Sometimes it's not about apnea. Your machine is managing your apnea quite nicely, but it only fixes obstructive sleep apnea; it does NOT fix bad sleep
caused by other problems. Nor does it fix a host of other conditions that can lead to daytime fatigue and tired/pressured eyes that makes it feel like you've been up all night.
(07-19-2014, 05:49 PM)jbuchanan6196 Wrote: My usage has ranged from 7-10 hours for the most part so I am getting enough sleep. If there is any other data on ResScan that I can provide let me know.
The Usage chart shows that on a lot of nights, there are multiple sessions---i.e. you are waking up enough to turn the machine off and back on. The Usage chart also shows a fair amount of variability in both bedtimes and wake up times, mainly coming from Friday and Saturday nights (i.e. weekends). You might try sticking to the same sleep schedule on weekends as well as weekdays. That may improve things in the long run.
And as zonk points out, there is some real activity in the flow limitation graph. Some people are bothered a lot by flow limitations, others are not. But it may be worth trying a very small pressure increase to see what happens to the flow limitation graph and what that does for how you are feeling. And it's well worth bringing the sleep doc a printout of the ResScan detailed data and asking about whether the flow limitations are an issue.
Quote:I've been using my CPAP every night for a few months, but sometimes I just don't feel like I'm as well as I can be.
One night I would like to not use my machine and see if I feel any different than with it, but I don't want to get behind again. I'd really like to stop using it if I don't have to, but don't want to throw away all the work I've put into using it. I'm still a couple weeks out from getting to see my doctor again so I thought I'd hop on here and see if anyone can shed some light on what else might be the problem for me.
I know that it feels like it has been a very long time since this (mis)adventure into hosehead land started. But it does take some people several months to even a year to start noticing any real differences in how they feel with PAP vs. without PAP. And sometimes the first signs that PAPing is doing something positive can be subtle and be related to things other than fatigue. For many people, the first positive thing they notice is a reduction (or elimination) in the number of times they get up to pee each night. Others notice a lessening or elimination of morning headaches. In my case, the first positive thing I noticed was waking up with much less hand and foot pain each morning.
You also write:
Quote:Some things it's not:
-Narcolepsy (I had a daytime sleep test done)
-Diabetes (blood work from October of last year showed normal sugar levels)
-Lack of exercise (at least I think it's not. I'm not as active as I could be, but this stuff went on even when I was a regular runner and was into sports)
-Depression (I was on an anti-anxiety/depression med for a while for anxiety and it only addressed that issue. Unless the med I was on didn't catch it all)
You probably need to get a good, thorough general physical exam from your PCP. Blood tests should be done for anemia, thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. If there's any chance of heart disease, that should be checked out. If there's any chance of pulmonary problems, such as COPD or asthma, that needs to be checked out.
Lack of exercise may be an issue: Remember that when you WERE actively exercising, your body was also suffering from untreated OSA. The untreated OSA may have explained the fatigue then, while the lack of exercise may (partially) explain the fatigue now.
Chronic pain of any sort can lead to problems with fatigue. So that's another thing to consider.