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OSCAR Data Interpretation Request
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OSCAR Data Interpretation Request
Hello everyone,

I have been on CPAP therapy for the past year and in terms of efficacy, it has been hit or miss. I've had good days but I've also had a significant number of bad days with some days feeling worse than I ever did before I started treatment. I've spoken to my doctor about this on more than one occasion but it seems that my AHIs are normal so he is not concerned. I trust my doctor but I would like to get an opinion on if there is anything I could do to possibly improve my therapy. Since I have no idea how to read my OSCAR data, I'm hoping someone on this board could give me an idea if there is an obvious issue that I could adjust my settings and address. If there is any additional data that is needed or if I have provided the wrong data, please let me know. Thank you all in advance!


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RE: OSCAR Data Interpretation Request
Do a bit of reading on what we call positional apnea. Your third example shows a period of this and all your data shows periods of reduced flow rates, some of which obviously end in RERAs. A positional apnea approach (selection of pillows, sleep position, avoiding chin tucking, potentially trying a cervical collar) may help avoid some of this. Here is a link to get started.

http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...tors%20and

The other main thing I noted is that there are some periods where your pressure is maxing out and the machine wants to go to higher pressure. This could be advantageous if it helps and doesn't cause other issues like aerophagia, leaks etc. If you have pressure limited because you know it causes issues then leave as is otherwise I would increase max pressure to 17 or 18 cm to see if that helps at all.
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RE: OSCAR Data Interpretation Request
Hello,

Thank you so much, this is a very enlightening response and I will give your recommendations a try!
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