I had posted before that I an a newbie and do not yet have the software. I sent an email to my Nurse Practitioner about my unresponsive high AHIs - She downloaded my data on her end and is telling me that I have periodic breathing and Cheyne-Stokes.
Can anyone help me with what this all means?
In my original study I had 19 ahi (over 30 during REM) and all were obstructive and 1 central. During my titration study I did not sleep much but was having hypopneas that were not corrected by increase in pressure. Started on fixed 8, then switched to flex 8-14, with no change, still having AHI of 10-30
I'm scared and clueless. Have to go in for another sleep study.
It's OK to be scared; just don't be afraid (paraphrasing Steve McQueen in The Reivers). Scared is good, because it motivates you to keep coming here for answers, and to do what the sleep doc is suggesting.
And once you get answers, no more clueless (I loved that movie too).
Basically, this means you do not have a classic version of OSA, and you will probably need a different type of machine than a classic CPAP or APAP. But the therapy is pretty similar, and similarly effective.
I am not sure why a second study is needed, but if the experts say so, makes sense to comply.
The good news is that you are doing what you need to do. Don't fret, there is typically a happy ending for this sort of diagnosis. Let us know how this goes. We got you.
if periodic breathing was not diagnosed during first sleep study, then you have reaction to CPAP treatment (which is non-life-threatening) easily resolved. strike easily but not a major thing.
a second reason I say periodic breathing not a major issue is because you had minimal central apnea which would have been prominent.
hope you get software soon so you (and we) can see what is really going on.
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