I am new to this forum but I have been using a Cpap for almost 1.5 years with positive results. Unfortunately this week I started to have issues. I wil try to make this short as possible but please bare with me.
I had a scheduled stress test on Tuesday and my doctor stopped one of my blood pressure meds the night before and the morning of the test. I woke up early Tuesday morning with my heart racing harder than I can ever recall with my Cpap on. Felt exhausted. I went to the stress test and they ended up not doing the test but did an echocardiogram at rest and it came up without issue but I still had the rapid heart beat but they felt taking the blood pressure meds should do the trick. They were right. As soon as I was home took the meds and felt better within an hour. Slept fine Tuesday PM/Wednesday morning. Felt OK for most of the day on Wed and then around 6 pm my heart felt like it sped up. Not nearly as fast but I went to the ER where I was kept for observation and had blood work, X-ray of chest, ekg's & even a nuclear stress test which all came out negative and without concern about my heart.
Thursday night/Friday woke up again with a rapid heartbeat. Walked around and it settled down but nervous about going back to bed. I spoke to a respiratory therapist and she reviewed my results over the last month and she could see there was events and recommended setting Cpap to 1 pressure (avg between 10.7 - max 11.5) instead of autoset. Went to see my primary and thought maybe it was anixety from this weeks events. Friday night/Saturday morning I slept for 7 hours without an issue. I had lots of energy and felt better. Then this morning I woke up at 2 again with the rapid heartbeat and felt so drained. I was awake until 6 am and then fell asleep for about 2 hrs and then had the same issue. I did check the Cpap and it was at 10.2 for pressure each time.
That takes us to right now. I will be calling my sleep doctor in the morning and hopefully I can be seen, but do any of you have any thoughts on if it might be as simple as locking in a certain pressure versus auto set?
Thank you all for listening and any thoughts are greatly appreciated.