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Desperate and Confused
#1
Angry 
I'm new at this, and don't know what to do. I would appreciate some ideas on what I can try to get my AHI down. The consensus on the board seems to be a goal of 5 or less, but nothing seems to help mine.

Leaks are not a problem. Does anybody think my pressure range (see left) is too wide? I've got the Min/Max Pressure Support Setting on 3 and 8, respectively, so the wide range between Min EPAP and Max IPAP shouldn't matter, right?

Thank you ladies and gentlemen, I feel pretty stupid right now.

Desperately seeking ideas...........
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#2
First of all, don't feel stupid. We all start off knowing little about CPAP. I am not familiar with your machine but there will be people on this forum that can help you with more specific advice.

You are using Sleepyhead software. You might post some of your results, like AHI and actual pressures, min/max/avg. The machine should adjust pressure to fit your breathing needs, so the min/max are just there as outer limits. My actual pressure never get any where near the min. or max.

So, be patient, the "stupid" feeling passes rather quickly. You will find excellent resources here.
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#3
Welcome to the board and Cpap, hang in there, it gets better and everyone here is super helpful. You will find answers, this board is a God send, you will learn a lot. I will leave this, however to the pros, they have a ton of knowledge.
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#4
Did you have a sleep study? What pressure did they find optimal?
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#5
Yes, I actually do think your range is too wide. In theory and often in practice it doesn't matter. But there are occasions that it can be an issue. To recommend any narrowing it though, we would need to see what your experience actually is. So come back with your actual pressures, 90% and so forth. Also, if you're using a ramp feature, consider not doing that, or shortening it considerably. Often at default it stays on "ramp" for too long and you fall asleep and your machine doesn't start working on the apneas for another 10 minutes or so. Doesn't sound like much, but it could have an impact. What are your leak numbers? I know you don't feel they're an issue but often they can be without you knowing it. For instance a nasty little short term leak might encourage your machine to blast up to 20, then the leak goes away and the machine decides to drop to the basement. Or even start the ramp again........

So download and install the Sleepyhead stuff and come back with as much detail as you can.

Oh, by the way, welcome to the site! You'll get this figured out!!! I will stake Mongo's reputation on it.
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#6
Hi kgriggs,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Please, don't feel stupid, there is a learning curve but you'll get there, it just take time.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and best of luck to you.
trish6hundred
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#7
Welcome.

What is your AHI?
Get the free SleepyHead software here.
Useful links.
Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
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(08-18-2014, 11:16 PM)archangle Wrote: Welcome.

What is your AHI?

This is my first thread and I already like your humor Archangle (for thos of you unaware, click on the link re: alternative to CPAP)

Can I post my data file up here for experts to review? How?
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#9
Well the BB Program wants you to have x number of posts before it lets you upload an attachement. It's how we stay safe from the V***** salesmen.

In the meantime however, just some numbers will help:

AHI, number of events OA, CA, Hypop.... that sort of thing.

Your min/max and average pressures.

Your leak numbers.

A complete DNA analysis........ Oh, maybe forget that one.
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#10
Here's representative numbers.
Comments?

Pressure 8-18
Avg IPAP 14.22
Avg EPAP 14.13
Avg Leak Rate 4.05
90% Leak Rate 20.00
% Time ^ Leak Rate Threshold 0.23%

Obstructive 10.40
Hypopnea 4.99
Clear Airway 2.91
Total AHI 18.30

Flow Limitation Index 0.42
Effort Related Arousal Index 0.21
Periodic Breathing % 3.44%
Resp Rate 15.4
Tidal Volume 360
Minute Vent 5.75
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