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Help for a newbie....
Help for a newbie....

I'm a newbie... 

Its been over 6 months sense I made an appointment with the pulmonologist and I just got diagnosed with mild sleep apnea (12.8). Still waiting for my script and the CPAP supplier is out another 3 weeks. So I bought a ResMed 10 normal CPAP and I got my hands on a N20 nasal mask. Everything feels fits and feels fine... no problem sleeping with the mask... hardly any leaking (4.8 leak rate). I am currently at a CPAP pressure of 8.4. I had a AHI of 8.83 this last night.... mostly caused by this event. 

I am using both OSCAR and SleepHQ.  Last night I had a 'clear airway' event. I don't know if the pressure is causing central apnea or I need to raise the pressure to help with some of the obstructive events. 

I also took a bit less than half of a xanax(.25m) before I went to bed. Which is a very low dose of less than .125 mg.  I take them on a as needed basis.... a few times a month. I heard that they can cause central apnea. 

I also had a B1 deficiency as a result of long Covid.... which caused insomnia.  So I take B1 everyday.

I understand that its a long game and we need more data... but it would be nice to get some input. 


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RE: Help for a newbie....

Pressure is of no help for clear airway events. The airway is.... clear. It is open. The problem is the nervous system that does not trigger the action to breath. Usually, this requires a BiPAP instead of a CPAP.

Please, post the complete graphs with pressure, flow limitation, etc. Also, you can use EPR to try to help that. EPR will reduce the pressure when you exhale and re-increase it when you inhale.
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RE: Help for a newbie....
I saw a video from the Australian guy on 'CPAP Reviews' on YouTube.... He said that you can get central sleep apnea episodes if your pressure is too high because the pressure isn't letting you to exhaust your breath properly.
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RE: Help for a newbie....
RJ Thomas,

Post full OSCAR scan.

It is common to get Centrals at the beginning of therapy.


What did your sleep study show?
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