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[Diagnosis] Finally had my first Sleep Study! How bad am I?
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Finally had my sleep study and got my study results today!

My doctor said it was unusual because I basically had a mild amount of apnea the entire night - except when I went to REM sleep, where my AHI jumped to 47.2! And during the REM periods, my oxygen desaturations fell into the 70% range! (My AHI for the entire night came to 16.)

AHI 47.2, OSA 33.4, CSA 11.8

My questions:
1. I've heard anything over 30 AHI is severe, but how severe is 41 & 47?
2. How bad is 70% oxygen?
3. What does this all mean?

Thank you! Shy
-Ailu
Reformed CPAP Outlaw
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My doctor told me that highest he's personally seen is 135 AHI. I was 67. An AHI of 41 or 47 means you are waking that many times an hour even if not to fully awake. I never got as low as 70% in my study, even with more apneas than you.

Only your doctor can tell you what it means, but based on what little I know, you're headed for some form of sleep apnea treatment. Severe is severe, after all.

Dave
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#3
My AHI was 119 , basically every 30 seconds etc - I will have to dig out my report for the other numbers.
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#4
You are kindof average for severe, but hey, you are severe. So, definitely need that cpap. The 70% long term would give you a lot of health problems. But, they will look at it after you have the cpap or bipap hooked up to determine if they can get you into the 90s. If you are <88% oxygen with therapy, then I think they start looking at a bipap for higher pressures.

I'm a newbie but at looking at a lot of posts, some folks with pretty severe apnea respond to cpap or bipap pretty darn well. I was really surprised that some with severe are actually maintained on fairly low pressures.

I liked that. Reformed CPap Outlaw. Smile
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#5
I would confirm what Mosquitobait postulated. I had 45 AHIs/hr (severe OSA) and am consistently <1 AHI for an entire night with very low CPAP pressure range 4-6. CPAP will be your best friend!
Coffee
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(06-08-2015, 08:12 PM)Ailu Wrote: Finally had my sleep study and got my study results today!

My doctor said it was unusual because I basically had a mild amount of apnea the entire night - except when I went to REM sleep, where my AHI jumped to 47.2! And during the REM periods, my oxygen desaturations fell into the 70% range! (My AHI for the entire night came to 16.)

AHI 47.2, OSA 33.4, CSA 11.8

My questions:
1. I've heard anything over 30 AHI is severe, but how severe is 41 & 47?
2. How bad is 70% oxygen?
3. What does this all mean?

Thank you! Shy

It means you are unable to sleep and breathe at the same time. Your brain keeps waking your body up so it can breathe. This is doing two things to you.

1. It's preventing you from getting the rest you need to lead life to the fullest. Here are some of the symptoms you may be experiencing: Impaired cognition. You're tired all the time, you get grouchy, nervous, and sex just isn't as good as it used to be. Sometimes these symptoms have developed so slowly over time that we don't notice them. But once we treat the ailment and start getting the sleep we need then we start to see how bad they really were.

2. You have an elevated risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.

Medical professionals make these classifications of mild, moderate, and severe so they can use statistical analysis in their research on the ailment. You are not a statistic, you are a single human being in need of help. It wouldn't matter if your diagnosis was mild, severe, or more severe than 87.2% of the population because the action you need to take would be the same.

What does your doctor want you to do next?
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(06-08-2015, 08:12 PM)Ailu Wrote: AHI 47.2, OSA 33.4, CSA 11.8

My questions:
1. I've heard anything over 30 AHI is severe, but how severe is 41 & 47?
2. How bad is 70% oxygen?
3. What does this all mean?

Thank you! Shy


My numbers were similar and these numbers are not to be ignored. With treatment mine are back in the awesome range and it's likely that yours will be as well. BUT...

What this really means is that you are going to feel marvelous once you get your treatment started and dialed in. Smile
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Thanks soo much everyone for your replies!!! I am exhausted and sleepy all the time, and never feel like I have enough air in my lungs! So I really look forward to getting my CPAP!
-Ailu
Reformed CPAP Outlaw
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My AHI was above 60. With CPAP (A10) it averages around 2.
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#10
My AHI was 88 and my O2 saturation was 54%. I feel asleep at work while talking to a customer on the phone. Thats what prompted me to get a sleep study. Getting a BiPap was the best decision I ever made. My average AHI now is less than 1 per night.

Once you get used to your mask, your life will change for the better!
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