After trying several sleep meds, lunesta, ambien, trazodone (works great at knocking you out!) I was sent for a sleep study.
I should have asked army doctor for one MUCH SOONER!!!
I was just diagnosed after a sleep study with OSA , obstructive sleep apena. I had 176 apena events in 7 hours, (dr said this was severe sleep apena) so I was prescribed a Philips a system one cpap machine (set on auto!) I am using a optilife nasal pillow mask. (machine and supplies are free for me I'm us army!)
I have a few questions:
When the machine is running (therapy mode) the pressure displayed is 4cm (my rx ange is 4-14). When I get up to use the bathroom at night, the display still says 4cm. Should this pressure change/get higher on display as time goes on, or does it not rise when there's a airway obstruction (hence stuck at 4cm) I check the secret provider menu and indeed the pressure is set to 4 and 14.
I am also using this on the aflex setting of 3.
Also, when I hit the ramp button, it displays the ramp icon and then it disappears but I see no difference in the pressure when first donning the mask or as time passes. Is this normal also? (I saw NO RAMP ADJUSTMENTS or ramp time setting when in the normal or secret provider menu settings)
Lastly, it seems it's very hard to exhale at times, even though the hose is not pinched and the nasal pillow is not covers and is fitted correctly to my nose. Again it's showing 4cm as the pressure on the screen after hitting the therapy button to start.
This might be the style of mask as the air in forced directly I to my nostrils?
The medical supply place didn't really explain the machines display nor settings to me, just showed how to start and stop the machine, and how to clean mask and tubing.
Thanks for your help and I look forward to participating in wha appears to be a great group!