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Understanding Results (OSCAR)
#1
Understanding Results (OSCAR)
In my second month after finding a mask that works. I still feel horrible and would appreciate any input on something I am missing that would make therapy more effective. 
I seem to do better keeping the mask on in CPAP mode and have always stayed at pressure settings between 6-10.


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RE: Understanding Results (OSCAR)
Update-I felt zero improvement and got a home sleep test from lofta and even though my airsense told me I was at 1-2AHI, the sleep test had me at 10AHI…

I decided to change from a fixed pressure of 7 to APAP 6-20 but have also noticed that my machine stays at lower pressure with EPR?

I will post new screenshots from Oscar later today but I’m at a complete loss.
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RE: Understanding Results (OSCAR)
EPR actually treats pressure raising events of Hypopnoea and flow limitations which is the best way to maintain a lower pressure.
With an AHI of 1-2 you are in the area where adjustments should be based mostly on comfort, how you feel.

Not seeing improvement really telles us little. Some improvements take months to realize and then it's hard because it's so gradual.

So please, in addition to the charts, tell us how you feel and why you say that.

Thanks
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RE: Understanding Results (OSCAR)
I think made the mistake of staying with a fixed pressure and not opening up the range for long enough to make sure therapy was working. Iv'e always gotten low AHI numbers at 6-7cm pressure but never felt any improvement and when I ordered another lofta sleep test from tricare it said my AHI was actually 10.

I switched to APAP 7-14 last week and noticed the pressure would go higher than 7. I tried with and without EPR and would say EPR feels better but it almost seems like I'm breathing too efficiently. Regardless I feel better with the APAP 7-14 settings and attached the readouts with and without EPR because it seems like im missing something.


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RE: Understanding Results (OSCAR)
I agree with you that you are breathing to efficiently. It causes your CO2 levels to go to low, which in turn causes you to stop breathing.
You can say that from the kind of apneu you are having, CA, Clear Airway.
Try reducing the EPR to 2 or 1 and check if the CA reduce, while keeping the hypneus away.
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RE: Understanding Results (OSCAR)
That makes sense, I’ll change EPR to 2 and stay with that for awhile without changing anything. I’m thinking some amount of EPR is doing something positive for me if going without it is causing the pressure to increase.
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