I am curious about Long Term damage from either untreated or mistreated OSA therapy.
Since I have been on the AutoSet my heart rate has gotten much better, from 50-55 to 60-70 (mostly low 60's but much better!). My oxygen has hit 98-99 from a few short spikes but mostly stayed the same, low 90's, sometimes 80's. Is this reversible? Will continued AutoSet use bring my oxygen levels back up like it did for my heart rate over time? I feel like I am sleeping better but still waking and feeling tired during the day. Is it possible fighting against the incoming pressure for 22 months without the EPR & Ramp feature could have caused or contributed to my low oxygen and heart rate? The fatigue and tiredness has increased over this period with the last year being intolerable. Would appreciate any comments, thoughts, or experience from anyone else who may have gone this type of situation.
Finger Lakes Region, NY
You probably should discuss the low blood oxygen with your doc. Supplemental oxygen at night would probably be a good thing. Your doc may want to do lung function tests and the like.
Yes, the damage that was done is, for the most part, reversible. Oxygen getting to your body's cells is a good thing as is the other stresses that happen with untreated apnea.
Do a Google search for "damage from sleep apnea reversed with treatment" and some studies and the like will come up. Some of the links will be sites wanting to sell you their book or product. Ignore those. Other searches with similar search terms will reveal even more.
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Breathe deeply and count to zen.
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Boy, I certainly hope it is reversible..
I was diagnosed with a higher level of mild OSA about 15 years ago and ignored it.
Now I have severe apnea and started therapy in September.