Hmm this thread is interesting to me due to my situation. I was diagnosed with mild/mod sleep apnea by sleep study (original AHI 10) and prescribed a pressure of 6-16 for the first month in order to get an idea where my pressures sat to narrow down a range/set pressure.
At first everything was going swimmingly with a low AHI (0.4-0.6) and no real problems but as the weeks have gone on (I'm about 6 weeks in) I have noticed discomfort in my chest like I am working hard to breathe (even during the day) and gassiness. I also have had issues with the pressure shooting up and the mask leaking some nights and waking me up.
I tried setting my pressure 4-4 and I found it really comfortable and my AHI stayed exactly the same 0.4 for the week I have been using this setting.
I guess this shows that the pressure of 4 can treat some peoples OSA. I expected to have my events increased when I dropped it, I just wanted to see if my discomfort disappeared. either that, or I have been misdiagnosed :-).
11-29-2014, 09:29 AM
(This post was last modified: 11-29-2014, 09:31 AM by surferdude2.)
abagail_32, It would be important to check the graphs on your SH software readout, especially the one titled "Flow Limit.". If your flow limitations are minimal (less than .15 possibly), your apnea events could very well be handled by the reduced pressure. That's conjecture and nobody can say for certain without having more data, such as all the SH graphs.
If you want a better opinion, start a new thread of your own and post your current SH results. It would also help to see earlier SH results for comparison, especially of a night when you stated that the pressure increased to the point of mask leakage. That occurrence might be significant when viewed in comparison with flow limitations..