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[CPAP] stuggling
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Surprised 
I have been on cpap for 7 months now.  I use a transend auto and I seem to be getting worse.  I only sleep for 30 minutes to 2 hours at a time for some reason.  I am exhausted and am waking up in general pain.  My athletic performance is down.  I have slept like the dead all my life.  I am also in menopause.  My leak rate is good and I think my nasal pillows are helping.  NO more high blood pressure of waking with my heart thumping.  Any one else have the troubles I'm having?  I was not diagnosed with a sleep study just an oxygen saturation test. I'm 5'2" and 149 lbs 
Average Leak: 9.95 (L/min)
Median Leak: 9.00 (L/min)
90 Percentile Leak: 13.00 (L/min)
95 Percentile Leak: 15.00 (L/min)
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Menopause can certainly cause such problems, but the fact that you are waking up in pain may indicate something else is going on that has nothing to do with sleep apnea. My suggestion is to see your doctor and maybe get referred to a rheumatologist. Made a HUGE difference for my Mom because it turned out she had a muscle infection. She really resisted going to the doctor fearing a much worse problem, but nope.
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Hello Tina

I slept like that for years, started cpap and it raised my oxygen level some. Had surgery to remove some of the parts that were causing the worst pain and reduced the pain drugs. After healing for 4 months I began to see my sleep time improve. I should have addressed the pain sooner.

Can you download Sleepyhead and try it. It will tell you much more information.

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(02-12-2017, 12:11 PM)Tina Hill Wrote: I have been on cpap for 7 months now.  I use a transend auto and I seem to be getting worse.  I only sleep for 30 minutes to 2 hours at a time for some reason.  I am exhausted and am waking up in general pain.  My athletic performance is down.  I have slept like the dead all my life.  I am also in menopause.  My leak rate is good and I think my nasal pillows are helping.  NO more high blood pressure of waking with my heart thumping.  Any one else have the troubles I'm having?  I was not diagnosed with a sleep study just an oxygen saturation test. I'm 5'2" and 149 lbs 
Average Leak: 9.95 (L/min)
Median Leak: 9.00 (L/min)
90 Percentile Leak: 13.00 (L/min)
95 Percentile Leak: 15.00 (L/min)
 I can't help with waking up with pain, because I have some of the same issues which I am in the process of trying to narrow down why.
Your leak rates look fine, but I see your using the default pressure setting of 4-20.  A minimum pressure of 4 can cause you to feel air starved.  Although you don't mention this, you may feel more comfy by upping the minimum pressure to 6cm. 
What is your AHI reading?
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#5
Hi Tina Hill,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
You should talk to your doc about the problems you are having.
I'm not sure if SleepyHead will work with your machine, I think you can get data-management software for your brand of machine but hang in there for more ideas, 2 heads are better than one.
I wish you good luck with your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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#6
Hi Tina...
Do you have any restless leg syndrome symptoms? 
Iron deficiency is one of the factors with this. My wife suffers bad from this and it is terrible. She seldom can get a complete night of sleep.
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