(10-02-2013, 12:15 AM)JJJ Wrote:(10-01-2013, 02:19 PM)justMongo Wrote: Any chance setting the max pressure on your autoset machine actually increased your AHI? Perhaps another sleep study in indicated. At the very least, consult your physician. He/she needs to be kept informed.
I spent most of my CPAP life (the past year and a half) struggling with leaks. It was only a few weeks ago that I finally got a chin strap/mask combination that works to keep my leaks down where they belong. My pressures never went much above 17 back when I had a lot of leaks. But now that the leaks are down to 3 - 6 L my machine is giving me much more pressure. My AHI has always been fairly low - average 1.26 and never over 3.0. There has not been any big change in the AHI since I got the leaks under control. I think that I am now finally getting the maximum therapy that I couldn't get before because of the leaks.
As for my sleep doc, she's OK, but I'm doing fine on my own. If I need a bipap I might have to get a different prescription, or maybe not. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. In the meantime I'm just going to keep my eye on the maximum pressure I reach every night. I haven't actually hit 20 cm H2O yet, so I'll just keep tabs on it for a while.
Thanks to everyone else for the comments. I didn't realize that a bipap could go higher, so now I know what to do in case my S9 Autoset can't deliver what I need.
I don't know if you have medical insurance, but, if you do, you may want to consider checking into the bi-pap now as plans are changing, rates may go up, but definitely from what I have seen so far, the copays and other part of the plans are increasing. If you don't have medical insurance, with Obama care, you will be forced to get insurance if you are in the U.S.
Much success in your CPAP therapy