First, I will be upfront. I believe people should be very pro active in their health. Trusting doctors to know everything has been a large problem in our society. I have had problems sleeping my entire life, and have been to many doctors for it. Lots of medications prescribed, most of which I chose not to take because they were merely to band aid the problem. No one ever found a real "problem". It is only recently, that my boyfriend watched me sleeping and said he thought I was stopping breathing. After TONS of research, especially on this forum, i realized I probably had sleep apnea. His description and use of a Zeo, made it even clearer, and i realized it was probably a mixture of Obstructive and Central.
I live in a very remote area, and also didn't have the money for a sleep study. I also read on this forum, that many doctors will give a patient a Resmed Auto and use the data as a sleep study. There was also a Dr on here who talked about empirical trials, and how there was little risk in trying a auto pap machine. Sooooooooo
I purchased a brand new (previously owned) Resmed S9 Vpap auto- climate line tubing, zest nasal mask. I know that many people on this forum feel a Dr is a must, so my apologies if any one is offended by my choice. I read all the forums and manuals and set it to auto and after 2 nights actually slept for 7 hours (with one bathroom break). I donwloaded my data into Resscan and SURPRISE- (not really) I have complex sleep apnea. In the 7 hours I had over 27 events- 11 Central and 15 obstructive. I plan on continuing to use it and read my data, but here is my main question:
If I truly have comlex apnea- should I use the Adapt machine, or is the S9 capable of handling both central and obstructive? From all that I have read, it seems that the S9 Vpap auto can detect the difference, but only treats obstructive. that would mean I am only getting half of the treatment necessary for a decent nights sleep in my case.
PLEASE NOTE- I understand that there may very well be a reason for the central (ie heart problem, brain problem etc) and will definitely be working with my general MD to check on these factors, but he is not versed in sleep disorders- and I dare say, many sleep doctors arent half as versed as the people on this forum are.
I would love to send someone my data and have them help explain it a little more clearly, if anyone is so inclined. Thank you to all who post on here. You have made it possible for me to finally find the cause for a lifelong problem.