09-04-2014, 10:56 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-04-2014, 10:59 PM by herbm.)
Those narcotics are known to (tend to) increase events.
My normal (much) < 1.0 went to 2.5 or as high as 6 with hydrocodone for my post-op Total Hip Replacement (2 weeks ago.)
About the only time I was taking the hydrocodone was at bedtime but with my APAP and the drugs I slept beautifully despite some rise in AHI and occasional reaching the border line "apnea" threshold even.
My advice would be to discuss it with your doc, and if he says it's safe take what you NEED for the pain.
Without the model can't tell if you machine has full data -- do you monitor your AHI and other numbers daily?
For me it was a modest but acceptable increase in AHI, but definitely USE YOUR EQUIPMENT.
It's probably obvious but one can never be sure what other people know: Almost all docs have a 24 hour service that will find the doc, an alternate, the PA, or nurse -- if in doubt CALL IMMEDIATELY and ask for advice.
It's their job to get you GOOD INFORMATION, not only for you health but to allay your concerns if they are not necessary.
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
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I am in Pain MNGT, and have been for the last 3yrs or so.
I am not a DR of any kind, that said, yes my pain meds do not play well with my OSA. But the short time, and (fairly) mild meds you've been offered I wouldn't stress too much. There are always exceptions (going both ways) - but any fairly certain the doc would still give them to you knowing you are on a CPAP.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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What model is your CPAP machine? It should say "REMstar something" near the display.
If you have a good machine, you can check your own AHI numbers and see if it affects you.
If you have the right model, download the SleepyHead software mentioned at the top of the page, and it will let you see your own data.
Get the free SleepyHead software here
for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
The only thing that concerned me was somehow i ran across some random post on a different website, i believe Yahoo Answers. Somebody claiming that their cousin died from a combination of using Oxy and sleep apnea. After finding the post again i notice it did not even go into detail if the person was using a CPAP machine or anything-its very well possible the person had no clue what they were talking about. It just had me a little bit concerned is all.
I dont really know all the details of my CPAP machine-or differences in various units. It says Philips-systemone remstar auto a-flex on the unit. Thats really about all i know. I must admit many of the things everyone is saying here are quite foreign to me such as AHI and Data. I guess i need to study up on all of this. I do use my CPAP regularly though and have for the past year-its actually gotten to where i really cant sleep without it anymore. I just always put it on at night and took it for granted.
I seem to have a good tolerance for the pain medicine they gave me, it doesnt knock me out or anything. Just makes me slightly drowsy. Im pretty certain now i will be ok taking it.
Something to keep in mind is yes, you have sleep apnea, but you have TREATED, sleep apnea. As in you are being treated for it.
Then there's the pain thing. That pain you are in is going to disturb your sleep worse than the pain medication will. Take a look at the pill. Is there's a mark on it indicating the pill can be broken in half? If you are unsure, call your pharmacy and ask them if it can be. If it can, break the pill in half and only take half a dose when you go to sleep. If you wake up during the night and it is time for another, take the other half.
Pain is easier to control if you control it regularly. Waiting until it is screaming at you makes it harder to control.
But chances are, the pain medication they gave you is mild and for short term use. You should be fine.
Oh, and one more thing: Yahoo answers are about as reliable as getting hernia surgery from your car mechanic.
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If you are concerned, you might talk to your doc about it.
Best of luck to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.