(12-13-2012 04:36 PM)TheWerkz Wrote: Ugly,
In your first post you said you were going to up your pressure to 10.2 cm but in a subsequent post you said you were using 9.2 cm and still experiencing headaches.
People had suggested that the average of 10.2 as calculated during my three weeks on the S8 would be too much of a jump. I took the advice and bumped it down to 9.2 - and yes, the headaches continue and I'm told that I'm still snoring and gagging. It's not helping. So yes I am discouraged and went back to the "prescribed" setting, faulty as it may be, I didn't have the headaches.
Quote:The headaches (and gasping for air) are usually indicative of a lack of oxygen as it relates to OSA, so, did you try going up to the average you were getting with the S8 AutoSet - 10.2 cm?
Were you snoring and gasping and waking with headaches when you were on the S8 AutoSet?
Actually I didn't have that trouble with the S8 and the average pressure was gradual increasing most nights.
Nov 16 pressure: 8.4 AHI 5.1
Nov 17 pressure: 11.0 AHI 2.3
Nov 18 pressure: 10.6 AHI 5.3
Nov 19 pressure: 8.8 AHI 4.0
Nov 20 pressure: 10.6 AHI 4.6
Nov 21 pressure: 10.2 AHI 2.5
Nov 22 pressure: 11.2 AHI 5.7
And so on. I see no point in the whole listing.
Quote:For 20+ years I woke-up every morning with headaches and thought there just wasn't a cure until I started using CPAP, I vividly remember my first nights on CPAP 4 1/2 years ago (S8 AutoSet II)
An awkward looking thing compared to the S9 line but it worked.
As usual my RT made sure I didn't see the clinician menu settings but apneaboard was helpful there
I didn't change any pressure settings in the duration of its use - I just recorded the output. Oh she had a data card that she used to read from the machine but didn't lend it to me. I had to transcribe everything by hand.
Quote:and the very first night I only slept for 2 hours but I woke-up, ripped my mask off, figured-out what it was (it wasn't really an octopus on my face) and jumped out of bed for the first time in years without a headache and I was so full of energy I was almost manic, after 4 or 5 nights I was up to 4 hours of sleep but felt like I hadn't felt since I was a child - bursting with energy!
I think my wife tried it on and found it intimidating, but lucky me, I tried on nasal "pillows" first and found a mask afterwards to be superior, at least in my case. Try something worse and then what you thought was bad isn't so bad after all.
I may have had lots of energy at one time in my initial CPAP trials back in the late 1990s, but I was left to fend for myself. As is typical for the doctor, if he doesn't see a patient for over a year, you're on your own. And you have to be referred (by another doctor) if you want to see him again. Even though I was given an SD card with my S9, nobody is really interested in the results except me. Even my own GP seemed reluctant to refer me again and - as of yet I don't know when the appointment is going to be.
Yet, I may have felt better during the time after I got my CPAP. But over a decade has gone by. It feels that my needs have changed although the pressure delivered has only been changed twice.
Once from 6 to 7. Once from 7 to 8, and with that ancient analog device, it was probably difficult or impossible to really adjust it to anything but the nearest whole number.
Quote:I can only state that this is what works for me but it should stand to reason that you're not getting enough oxygen while you're sleeping, especially if the S8 was delivering an average flow of 10.2 cm and you only set your S9 up to 9.2 cm from the previous setting of 8 cm.
Unfortunately 10.2 didn't seem quite right and I listened to the others who suggested that it was quite a jump from my old setting which is why it was short lived and I changed it to -- half way. And finding that it isn't helping me at all - waking up choking, apnea during the night as observed by my wife - it's clear that 9.2 isn't working (I couldn't do 9.1, it seems only to do .2 increments). If my return to 8.0 is worse then it will give me all the more reason to harass the powers that be. I've suggested that the fluctuations I've had (see my list above) could mean that I'm so unstable that I need an AutoSet, but I'm at the mercy of the doctor.
Quote:The other possibility is your pillow could be causing your headaches, that's a whole different thing but you're the only one that can determine that, I was on a pillow quest for many many years before I found the one that actually helps my neck not hurt - 13 years ago I opted not to have the neck surgery my doctor wanted to do.
That is something I have never considered. It may be long overdue. Both of my pillows (I've used two pillows ever since a lengthy bout in the hospital where I kept my head elevated) are probably in need of replacement.
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