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Do I really need a Cpap?

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Emath +0 points · almost 2 years ago Original Poster

So I just completed a sleep study. First one was just a sleep study with out a machine which determined I needed a second with a Cpap machine. Apparently my apnea index was 57 and my oxygen levels dropped to about 78%. The said that is considered severe and strongly recommend a Cpap machine. Is a machine strongly recommended consistently with scores like this?

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · almost 2 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

Hi Emath,

My numbers were similar and although i desperately wish it were otherwise it would have been very difficult to get back to a safe place regarding fatigue and long term health risks without a CPAP machine.

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Sierra +0 points · almost 2 years ago Sleep Patron

An AHI OF 0 TO 5 is considered to be normal. 5 to 15 is mild apnea, 15 to 30 is moderate, and more than 30 is severe apnea. Yes a PAP machine is your best choice. I would try to get an automatic model, or APAP. IF you are paying for it yourself you probably can get on at a lower price on line, compared to buying it from a sleep clinic.

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Bigmike52 +0 points · almost 2 years ago

The side effects of OSA with no treatment are coronary problems, high blood pressure, diabetes to name a few but the biggest in my opinion is driving while drowsy, as besides killing you, it can kill other innocent people. The benefit of getting therapy is hopefully avoiding all the above and in my case living long enough to hold, hug and love my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Priceless!

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