Fortunately the sleep study was able to reduce the AHI to 13. My starting pressure was 5, then moved to 7, 9, and then 11. My new prescribed pressure range is 8-15.
I have an appointment to pick up an APAP, as perscribed by my doctor, tomorrow.
I have been reading this forum for the past month trying to get as prepared as I can. I think I am going to try to get a Resmed APAP. I wil make sure to check it against the recommended units on this site before accepting at my DME. I believe that I like the features of the Resmed the best, based on the forum posts that I have been seeing.
I had to use a full face mask at my sleep study, which they let me keep. I was not able to adjust to the nasal mask, I had to switch to the Quattro Air mask within about 30 seconds. Although in hindsight, they didn't give me any indication of what to expect with the mask, or how to breathe with it on. This was also before finding this forum.
I may try the dream wear mask with a chin strap. I like what I am hearing from some of the other forum posts.
Also, I know I need to get Sleepy Head setup. I will do this soon, so that I can post results to get feedback from this awesome forum.
A few questions that I have:
1. I had 77 hyponeas at one point. Is there anything different from obstructive apnea, as far as treatment is concerned?
2. Is my intended machine and mask choices good, or should I be considering something else initially? My DME has 30 day trial periods. Thankfully my insurance will cover 100%.
3. Would a new pillow or mattress assist? If so, does anyone have any specific recommendations?
4. During the study my oxygen desaturation only dropped to 85%. Is it worth investing in an oxygen monitor? I was eyeing a CMS 50F, based on previous forum posts here.
5. I have also been unofficially diagnosed with low testosterone. Is there any concern with treating Low T and sleep apnea at the same time?
Thank you in advance for this forum. You guys are awesome, based on all of the previous forum posts I have been reading.
I cannot say I am excited about sleeping with a mask, but I am ready to do, almost, whatever it takes to get better.