12-05-2014, 01:11 AM
(This post was last modified: 12-05-2014, 01:18 AM by vsheline.)
(12-04-2014, 04:41 AM)gofinn Wrote: interpreting results S9 AutoSet
I see the doctor once a year, all he tells me is all is fine keep it up.
I will see him again tomorrow.
Last year he upped the pressure from 12 to 16 , it does look like as if I need all the pressure I can get.
What is not shown in the screenshots is sometimes the mask annoys me and I remove it after a couple of hours.
either I get itchy face or because of blocked nose FF mask.
I also have a deviated septum which opens up 50% of the time, after some pressure build up.
see next post for more attachments
I need a second opinion what the graphs mean and what to ask the doctor.
Hi gofinn, welcome to the forum!
Your apneas and hypopneas look like normal obstructive events. (Breathing restarts with large Flow, gradually progressing into hypopnea or apnea, then big Flow again as pattern repeats.
"Flow" is the estimated Rate (in units of volume per unit of time) of airflow entering (positive Flow) or exiting (negative Flow) our lungs.
Raising the Minimum Pressure to be equal to the median pressure may be helpful (since higher pressure helps to avoid obstructive events), but Obstructive Sleep Apnea is usually highly dependent on sleep position, and probably more helpful would be to make sure you are not ever rolling onto the flat of your back while asleep.
Some people use pillows or cushions strategically placed under the sheets and lean against them to help keep themselves on their side (or diagonal, half way on their side) while asleep. Some may wear a light backpack with something light but bulky in it, to keep them off their back. Others put tennis ball or two in pockets sewn onto a teeshirt right between the shoulder blades or higher. Most people find their pressure needs are far lower when they are not slewing on their back.
Membership in the Advisory Member group should not be understood as in any way implying medical expertise or qualification for advising Sleep Apnea patients concerning their treatment. The Advisory Member group provides advice and suggestions to Apnea Board administrators and staff on matters concerning Apnea Board operation and administrative policies - not on matters concerning treatment for Sleep Apnea. I think it is now too late to change the name of the group but I think Voting Member group would perhaps have been a more descriptive name for the group.