I Think I finally can call my therapy a success story.
A little history:
Diagnosed with severe apnea 2007, I had every symptom. Falling asleep, overweight, snoring, stop breathing, driving off the road, you name it, I had it. I threatened to make a .pdf out of my 2 original studies to show what severe is, I will, haven't yet.
Started therapy in 2007 and WOW what a difference. didn't know anything about numbers , AHI's, leaks etc. Just felt a ton better overall. I was so exhausted when I started therapy that I slept in the "mummy" position for almost 3 weeks and never moved, rolled over, nothing. It took that long to "catch up" and feel human again.
Fast forward to July 2015 and Apnea board:
Hadn't seen my Dr. until June 2015, LARGE LEAKS was my enemy said the Doc. Got a new up to date machine, still had leak issues. Keep in mind I'm still feeling good, sleeping good etc. Well that Dr. got me thinking, did some research, found out what the hell a LL was, found Apnea Board and it was off to the races.
Before and after results are listed below.
1. How is CPAP therapy making a positive difference in your life? What impact has it made upon your health & happiness?
I'm healthy, lost a ton of weight, sleep like a baby, look forward to going to bed. My family is no longer afraid to get in the car with me driving.
2. Have you had any problems with CPAP that you solved with a positive outcome? If so, what did you do to solve the problem?
Ok, I talked about LL's. I'm lucky, I don't fight any other issues, so I can zero in on this.
Here are the results since the Dr. got me thinking. I found this forum, and decided to "own" my therapy, this is from July 2015 through today:
1st 35 days under "Drs." therapy settings of CPAP set at 16 cm H2O, then 2 days later I begged him to lower it, he did to 14 cm H2O,
Med 95% Max
11.4 63.6 79.8
My setting in APAP or "autoset" mode 10cm H2O-14cm H2O,
Last 66 days, to date:
Med 95% Max
0.0 12.0 30.0
9.6 10.8 11.2
So, I'm inclined to call this a success story, although I still am in "test mode" trying to get even better.
Thanks for letting me tell my story, and thank everyone here for giving me their knowledge, experience, and advice so freely as to give me the courage to help myself get even better then I was before!