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#41
Despite all of my razzing, I agree with Mongo and Sleeprider. I think it might be a great idea to have a polysomnography (lab sleep test) done and interpreted by someone very knowledgeable in both pulmonology and sleep medicine to figure out your sleep breathing patterns.

Best Regards,

PaytonA
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#42
(12-28-2015, 08:07 PM)PaytonA Wrote: Despite all of my razzing, I agree with Mongo and Sleeprider. I think it might be a great idea to have a polysomnography (lab sleep test) done and interpreted by someone very knowledgeable in both pulmonology and sleep medicine to figure out your sleep breathing patterns.

Best Regards,

PaytonA
I'll see a different specialist on the 4th of Jan. Ill ask for a titration and spirometry. I had a sleep study a few months ago but in my opinion it sucked. Sad I cant get into my ENT till Feb. Guess he'll have to just understand..

My chest feels like i pulled a whole bunch of muscles. Ache constantly. Must be getting "used" to mask and snorkel..

Mark

I can take all the razzing you can give me lol
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#43
(12-27-2015, 06:03 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: The RERA you are experiencing, would likely be significantly relieved with a bilevel machine, and it would also increase your tidal volume if setup right.

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(12-28-2015, 11:47 AM)GTOdude Wrote: Funny thing, the desat events only seem to occur when Im initially trying to fall asleep with the machine. Last night I woke up and went to the window to check out something outside. I laid back down and fell back asleep no prob.

First, I think you would find that continuing to gradually raise the Min Pressure toward 10 or 11 would reduce Flow Limitation and obstructive Hypopnea/Apnea while first falling asleep.

Second, I have found it helpful when sleeping on my side to use just a small "neck" pillow, roughly cylindrical, approximately 1 foot long, 4" or 5" in diameter, which I place lengthwise under my neck and head (not crosswise as usually used) so the pillow supports my head without touching the mask.

Third, when we take off the mask and lay back down and fall asleep without using CPAP (unintentionally, or intentionally because already achieved 4 hrs, or nose hurts or whatever) we are very likely to wake up feeling poorly.


(12-28-2015, 05:51 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: A professional should interpret this for you. The multiple peaks in each individual inhale, especially after the hypopnea, suggests flow limitation and are series of effort increases during the inhale. The jagged top of the inhale looks like a snore, but could just be fluctuations in effort to complete the inhale. Not only that, but each exhale has two steps as well, a small one followed by the rapid main inhale.

I think this breathing pattern holds the reason why you continue to be tired, sore and have felt a lack of relief from CPAP. ... you appear to struggle to inhale, and rapidly exhale to start the next breath.

You may benefit greatly from bilevel (BiPAP/VPAP) therapy that would help you breath more effectively by increasing inhale pressure, and decreasing exhale pressure.

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#44
The attempt at the FFM was a royal failure. I couldn't get it to quit blowing in my right eye or leaking around the chops. Tried everything. Looser, tighter, adjust at bridge of nose, all of it. I gave up and went back to the P10 with my mouth taped. At least I slept. I did have some leaks.

Appears to me the machine scores any/every breathing aberration as an event. If I snort or cough or anything. Like I woke at 0130 and then fell back asleep. And I awoke at 0600 and there then are groups of centrals and RERAs etc cuz im fidgeting. I feel my heartbeat in my side and am still kinda short of breath, so I get a lousy reading on the machine. Bummer. The report looks ridiculous.

Trying to see cardio again today.

Mark
   

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#45
Other than your after 6:00 AM sleep/wake junk, you had a good night. You can ignore the sleep wake junk. Do not obsess about the numbers. Yes, we all like to get good numbers but they are only numbers and since the machine can not tell if we are asleep or awake, it just keeps on counting.

Best Regards,

PaytonA
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#46
(12-29-2015, 12:07 PM)PaytonA Wrote: Other than your after 6:00 AM sleep/wake junk, you had a good night. You can ignore the sleep wake junk. Do not obsess about the numbers. Yes, we all like to get good numbers but they are only numbers and since the machine can not tell if we are asleep or awake, it just keeps on counting.

Best Regards,

PaytonA
Wish I felt like I had a good night. Gonna see the cardio at 1500 (3pm for you non Mil types). See what he has to say. Also still can be the thyroid. Only been on the meds like 2 weeks. Got up this AM like I was freezing to death but the heater was on..

Mark

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#47
(12-29-2015, 12:18 PM)GTOdude Wrote: Wish I felt like I had a good night. Gonna see the cardio at 1500 (3pm for you non Mil types). See what he has to say. Also still can be the thyroid. Only been on the meds like 2 weeks. Got up this AM like I was freezing to death but the heater was on..

Mark
It was a cold night last night. It's 54F down here @10:00. I'm freezing.

Payton doesn't feel it. He's got all that fur...
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Glad you're seeing your cardio doc today.

Mongo
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#48
(12-29-2015, 01:12 PM)justMongo Wrote:
(12-29-2015, 12:18 PM)GTOdude Wrote: Wish I felt like I had a good night. Gonna see the cardio at 1500 (3pm for you non Mil types). See what he has to say. Also still can be the thyroid. Only been on the meds like 2 weeks. Got up this AM like I was freezing to death but the heater was on..

Mark
It was a cold night last night. It's 54F down here @10:00. I'm freezing.

Payton doesn't feel it. He's got all that fur...
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Glad you're seeing your cardio doc today.

Mongo
Mongo, it was about 34 up here in the Central Valley. But at least our gas prices are more bearable. My son lives in Torrance and when we were there visiting, I got sticker shocked. Thankfully the wife's car is a Prius. Id never take the Pony down there. lol

Mark

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#49
Ok so I saw my cardio dr today and after telling him the whole spiel, he believes it has nothing to do with my heart. Said it sounded beautiful and all that. Welcome news. Did want me to go see the pulmo dr for which I have an appointment on 1/4/16. Now the chest and back pain and all else seems to be me fighting to breathe on the damn machine and it not working for me plus the damn anxiety I was having. I am going to not use it tonight and sleep on my tummy with a shirt with a ball in it or even a damn backpack on to make sure I dont flop over on my back.

Medicare puts you between a rock and a hard place. Makes you use the machine 4 or more hours a night even if it isnt working for you and in my case it isnt. I dont care. I'll hopefully get a titration study and a BiPAP from the dr i see on the 4th and then try and work with Medicare..

We shall see.

Mark
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#50
Mark, one of the criteria for qualifying for bilevel is a failure at CPAP. That can be compliance or efficacy. You really need to alert the pulmonologist to your unusual sleep breathing pattern with inhale/exhale time of 3:1 and the really ragged inhalation. These are symptoms that do respond well to bilevel, and perhaps ASV. I never associated your respiratory issues with the cardio issues, but you show a lot of indications of upper airway resistance or flow limitation. Your doctor is best equipped to figure this out and get you on-track with the sleep therapy you need. Please consider taking in some printouts of the flow rate charts for him to see. Ideal would be to use EncoreBasic waveform printouts.
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