(02-03-2015, 05:23 PM)clrapstad Wrote: I just had a sleep study done on Sunday night and at 1:30 am they came in and started CPAP. I had had an overnight pulse ox prior and it came back that I was below 90% 80 percent of the night and dropping down to 75% at times so based on what I know I will be getting a cpap just don't know how quickly it will all go forward.
I have cough variant asthma so I am not sure how that will all come into play during my adjustment to the cpap, I know I air trap so I am a little worried that the air pushing in when I am trying to exhale is a little worrisome.
Most of the machines being used now have the option of a reduced exhale pressure. I understand your concern because with your issue as with mine, the real problem is the ability to exhale. I have "severe" (I don't know why they keep calling it severe, but it seems to make them happy.) emphysema. When I got my machine I set it up with the EPR (Expiration pressure relief) turned off, and I seemed to do fine. But then one day Paula said something that made me think I should try the EPR and it made a lot of difference. So in my case, inhalation pressure is normally around 11 or 12, and exhale pressure drops to 8 or 9.
The other thing that I discovered quickly with my therapy is my O2 level perks along all night at 93 or 94, which for me is way good. That's better than it usually does during the day. So I'm good with that.
(02-03-2015, 05:23 PM)clrapstad Wrote: I actually did fairly good on the cpap at the lab and it was a full face mask, I know I need more humidity in it when I mouth breath because I spent part of my time trying to moisten my mouth.
I am hoping to get an auto machine but it looks like my insurance will make me go with a standard cpap first.
Your insurance company does not get to say whether or not you get an automatic machine. You and your doctor do that. It is really important at this point to make sure your doc prescribes a fully functional automatic machine. You don't get do-overs for something like 5 years.
So ask for a copy of the prescription, and ask the doc straight up if he/she would prescribe either the new Resmed A10 for Her machine, or the S9 Autoset.
As to the mask, I used to think I could only use a full face mask because of not breathing through my nose all that great, and because with the emphysema I huff and puff a lot through my mouth. But that's really not true. Moving to a pillows mask was the best thing I have done. So think on that.
Good luck Cindy, and keep us posted as to your progress.