I'm new to this OSA thing, and everything that comes with it.
I had a test about 12 years ago, I was young and busy. I was asked to come back for a second test and never followed through.
Fast forward to today. As I explained in my first post (a reply to Thread-Giving-up-after-6-long-weeks ) I've had sleep issues for quite some time. In the last few years, I've really started having bad sleep problems, and health problems (not sure which is causing which.)
So several mos ago, I, after much nagging from my wife , finally went to the doctor which I'd been putting of and putting off for years now.
I'm working on a lot of issues, this one on the advice of my Doc, and other docs, has moved to the top of the list.
Here's some of my info if anyone is interested.
I'm 40, a bit overweight but not much maybe 20lbs.
My sleep study info was this:
I had a rough night to say the least, but manage to sleep some
in that environment strangely enough.
443 mins in bed with total sleep time of 286.5 mins for sleep efficiency of 64.8%. Sleep latency normal at 15.7 mins.
Rem latency prolonged at 206 mins
Stage 1 @ 8.6%, Stage 2 @ 45%, Stage SWS at 28.6%, Stage REM at 17%
Loud Snoring throughout study.
AHI Severely elevated at 47.5% - 89 Hypopneas, 138 OSAs no central or mixed.
Apnea index 28.9/hr, Hypopnea index 18.6/hr. AHI lateral pos was 15.3/hr, Supine 88.5. NREM AHI 43.1/hr, REM AHI 68.5/hr.
Lowest desaturation 86%
Spontaneous Arousal Index 12.5.
Summary was as follows - Loud snoring with decreased sleep effciency of 64.8%, severely elevated overall AHI of 47.5hr that increased in REM to 68.5hr with lowest oxy desat at 86%. Sleep latency was normal at 15 mins and REM latency prolonged at 205.5 mins. No significant restless leg movements, periodic limb movements or cardiac dysrythmia noted.
I've briefly looked at definitions of this stuff, it was enough that my Doctor was really concerned and pretty much told me I was going to die in my sleep if I don't get some type of treatment. He called the sleep clinic in the exam room lol and pretty much demanded they get me in that night. They squeezed me in about 3 days later.
I got my machine about 5 wks ago.
Fisher & Paykel Icon Auto + set at 11 (I've enabled APAP & Senseawake 8.5 - 12.5 atm - I was waking constantly with panic, wanting to pull it off. That's getting better but I turned these on to see if it'd help with it - 2 days and I think it may be helping..we'll see).
Heated Hose & Humidifier at 30.
I'm now using a Resmed Quattro FX after a couple of nasal pillows and masks. I seem to be able to keep this one on. I was pulling the nasal's off as well as the chin strap.
So I managed to obtain the data reading software for my machine. I'm hoping maybe someone can explain some of these things:
What is Flow Limitation? It varies from 0 to 4 or 5, with sometimes 20 up to 39. Is this the hose getting kinked or something?
What is System Leak?
90% Percentile 30-40%
typical for both...some times as high as 80 or 100. Is this from the mask leaking? Is it leaking at all times? Is the vent on the mask part of this?
Sorry to be so long winded.
Thank you for having this site. The information and support is a great thing for newbies.