You may have access to information that will unlock the answers to your questions.
First look at your Resmed machine, near the knob it will say S8 or S9 Autoset or elite or ???. Please update your profile with that info. Then if you have a data capable machine you can download Sleepyhead software for free.
Once you have Sleepyhead on your computer you will need an SD card reader available at Best Buy or Walmart or most computer stores for under $20.
You will now be able to take the SD card from the back of your Resmed machine and put it in your computer. Sleepyhead can report to you what your AHI is when you are having events and with a little help from the folks here you will know more about your sleep apnea than your doctor.
Once you know what is happening you can make adjustments to your Resmed and your sleep hygiene, to hopefully improve your outcome.
I am sure others will jump in with more detailed instructions.
Your OSA took time to be found, and it will take time for your body to 'heal' (get into it's best state). Baby-steps, be glad you lost the headaches.
I am simply not a morning person, and rarely do I wake up feeling 'refreshed', most of the time I could easily sleep a few more hours. Yes, perhaps some adjusts may help, or you may simply be someone that wakes up tired.
The other point is some folks simply need more sleep than others. How long are you sleeping? I personally hate it, but I need around 10hrs of sleep daily...I don't often get that, for one reason or another, but that seems to be what works best for me.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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10-22-2013, 01:54 PM
(This post was last modified: 10-22-2013, 01:55 PM by RonWessels.)
With regards to the chest pain, it is normal for a new CPAP user to experience discomfort in their lungs, similar to the ache you might get with a particularly bad coughing fit. As well, new users frequently report back pain right between the shoulder blades. Both of these are because your lungs and diaphragm are getting used to breathing under the higher pressure, sort of like how your muscles would ache when you first start lifting weights.
If this does not describe what you are feeling, particularly the chest pain, make sure you talk to your doctor about it.
If this is what you are experiencing, it will go away with time. Although the back pain ended up taking about 2 months to subside for me.
I'm going to second the suggestion to download the software and take a look at your data. Have you had a follow up appointment with the sleep doc yet?
It could be as simple as you need more time for you body to heal. Or it could be that your pressure settings are not yet optimal. Or it could be that you are having some serious leaking issues that happen after you and your wife are both asleep that are not waking you up, but are affecting the quality of your therapy. Only the data will tell for sure.
As for the chest pain: I'd definitely mention that to the PCP. If you've been using the machine every night since May, you should be over the newbie back and chest pain aches that RonWessels mentions in his post.