My first post here so please be gentle ...
I've been on the hose for two weeks now great results ... Untreated AHI of +/- 60 came down to below 5 almost instantly, and I even had a zero AHI afternoon nap yesterday!
I am delighted with this outcome and I am still on a high from being well-rested the first time in 15 or 20 years.
I have not had any side effects, but this morning I noticed a patch of parallel, vertical lines on the left hand base of my neck ... sort of above the collar bone. I did a few minutes of googling and my lay diagnosis is subcutaneous emphysema. This would be indicated not only by the appearance, but also known lung barotrauma from a diving incident several years ago.
This is probably serious - the emphysema is not a problem in itself but the underlying problem has to be looked at. Before I'm off to see a medical specialist, I'd like to be prepared as best as I can. So a couple of questions:
- Anyone else with a similar problem? What was the outcome?
- I can imagine a lower pressure would reduce the incidence of SE. Are there effective ways to lower CPAP pressure (while maintaining efficacy)?
- Any sleep hygiene factors I may consider to alleviate the symptoms?