I have searched through the threads and I have found answers to some of my "newbie questions" so I guess it's more of opinions I am looking for....
I will preface this with a short overview of (How I got here)
I have always been pretty healthy both physically and mentally. I am 41 years old, 180lbs, 5'11" tall. I was diagnosed ADHD as an adult at about age 39. I have just recently (past two weeks) been diagnosed with "Obstructive Sleep Apnea".
For ~ the past year I have been dealing with constant "unexplained" shoulder pain, excessive daytime sleepiness, loss of focus, mild to moderate cognitive decline, etc....
I cannot really nail down when this started because the Adderall for my ADHD may have hidden the symptoms as they crept into play but at some point nearly 1 year ago these symptoms overtook the medicine.
I have been to two sleep studies:
1.) Overnight and the Daytime sleep latency test.
2.) Overnight with CPAP machine to determine optimal treatment pressure.
The doctor sent me to the first expecting to see negative results for apnea and narcolepsy based on my weight, lack of snoring and time it takes me to drift off to sleep. However, after the first sleep study BOTH came back positive.
The doctor informed me that the multiple sleep latency test (narcolepsy) could have been a false positive based on the fact that I did not sleep well the night before. He suggested we treat the apnea and see if the symptoms (aside from shoulder pain) subside since they could all be explained by lack of restful sleep.
I got my ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset and ResMed F10 full face mask Wednesday and have used them both Wednesday night and last night @ the recommended pressure setting of 8.0 - 9.0
When I got the machine they gave me the printout from my two sleep studies.
I was reviewing my results from the two sleep studies along with the data from my first two nights on the APAP machine and here is where my questions or request for opinions comes in.....
The first sleep study sans machine showed the following results:
1 Obstructive Apnea Events
24 Central Apnea Events
38 Hypopnea Events
The second sleep study with machine showed the following results (when looking at the Respiratory Table):
At ALL pressure settings there were 0 Obstructive Apnea events
There were Central Apnea events at pressures 5 and 9
There were Hypopnea Events at pressures 5, 7, 8 and 9
Night one on the APAP machine resulted in 20.6 events per hour
Night two on the APAP machine resulted in 17.4 events per hour
On the website I cannot see which events were obstructive vs central and have not yet loaded the data from my SD card into SleepyHead to see that level of detail.
I know this whole thing takes getting accustomed to but I just wanted to verify that:
1.) I am on the correct type of machine for my apnea
2.) The higher (events per hour) results that I am seeing on this machine are expected during the acclimation period.
I hope that is not too long for a first post but still provides enough detail to get some opinions from you (the users/sufferers/experts)
Thanks in advance!