First of all, Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all.
I’m a 36 years old male who’s been diagnosed with OSA. After a couple of months of my first sleep study just had my titration sleep last week. However, around these parts of the world, getting the report and prescription will take around 1.5-2 months.
In the meanwhile, I wanted to start to educate myself on the issue so that when my report and prescription is ready, would like to have an idea on which machine to buy and what to look for.
But of course, as a newbie, I have so many questions that I’m trying to figure out. Would love to have some expert advice.
I’ll try to be as thorough as possible.
1st Sleep (PSG):
- AHI: 35
- O2 Saturation: Awake 97, Lowest 83
- Weight: 115 kg (254 lbs)
- BMI 31.2
2nd Sleep (Titration):
- Supine Pressure 7 (according to the sleep tech when asked in the morning)
- Non-supine Pressure: 5 (according to the sleep tech when asked in the morning)
- Weight: 106 kg (234 lbs) (My wife says after losing 20 pounds my apnea episodes have decreased a lot.)
- BMI 28.8
- Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease - Grade 2
- Long-term elevated liver enzymes. (a liver biopsy is scheduled to check for possible underlying factors and determine damage to the liver)
- Have slight deviation in the right nostril and thus gets easily half or fully congested.
- Having a nasal deviation operation is out of the equation for the moment due to the liver condition.
- Quit smoking 1.5 years ago and only drink occasionally, 1-2 glasses of wine. However, for the last year almost didn’t drink anything at all.
With above information in mind, I’d very much appreciate your answers to the following:
- Is there a situation where a person won’t really benefit from an APAP, like low-pressure needs, or is APAP a must for everyone in the long run?
- If a person has nasal deviation and the nose is prone to congestion, limiting air flow through the nose, does this mean that this person will need higher pressures during such times?
- If the answer to the above question is yes and that person has a normal CPAP, is it logical to increase the prescribed pressure setting to let’s say +2 pressure to compensate for any extra pressure needs that may arise? This’ll mean the person will get higher pressures during normal times of course.
- If you already live in an area where humidity is high, like in Istanbul, does it still help to use a standard or heated humidifier?
- Are there any forum members with fatty liver disease and/or elevated liver enzymes that got better in time with CPAP use?
Those are the questions I have so far. Would very much appreciate your help and advice.
BTW, after extensive reading, I think I have decided on buying the S9 AutoSet. I just couldn’t justify paying the extra for AirSense 10.
Also, I can’t express how grateful I am to all of you who spend hours answering questions and providing more value to the wealth of information here. Thank you all.
With love from Istanbul..