Hello Guest, Welcome to Apnea Board !
As a guest, you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use.
To post a message, you must create a free account using a valid email address.

or Create an Account


New Posts   Today's Posts

[Pressure] Hypoxic- No Apneas- Pressure Too High?
#11
It appears that you need a full multi-disciplinary workup with emphasis on cardiology/electrophysiology, pulmonary function, renal function, and a look at your sleeping position (orthostatic hypotension). You may wish to get an echocardiogram (with or without stress) and a BNP (B-type natiuretic peptide) blood test to rule out extra fluid.

You may also wish to ask your doctor about taking a daily aspirin or some form of anti-coagulant to deal with the potential for red blood cells to clump into a clot.

I know it sounds strange, but tell your doctor if you are taking V***** as it has been known to cause headaches and is a vasodilator. Mountain climbers use it to combat hypoxia and altitude sickness.

I found that I had an arrhythmia (PACs and PVCs) that produced many of the same symptoms.

Have you considered a short trial of supplemental oxygen injected in-line or into the mask?

Wishing you the best of luck on your quest.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
Post Reply Post Reply
#12
One other possibility that would be easy to check. The accuracy of your pulse ox could simply be wrong.
Post Reply Post Reply
#13
Hi Beardog,
welcome back.
You said you had a referal to an endocrinologist??

Are taking testosterone replacement therapy?

Testosterone can cause polycythemia. I use it and I have be been kicked out of 2 blood donation drives because my hemaglobin is too high (21.1) Sad

Still did not catch your age, elevation or other related lung/ throat problems or age of your mask??

Scotty
Post Reply Post Reply


#14
Welcome back Beardog,

Definitely sounds like something is amiss there. The fact you're having bad headaches corresponding to the low Sp02 numbers would point toward the pulse oximeter not being too badly out of whack, if it is. Still worth checking it out to see if it has gone out of calibration.

Desats to the levels indicated are definitely cause for concern and should be checked out and on a more urgent basis than 3 months down the road, IMHO. Something seems amiss for sure...and at those levels, it may be something more significant.

Also, Scotty, I had to do a double take as to where you live! When I donate, the number they check here is iron / hemoglobin is typically in the high 150s, but it is the difference in units between Canada (g/L) and the US (which uses g/dL). On your scale I'd be in the high 15's Smile
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
Post Reply Post Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  High CA in PSG and with Bipap J Duffy 5 118 10-20-2017, 08:06 PM
Last Post: bonjour
  What affects the central apneas ? schuss 11 414 10-20-2017, 06:58 PM
Last Post: Walla Walla
  Autoset 90 percentile pressure vs. Titration study pressure CDNHoser 12 251 10-19-2017, 09:02 PM
Last Post: Sleepster
  BiPAP Induced Central Apneas for New User (help)? STB123 30 804 10-19-2017, 10:25 AM
Last Post: STB123
  Pressure at altitude vs. pressure at lower elevations...? S.L. Ping Beauty 19 291 10-17-2017, 09:36 PM
Last Post: PaulaO2
  Advise a New Guy [on high pressure readings] zzzZorro 55 3,145 10-17-2017, 10:26 AM
Last Post: SarcasticDave94
Grin New High Score!! jhurlbut 8 293 10-12-2017, 02:22 PM
Last Post: Miastar

Forum Jump:

New Posts   Today's Posts




About Apnea Board

Apnea Board is an educational web site designed to empower Sleep Apnea patients.

For any more information, please use our contact form.