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Waking up from apneas with CPAP (again)
#11
Well, I got the results of my study back.

It said I had an apnea index of 0.57 per hour and a hypoapnea index of 3.24 an hour. Isn't that technically under the threshold of sleep apnea? But they told me I had mild sleep apnea. The test did say I once stopped breathing for a full 44 seconds, which is a little scary, but I don't seem to have that many events a night.

But again, the study occurred during one of my good periods.
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So, the sleep specialist gave me permission to raise my pressure up to 16. At 15, I'm still having apneas, but at 16, I'm swallowing the air somehow. I keep having to burp. Is this otherwise dangerous?

I'm considering going over 16 if that still doesn't work, even though the nurse asked me not to do that before I come see her again. But I'm so tired, I don't care about that right now.

I keep waking up with my mask on with my heart racing. I'm wondering if it's safe to take a sleeping pill while this is happening, or if it will make things worse? Is it worse to sleep through apneas that severe or let them wake you up? I took Benadryl to sleep a couple of times when this was happening last week, and I feel like I slept better. The sleep doctor said it's fine to take sleeping pills if you're using Cpap, but what if your therapy isn't working and you're still waking up? In that case, can you take sleeping pills?

I'm at the end of my rope at this point.
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(02-07-2014, 01:17 AM)ScrewtapeJenkins Wrote: I'm at the end of my rope at this point.

I'm not qualified to give you any advice regarding CPAP therapy or medication. That said, if I was at the end of my rope I would try to change things within my environment. Change pillows, bed, sheets/blanket/comforter. Move to another room. Sleep with a radio or tv on or off. Raise or lower the room temp. Eat before bed or don't eat. Shower, etc.

You get the idea. Don't make a bunch of changes all at once. Pick something and give it a shot. Good luck.
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It's getting really bad now. I woke up feeling like I almost died with my mask on and the pressure up to 16. My heart was beating super-fast and I was absolutely as weak as a kitten.

I'm afraid to try to go back to sleep. My apnea has never been this bad.

I don't understand this. A month ago I was sleeping with a pressure of 11.4 with no problems and no apneas. Now, even at a pressure of 16, I feel like I'm barely escaping death every night.

Does anyone please have any advice or know of anything I can do?
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(02-08-2014, 02:33 AM)ScrewtapeJenkins Wrote: It's getting really bad now. I woke up feeling like I almost died with my mask on and the pressure up to 16. My heart was beating super-fast and I was absolutely as weak as a kitten.

I'm afraid to try to go back to sleep. My apnea has never been this bad.

I don't understand this. A month ago I was sleeping with a pressure of 11.4 with no problems and no apneas. Now, even at a pressure of 16, I feel like I'm barely escaping death every night.

Does anyone please have any advice or know of anything I can do?

You really should be contacting your sleep specialist.
I am definitely no expert but maybe raising your pressure has given you more central apneas?
It would be very good if you could get yourself a data capable machine to see what is going on.
What else have you changed? Diet? Meds?

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(02-08-2014, 02:33 AM)ScrewtapeJenkins Wrote: My heart was beating super-fast and I was absolutely as weak as a kitten.
Anything to do with the heart, you should see your doctor asap

Compact S8 (as shown in user profile) is an older fixed pressure machine, but user profile shows auto setting "CPAP Pressure: 4-13"

Have the pressure checked or get your self a manometer, pressure need checking as machines get older

Might be worth upgrading to data capable machine like S9 AutoSet or PR System One Auto 550/560
Supplier #2 have some good used machines, won't break the bank with some warranty
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#17
After your sleep study the doctor should have a follow up appointment and address these issues with you. If you stop breathing for 44 seconds that is a serious problem that is beyond the scope of getting advice from anyone on an internet forum. You need a doctor ASAP.
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(02-07-2014, 01:17 AM)ScrewtapeJenkins Wrote: So, the sleep specialist gave me permission to raise my pressure up to 16. At 15, I'm still having apneas, but at 16, I'm swallowing the air somehow. I keep having to burp. Is this otherwise dangerous?

Even if you were still having apneas while at pressure 15, if they were 5 or below, then I don't get why your pressure was increased. If your AHI in the sleep study was under 5, who ordered the machine you are using?

I agree with the others: you need a newer machine if you can get your insurance (if you have any) to pay for it.

Obviously, it is causing you some issues and I would think that you should lower it back to 15. I definitely would not increase the pressure.
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#19
Is anxiety about the problem adding to the problem at all? If so then seeking some therapeutic solution(s) for the anxiety may help you settle more and deal with things better.
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