(10-05-2015, 01:17 AM)Hanrahan Wrote: I apologise for going off on tangents but I am primarily an insomniac with apnea as a complicating factor so I am looking at things differently than many of you.
Actually, no, not really. A lot of us have both. We are soooo lucky, huh?
Quote:It is a few months now I have been using my machine but with a little less than total dedication because, so far, the results have been disappointing. I am finding however that my hypertension is coming under control. It was never real bad and the drugs caused a couple of hypotension episodes until I woke up and reduced them by over 50%. I'm reducing them further now.
Is this coincidence or cause and effect? I would like to think that I am feeling better and being more active though I doubt it, but it is my goal.
Yes, sleep apnea causes hypertension. It is well known the two are linked. The fact your blood pressure is decreasing with your use of the CPAP is not surprising. Congrats! What is happening is you are getting more oxygen into your blood system so your heart is having to work less hard to do its job. Other organs are also happier.
Your pessimism, however, could use some work. Look at the CPAP as a medication. Do you view the data? What is your AHI, leak rate, etc? Don't just hook yourself up and not do anything else. Study it. Take the data apart. Grasp it by the horns and make it your own!
Just like most medications, CPAP is not an instant cure. It can take time for your body to recover. Sometimes it is the mask that needs adjusted or changed. Sometimes it is the pressure. Sometimes it is sleep habits. Sometimes it is all of the above. Just like with medications, it needs monitoring.
Tell us why you are having disappointing results. We can try to help.