Hi, I'm new, so pardon me if this has been covered before. I have read through a lot of the board, but there is so much information. I've been lurking here for a couple of years, but just joined.
A big thank you for all of you who gave information for how to camp with a CPAP and a deep cycle marine battery. I am thrilled to be able to camp and breathe.
My question: I have a Resmed S9 Elite, and have been using it in 100% compliance for 2 years. This July, I started waking up with "those" headaches again, called the doc, and sent my SD card in for reporting. She called me and said my AHI was below 3 and that was fantastic.
So how come I felt like crap.
After reading about adjusting your own pressure, I upped my pressure from 10.0 to 10.4...not waking up with the headache, but still feeling constantly exhausted.
A few mornings ago, as I was waking up (feeling like I couldn't face the day) I realized that when I was lying on my back, and breathing out, my airway blocked completely.
I raised the pressure to 11.0 and have woken up the past two mornings with no headache and feeling like I can take on the world.
My question is, how come if I could tell I couldn't breathe out through my nose (because of blocked airway), this wasn't registering on the SD card (also, my machine was set to summary info only, which I've changed).
Should I be going by how I feel, or by the numbers?
To distill the efficacy of therapy to a single number is convenient; but does not tell the whole story.
How you feel is more important.
Your story is why an auto machine is better for most people. Given a little more max pressure, you wouldn't have run into the issue.
Since you have the Elite, perhaps you could put that in your profile...
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WELCOME! to the forum.!
I think it’s good to go by how you feel, but it sure doesn’t hurt to look at your numbers. It’s good that when you raised your pressure a bit, the headaches went away, now to get rid of the exhaustion.
Hang in there for more suggestions and answers to your questions and much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.