Ok so I had my second sleep study since writing my previous post that I copied and pasted from the other board (posted above) and it went well I think
the tech said the difference between my sleep was night and day I also felt a bit better (more clear headed and felt like I could breathe better for a while afterwards) after waking up he said I got rem this time which I didn't last time and also that I got into delta sleep which he said a lot of people with sleep apnea never do however here are my questions
I tried on two masks (pilairo and the eson) I only wore one through the night (which was all of five hours cause it took me a while to fall asleep getting used to the mask) which was the pilairo because when I tried the eson on it hurt my upper lip like there was pressure but I didn't adjust it to try to make it fit better and neither did my tech I just put it on when the machine was off and that was it I wish I would've asked to try it a little more to see what it was like and if the leaking was better..
So my experience with the pilairo was this, I liked the idea of having a small pillow basically inflate around my nose it was soft however my problems with it were these
1.) It hurt the inside of my nose it was uncomfortable the longer I wore it and I was moving it and managed to take it off once during the night and I remember doing it even tho I was half asleep and I knew I shouldn't but my nose hurt I woke up and realized what I had done and the tech came in shortly after and we fixed
2.) after I took it off in the morning the tip of my nose hurt I must have a pointy nose
my nostrils are apparently small ( I tried on another mask I dunno what but it was nasal pillows and the small was a little too big we ditched that mask because my hair was too slippery)but yeah my nose is long? I don't know all I know is when I touched my nose it felt painful if I itched rubbed or moved it around the tip so I think my nose was being pressed against all night I didn't notice it at the time
3.) This I don't think is a problem just a question he said my leaks were minimal I don't know what my pressure is but he said optimal leaking should be zero but I was between a four and an eight which is ok so my question is I don't know what that means and it got me a little worried because of my next question
4.) I felt air in my right eye all night no matter what I did, I moved the ventilation part away and even after re adjusting the mask and when I mentioned it to the tech he didn't seem to know what I was talking about he moved something on the machine and asked me if I still felt it and I said yes and he didn't really respond so I don't know but now that I think about it was it a leak?
I have no idea what mask to go for ive been watching videos and researching and looking at reviews and ive narrowed it down some im interested in the swift fx and the mirage fx I just am worried about leaks I wish I could've tried on more masks im waiting for my call back to see a doctor I don't wanna get stuck with the pilairo because of the discomfort it was fine for one night but everynight would make my nose sore ecspecially on the inside so I dunno what to do oh one more thing to add he said my pressure wasn't too high so I dunno if that has to do with what masks work better but I have the machine I know im gonna ask for (the s9 autoset) but im lost on the mask part
So heres a couple more random questions
Ive been reading on machines and I want to know which is better an apap or a vpap/bilevel?
What the difference is between an apap and that?
What is the best auto bipap machine?
Is an auto bipap machine good for osa?
(I don't have the money for vpap anyways but I wanna know if its better and Ive been trying to read but some of the info can be really confusing lol ecspecially since Im new to all this but im starting to get the gist of it I have found some good info so far)
I tend to sleep on my side a lot and put my arm under my pillow is there a good pillow for that I should be getting cause I mash half my face into my pillow I like soft mushy pillows but I dunno if that will work with my cpap now generally other pillows end up on the floor so I have one pillow it was a feather pillow and is very soft and mushy now and stays in place fairly well lol ok I think ive written WAY to much now thank you to anyone who actually reads all this <3 I will post if I have any other questions but I think I covered them all...
Diagnosis as far as I know(still haven't seen a doctor to go over it all yet)
Type of sleep apnea OSA
Moderate- average of 15 apneas per hour