(07-21-2016, 11:29 PM)DeepBreathing Wrote: First thing is to have a look at your sleep test report and find out what your central apnea / obstructive apnea and hypopnea indices were in the untreated condition. If you already had a high proportion of central apneas then an ordinary CPAP isn't going to fix them. If, on the other hand, you had few or no centrals, then it's likely they have been caused by the machine and are pressure-induced central apneas. Often these will go away of their own accord but sometimes need more active treatment.
Thanks, DeepBreathing. My sleep test results were (from a 5 hr. 50 min. sleep session):
Total Respiratory Disturbance Index: 24.7
Total Apneas: 50
Total Obstructive Apneas: 11
Total Hypopneas: 49
Total Central Apneas: 37
Apnea Index: 12
Unclassified Apnea Index: 0
Obstructed Apnea Index: 3.00
Central Apnea Index: 9.00
Mixed Apnea Index: 0
Of course, most of these numbers mean nothing to me.
The diagnosis was, "Findings are consistent with Moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea," with a recommendation for an Auto PAP machine.
Is 37 a high number of Central Apneas?
So far, I have not seen a DME or sleep therapist. I bought my stuff online and have been using Apnea Board to learn what I need to know. Maybe it's time to consult a sleep therapist? My only option was Apria and I didn't want to deal with them since they were charging outrageous amounts for equipment, and I don't have insurance coverage.