Dx severe only on my back, only during Rem. All else WNL
Dr. suggested tennis ball in a sports bra to avoid rolling over. Was extremely uncomfortable.
Then suggested dental device, but I insisted on Pap.
Tried FFM, got the cushy comfy liner, leaks were worse and unable to fix. Revisited pillows that I had ditched after one night with a new attitude.
Now with the pillows, I have been trying tongue technique, which in the middle of the night goes south. I sleep with a chin strap and a piece of vertical tape at the center of my lips.
1. Air blows out both sides of my mouth, when it is closed, enough to wake me up.
My gut tells me this is hindering treatment efficacy, as my events are next to
nothing, one night 0.0, another .51 for example. For perspective my AHI on the
FFM is about 1.5
2. The pressure on the FFM varied 7-10 during the night with more events.
The pressure on pillows is almost steady at 7 or so, with hardly any events.
You think CPAP Is this overkill? I really pushed for it, because I had an unexplained PE that put me in the hospital for 5 days last year, horrible insomnia for years, and a cognitive mess. (which is much better btw) My father has OSA so I believed I was dealing with a hereditary factor.
Any comments on whether I should just go backwards and try a dental device? The DME said they hurt. Ok, well that's subjective IMO. Dental devices don't make them money (as I've now figured out)
Are my numbers down on pillows because of blowout? So if I don't fix that blowout, my machine is missing events? That's my big question.
Any advice is welcome, and thank you for reading.