I have so many questions I don't know where to start. I'll ask a few. I loaded the sleepyhead software and would like to know how to make the reports visisble here so that I can get help from you guys reading it. Also, on my first data download today, the date on the overview graph only went to the 19th, yesterday, and there was no graph to see.
I'm in my third week of this. I tried nasal mask first and it rubbed my nose bone raw. Used my first mask exchange and got nasal pillows. I like them but am awakened periodically with moth breathing. Last night I actually taped my mouth shut. The sleepy head software showed that I had 24 AHI's and scolded me and said call my doctor.
Earlier today(before sleepyhead report) I had an appointment and my doc (nurse practictioner) upped my pressure from 15 to 17 on my Airsense auto set. Suggested I go to a full mask. Dont want to fork out the 250$ yet. I didn't get to see the doc, who as me to come in, because another doc of mine talked to her, and the sleep doc told him that I may need to be on bipap. Didn't see her today though. My question is what is the major difference in CPAP and BiPAP. (I already bought the CPAP machine.) My diagnosis was OSA 20 episodes, and Central Sleep Apnea, minor range.
Whew! That was a lot. What other info do you need to help me figure this out.
Thanks a lot.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for answers to your questions and much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy and getting it fine tuned to work for you.
Welcome Roy! I use the same machine as you, but mine has an upper and a lower level (APAP enabled). Be assured that if your sleep study AHI was 20, lots of others here had far higher numbers. It sounds to me like your 20AHI should be quite treatable. Did they do a titration study to identify a pressure of 17? That can be hard to get used to.
Give your DME a heads up that someone is mentioning bipap; maybe they can exchange the machine for you if you need it. Others here can give you good guidance for posting your data. And explain better the differences between CPAP and BiPaP.