12-19-2014, 04:26 PM
(This post was last modified: 12-19-2014, 04:26 PM by fede.)
I've a question. Each morning my Resmed S9 autoset give me my AHI reading. I seem to be at 8-25. I have little to no mask leak with full face mask tight.
I try to sleep on my side, but at times find I am on my back. But here's the question. Does the AHI reading tell me how many OSA/hypopnea episodes I have that are treated, or untreated? In other words is the AHI reading telling me what the machine is not able to control? OR has controlled?
How do I know if the machine controls my apneas? IT usually rises near 18cmH20 throughout the night. I find no discomfort, but can fight leaks, unless i strap the mask tight. Thanks for any help.
The AHI that you are seeing is the 'Treated' number, meaning after treatment you still had those many events. The 'goal' is an AHI of five or less. That said, for a long time mine was forever in the 10-15 range and I felt that was the best I could get. Long story short, after much tracking, adding an Oximeter and tracking that, getting a new titration and a new machine, my AHI is now below 1-2 for the last six weeks. It also took many mask changes to make this work.
Do I feel any different? Nope. But as my untreated AHI is 100+, I am thrilled (still) after all these years.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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(12-19-2014, 04:26 PM)fede Wrote: How do I know if the machine controls my apneas?
Download one of the software packages such as SleepyHead and track your data. Learn to interpret it. Find what type of apneas; and what their duration is.
You have an S9 Autoset with a top end pressure of 20. You should be able to get better results unless you are having centrals.
You may need a different machine if centrals are a problem.
Also, you may need a way to stay off your back. Some folks just put something that makes it uncomfortable to roll over on their back. (Retired Guy uses an M18A1 Claymore and a pressure switch.)
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