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Long road of suffering
#1
I was diagnosed with severe apnea in 2006. Insurance would only allow for an in home study and the result concluded that I needed a cpap machine with a pressure of 16cm. For the past 10 years I begged 3 different Doctors to have an overnight sleep study because I was feeling terrible. I was told that cpap was the solution and that I would just have to deal with it. I finally talked a VA Doctor to give me an overnight study and she agreed. My overnight study was inconclusive so my Doctor decided to change my machine to an ASV. I am feeling so much better! I have included an example of 1 night of cpap results from before I changed to ASV as well as last night's result from my new ASV machine. I would love to here some input as to whether or not I should adjust my settings at all. Thanks for your help!

1.) CPAP

http://i.imgur.com/LNcMRV7.jpg

2.) ASV

http://i.imgur.com/U8hWv1e.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/jXFSAx7.jpg

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My experience has been that I have twice raised the low pressure and each time improved.Sleep-well

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#3
You have some pretty good numbers there. Are you able to sleep on your side? That might help with your snore numbers.

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I'll try but I will need to tape a bowling ball to my back!
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what a difference the ASV has made!!
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(06-17-2016, 09:28 PM)Jimmy D Wrote: I'll try but I will need to tape a bowling ball to my back!

Hello, Jimmy.

Years ago, when I first started trying to learn to sleep on my side, I found that something as simple as putting a large, firm pillow on either side would help limit how far I could roll over. That and my wife's elbow in the ribs when the snoring got too bad helped me train myself to sleep on my side.

Congratulations on getting a machine that is finally giving you the treatment you need.

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Congratulations on finally getting the right machine - your numbers look excellent.

It's a sad indictment of the medical profession that it took ten years to get there. If the night of CPAP you posted is typical, then I think your previous doctors are guilty of incompetence verging on malpractice.
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What an improvement! I have a similar story with some low back pain. Two+ years of seeing this doctor and that before one took it seriously enough to order an MRI. Two weeks later I was in the OR! Sometimes it is hard to make doctors take you seriously.
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