I am 52 years old and diagnosed with sleep apena 6 weeks ago.
I had a short stay in hospital reciently, they had me hooked up to a pulse oximeter. It alarmed every time I dropped off to sleep. Nurses weren't to concerned but suggested I have a sleep study. So I had a home sleep study which found that I have moderate severe apnea, ie AHI of 26hr on side & 67 on my back.
I am currently trialing Apap machines, first Resmed airsence 10 autoset but had trouble breathing against the pressure. It was like the machine overwhelmed me to the point I couldn't breath out, but it had me down to 7 aps an hr when working . Pressure 6-15
I am now using a Dream station auto. This machine I find more comfortable but my aps are higher now ie 16-20hr.
I am struggling with both machines, not sleeping well, as soon as I drop off to sleep I stop breathing even on the machine and awake. Most of my aps are centrals.
I bought a pulse oximeter, it showed me my 02 sats dropped to 82 shortly after dropping off to sleep, even with pap machine. I am worried about my breathing, I find I am always thinking about it. The oximeter also alarmed on pulse variation.
I am having the titration study next week, hopefully they will do a lung function test as well.
In the meantime I will just hang on and hope I don't wake-up dead.
I have read many posts and see I am not alone with this struggle, I am thankful for this forum as it has already helped me to get data from my machine and alowed me so share my struggle.