I'm new here and recently diagnosed with mild sleep apnea. Main reason I had the study was that although I snore on and off, I was just exhausted daily with sudden bouts of complete exhaustion.
So I finally got the results of my home sleep study and would love to see what some with more experience think, I never had much more of a conversation with the doctor other than her telling me "you have sleep apnea and these are your options", no explanation, nothing. I now have the Resmed S9 Autoset. 5 days and I haven't really adjusted to having the hose and I wake up a lot because of the mask. I just found out I have a sinus infection and my ENT suggested I do not use the Cpap for a few days until resolved. I am going to take these results to the ENT as well, but any input thoughts from you would be appreciated. I attached the report as well.
Flow evaluation period: 5 h 33 min / spo2 evaluation period 6h 48m (graph on top show AHI result (6) which puts me at beginning of range of suspected pathological breathng disorder
AHI - 6
RI: - 9
Apnea Index - 1
UAI - 0
OAI - 1
CAI - 0
MAI - 0
Hypopnea index - 5
% flow lim . br. without sn (fl) - 32
% flow lim . br. with sn (fl) - 1
ODI Oxygen desaturation index - 8
Average saturation - 94
Lowest desaturation - 81
lowest saturation - 81
Baseline saturation - 95
min pulse 46
Max pulse - 95
Average pulse - 60
Average breaths per minute - 15
Breaths - 5005
Apneas - 5
obstructive apneas 4 (80%)
Central apneas - 1 (20%)
Hypopneas - 30
No. of desaturations - 53
Saturation < 90% - 11 min (3 %)
saturation < 89% - 4 min (1%)
Saturation < 88% - 1 min (0%)
Proportion of probable CS epochs - 0 0%
Machine: S9 AutoSet™ CPAP Machine
Mask: Swift™ FX Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask with Headgear
Humidifier: S9™ Series H5i™ Heated Humidifier with Climate Control
First, while not flawless, many would kill for that report. The big question as to whether or not to sleep without the CPAP - depends on you, and how severe your apnea is when untreated. I would go to a Full Face Mask (FFM) instead myself, and turn up the humidity more as it would help me get better faster.
But, mine was in the your heart is slowly getting ready to explode point when I was found to have OSA - my resting heartrate was 122, has taken many years, but I am back to the low 70s...
Anyhow, you've got a great machine, and setup. Finding a mask that will work for you and that you like, and doesn't create big leaks is key (didn't see your leak rate?) - FYI? Nasal pillows and an open mouth at night *could* cause the infection - all the air suddenly going up your nose and out your mouth - not sayin for sure, but just a thought.
If no one went and said OMG!!! You must get this ASAP - you're most likely safe and fine going off treatment for the infection - for perspective? After nose surgery, I was on my CPAP before leaving the hospital.
*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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If the ENT suggested laying of the mask and you don't feel the NEED for the mask (for a few days) then I would lay off.
I am missing something in your scores anyway with a AHI 6 (which isn't fantastic but is below the usual cut off point for HAVING OSA.)
There is no magic number so getting treatment for a 6 may well be worth you effort.
Also note that your 02 saturation number are TERRIBLE. They could be better.
Can you even breathe through your nose right now?
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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