This SA / Mask, etc is hardest thing I have ever encountered
I am to see my first sleep doctor again in a few weeks but wanted to get some "hands on" advice as well.
My orgional prescription was for 6/9 cm H20 pressure, but I felt like I was suffocating and had lots of events so after several days I cranked up the pressure. I am now using the machine essentially as a CPAP with my pressure at 11/11 cm H20
I also bought and use a recording Oxy-meter to monitor my 02 thru the night.
I have several questions.
1. In the S9 there are several variables that I have stumbled across and would like to know what they are...... and if possible what effects they have on the various aspects of SA.
Ti min, TI max, Rise time Trigger, Cycle, Easy breath, Mode.
2. As I have adjusted up the pressure to get my Total AHI down, My central events have climbed from 30% to about 60%
3. Some days even when I have a low AHI but feel bad. Usually my 02 meter shows that my 02 had droped into the 80's severl times. I Wonder what might be going on?
4. On my own, I bought and tried a nasel mask first with my origional prescription of 6/9 cm H20 pressure; I was able to not "mouth breath and I flet like I was getting enough air. However the first experiment was a disaster, I had a high AHI with lots of events and this was verifiey by the 02 levels............. and the following day was a total washout.
Second Nasel mask trial was at my "comfortable" and tested 11/11 pressure that I have used for 2 months.......... but I had about 50% of the events of the first try with the nasel mask and again I felt bad the next day. I returned to the Full Mask
What I have learned is that for my body so far; Keeping my 02 levels up is paramount in feeling good the next day.
I tried a second sleep doctor, but he kind of flipped out when I showed him my daily 02 graphs. ( I fired him)
Regarding my doctors, First one doctor is new, (2 years) and is text book.......... However She/ He is sort of accepting of my experiments; but does not have answers to many questions, nor seems to know where to go to get the answers.......... or possible answers.
How do you find a sleep doctor who has Sleep Apnea them selves.......... this may be the doctor of choice to use