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New patient, AHI still high and I'm still snoring
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RE: New patient, AHI still high and I'm still snoring
I'd get the setup manual to see what can be done with the unit. I think you can see your 1 day, 7 day, and 30 day average AHI by turning your dial to highlight "info" and then press the dial once.

Read a bit about Sleepyhead, or read about your machine maker's software EncoreBasic. Both are free.

Just keep up using the Liberty for a while and see how the next week or so goes.

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RE: New patient, AHI still high and I'm still snoring
With sleepyhead, it shows you not only how many events you have, but also their length. The effect of the events is dependent on the length. Events can affect your blood oxygen level, and can disrupt your sleep.

look for the SleepyHead link at the top of the page, next to the link for CPAP Setup Manuals.

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RE: New patient, AHI still high and I'm still snoring
(06-30-2015, 05:13 PM)Daisylouu Wrote: Pressure was fixed at 8 and my ahi was averaging 23. They programmed it to vary between 8-12 and I'm still showing ahi of between 9-18 and I'm still snoring. My original sleep study before treatment was averaging 19 (but 31 during REM sleep).....so it seems nothing is helping me. I'm a 50-yr old female weighing 120 lbs. I wear the mirage liberty mask because I can not have anything on he bridge of my nose due to prior broken (crushed) nose, and I am a mouth breather. Can not sleep on my side due to shoulder and back pain. Do I give up on cpap?

Here is the deal, everyone will be a little different as far as what will work for them. The answer is not to give up but to get more determined to make it work. I have had mine now for 38 day's and every day I make a go of it but most nights I can't get more than 2.5 hours on it but I keep trying, because I know that once I can go a full night with it I will feel better. For the time I use it sleepy head still shows that I am snoring, but my AHI is really low so it may not completely stop the snoring, however if you can get that AHI down you will feel better. Good luck to you.
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RE: New patient, AHI still high and I'm still snoring
(07-01-2015, 12:13 PM)Adoniscmj Wrote: Here is the deal, everyone will be a little different as far as what will work for them. The answer is not to give up but to get more determined to make it work. I have had mine now for 38 day's and every day I make a go of it but most nights I can't get more than 2.5 hours on it but I keep trying, because I know that once I can go a full night with it I will feel better. For the time I use it sleepy head still shows that I am snoring, but my AHI is really low so it may not completely stop the snoring, however if you can get that AHI down you will feel better. Good luck to you.

Adoniscmj-

You have a great attitude, but what do you believe may be preventing you from going more than 2.5 hours a night on APAP?

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RE: New patient, AHI still high and I'm still snoring
Daisylouo, it sounds like to me, that your cpap pressure is not high enough, or mask not sealing properly, or your opening your mouth if using a nasal mask. On my experience this is the second time in my life I tried CPAP, ( back then I had an AHI of 89 and was very severe OSA, almost on deaths door ) I first tried it in 2004 on a pressure of 13 with a full face mask and could not stand it, I found it claustraphobic. I then had a UPPP operation in 2005 which is significant throat surgery to remove my large tonsils, uvula, adenoids and mouth palate cut back and altered to open my narrow airway. This reduced my snoring for a couple of years then it came back, I snored like a jack hammer, I revisited a sleep specialist in 2015, had another sleep study which found my AHI was now 43, better but still severe, I am also a mouth breather but did want a full face mask, so I tried a philips respironics nasal mask with the comfort gel seal and a seperate chin strap to keep my mouth closed and it seems to work well. You might need a chin strap to shut your mouth ( as snoring comes from an open mouth and obstruction in the throat and a rattling uvula as well ) and your pressure raised, even after all that I still require a pressure of 12, it takes a lot of getting used too, I am glad I had that useless dangly thing called a Uvula cut out, it caused a lot of problems, it used to get inflamed from my severe snoring and dangle down and hang on my tongue which gave me a horrid choking feeling when I swallowed.
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RE: New patient, AHI still high and I'm still snoring
Your pressure is obviouly to low.
You might also check out the Fitlife mask.
It sounds as if that particular mask would be almost tailor made for your needs.
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