My symptoms are debilitating. I haven't worked full time in three years and haven't worked at all in the past year. I used to love my job and love my life; now I just try to make it through each day. Sleep doc says that UARS is probably not the whole story but could be a significant part of it.
I started using APAP three weeks ago. First a Respironics System One (which was too noisy...high pitched squeal) then an F&P Icon (which was causing me to open my mouth on exhalation, I think) and now a ResMed AutoSet. I alternate between Resmed Swift FX for Her nasal pillows and a Respironics Wisp Nasal Mask. I prefer the pillows, but switch to the mask when my nostrils get sore. I am conscious of waking 2-3 times nightly to change positions without disturbing my mask. I fall back asleep almost immediately.
My AHI is always below 5, my unintentional leaks are zero and my pressure ranges from 5-11.
After two weeks, I had some temporary improvement. I started running, had people over, did some ironing (very rare in my house!) and told everyone I was getting better. But, it must have been placebo effect, as I'm now back to my tired and lazy "normal".
I've read in a few places to give it a good 5-6 weeks. So, I still have some hope. But that advice was from people with sleep apnea. I'd like to hear from someone with UARS.
If I do end up being a success story I will post again with a time-line.