAP equipment I current use. Both sessions were conducted supine with 0 leg movement (by direction of tech). Max pressure achieved in titration was 15. The mask leaked everywhere and was to narrow to fully cover the mouth (mouth breather). No mask adjustments were made by the tech after initial fitting. Lab data indicates 0 events at 12 & 13, 2 events at 14, and 0 at 15. More at pressure lower than 12. Note: I am a mouth breather and sleep on my side.
Just completed first 8 days of CPAP use on Feb 16, 2016. AHI < 6 for all 8 days. Pressure set 15-20. Everything "auto". I am now very fatigued during the day. Mask leak issue and extreme dry mouth seem to wake me often during the night. My question, since the AHI <6, does that indicate the CPAP is doing the job and keeping my events low. Why does the events drop from 29 at the lab to < 6 from the get-go using the same setup as the lab test - more side sleeping however?
Thanks for your answer for a new user.
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(02-16-2016, 11:32 AM)Ed1101 Wrote: Why does the events drop from 29 at the lab to < 6 from the get-go using the same setup as the lab test - more side sleeping however?
You now run 15 to 20 auto. I'd bet you are getting more positive pressure when needed. Plus, side sleeping does help most people -- like me.
You should download the software and track your progress. Look at the events, flow, pressure, and leaks graphs; you'll see what's going on.
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