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CPAP & chest pain
11-27-2013, 08:07 AM
Well, if you have an AHI of 17 with the machine, then your problem is the machine is not doing the job, which could well explain the chest pain. Resmed users may and should correct me, since I do not know the Resmed display, but you should be looking for an AHI of 5 or less if your therapy is to be effective, and the chest pain may well be your chest muscles struggling to compensate for your events. In which case, you don't need a pulmonologist, you need to bring your results in to your sleep doc and get the machine adjusted.
11-27-2013, 08:14 AM
What type exactly is your S9? Is it an elite, auto set, etc.? Are you using the ramp feature so your pressure increases gradually depending on how it is set up?
Just a few things that would be helpful to know. I am sure others will have some more thoughts on this.
11-27-2013, 09:07 AM
"My unit is the ResMed S9 Auto-Set. The EPR setting is at "full time" and the EPR level is set to "2.""
Also, I have the H5i humidifier and it is set to 2.
11-27-2013, 09:42 AM
what pressure setting did they have it set after your sleep study before changing it to 15?
Can you ramp it for more than 20 minutes and see if that helps you and maybe start your minimum pressure a little higher than 5?
just a few thoughts
11-27-2013, 11:57 AM
It would help you to download the Sleepyhead software. To analyze your data. It will tell you what is going on and when. Any adjustments you make without looking at the data first is like a turkey shoot with a blindfold.
There are lots of educational items in the wiki on this site.
If you are not a computer nerd your grand kids would probably enjoy helping you. I know my oldest grandson, now 25, was offering to teach anyone with a computer when he was 4.
11-27-2013, 04:48 PM
11-27-2013, 05:00 PM
If you do not want to use the software, you can press and hold the two silver buttons (one has what looks like two check marks, the other has an "i").
On that screen the first tab is the "Sleep Quality".
Turn the knob to the second tab to the "Sleep Report".
Tap the button on the knob. This switches the focus from the tabs to the menu inside the tab. As long as the top line says "1 day", this will work for you.
Turn the knob to scroll down the menu.
Below "leak" will be the information for the breakdown of the AHI. That will be the numbers you need to know.
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03-05-2017, 10:43 PM
I have pains in my ribs on my left side which is the side insleep on all night. I believe it may be gas but my question is why would CPAP cause that? And my back hurts also and have puffy eyes.
03-06-2017, 12:41 AM (This post was last modified: 03-06-2017, 12:42 AM by Beej. Edited 1 time in total.)
It could be aerophagia - the air going into your stomach rather than only into your lungs.
Just in case, you might want to discuss this left side pain with your doc to rule out other causes.
Please organize your SleeyHead screenshots like this.
I'm an epidemiologist, not a medical provider.
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