The story so far. 14 years ago I had a sleep study and was told I had OSA that required therapy. I wasn't told anything else (AHI etc) just launched into using an APAP machine. I was also told I needed a FFM with the machine. I used it for about 3 months didn't notice much difference and due to my lack of knowledge I discontinued and shortly after lost a considerable amount of weight as I took up running again. So all seemed good as far as I was concerned my impression was that the condition was probably over diagnosed in order to sell more machines.
So fast forward the old knees didn't like getting back into running and last year after slowly decreasing they gave in and are now quite painfully. So as you have probably guessed some of the weight came back on. My doctor diagnosed me with hypertension and things started to go downhill for me. So I though hey maybe this OSA was real. I checked in for another slepp study and now armed with info from all you guys and gals I knew what to look for.
So here is me thinking maybe I have a mild OSA problem the sleep study revealed an AHI of 67 and O2 levels dropping to 72% Ouch!!!
Here is when the fun starts I had to pull out some favours and get in for a confirmation and tritation study. During this study The technician woke me after 2 hours to tell me that she didn't need me to go any more for confirmation (I think she was worried I was going to die on her shift). So we went straight into the tritation, I mentioned I would probably only be able to use a FFM. She suggested I try a nasal pillow, so I thought I would amuse her and tried that. Next I know she is waking me up 6 hours later with a full study done and no leaks from the pillows. Wow what a sleep. I drove straight to a medical supplier and bought a set of RESMED airfit P10 pillows and went home and dusted off the ancient APAP machine.
After 2 nights of great sleep I needed to know more so I ordered A Transcend mini CPAP what a great little machine. Within 2 weeks I tweaked the minimum pressure up and was averaging an AHI of 2 primarily Hyponeas.
Meanwhile my dr had gone through the process of organising a machine through the Dept of Veterans Affairs for me. I must say this was a delightful affair, the paperwork went in two days before Easter and two days after Easter I had a home visit by the DME with a new RESMED AirSense 10 Autoset with heated hose, DC converter, mask wipes, filters and a Nuance Pro pillow mask (how comfortable are they). What a great effort and support.
So first day use of the new machine and AHI is 1.8 but after pouring through the data the majority of these events are aponeas and seem longer than those I had on the Transcend. I have adjusted minimum settings up to match the Transcend now and will see how we go tonight.
OK now for the question if you haven't dozed off in my introduction. How much of a concern are hypoapneas over apenas? If I have one apnea event a night lasting 23 seconds and about 7 or 8 hypos is that good should I be happy with this? The leak data is good I am tolerating the therapy. I am feeling much better during the day although I am still sleeping 9.5 hours a day. So I am thinking I am on track and all looks good so I guess just after confirmation of this. I must admit the sleep study was a big shock to me and has prompted me to make it work this time.
A big thanks to all those on this board I have been reading a lot of this forum and without it I would not have been able to do what I have done so far.
P.S. when I get something decent that I can show from SleepyHead (the Transcend didnt work with SH) I will post some screen shots