Forum · New to CPAP treatment

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[-] FaithfulCoffeeRam1805 +0 points · 5 months ago

Hello,

I just started my CPAP treatment this week, and so far the results have been all over the place as far as how many apneas an hour I'm having. I also have mild COPD. All in all, I'm having no trouble handling the treatment using a full face mask. I've worn it every night the entire night and all in all, I believe I'm feeling more energy during the day.

My apneas before CPAP were in the forty an hour range. I've used it for a week and the first night I had 15 an hour. The second night it increased to 26 an hour and then the next night, 28 an hour. I talked to my therapist and she recommended that I add oxygen. (I was always using two liters of oxygen before at night because of COPD).

The first night, I added one liter an hour and had 10 apneas. The next night, because of improvement, I added two liters of oxygen an hour and had 17 apneas an hour. That was actually last night.

All in all, I think I'm doing fine with the treatment. I guess this is just sort of an introduction to the forum.

Good to meet ya!

Chuck

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 5 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Thanks for sharing your story Chuck. The one thing I have noticed is that no two folks react to therapy the same way... some have dramatic instant improvements in sleep and for others, it is a process. I think self educating and tracking your sleep (I use the myair Resmed site feedback for this) helps you self direct. Can't comment about the added oxygen as I don't use it but keeping track of your results as you settle into an amount that is optimum seems the right course. I would take this slowly and not try and make adjustments too quickly but try things for a few days before moving around anywhere in therapy. Last, monitor your air leaks. For some, these allow apnea events as the pressure isn't sufficient to keep your airway open if air is coming out all over the mask due lack of seal or poor fit.

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[-] FaithfulCoffeeRam1805 +0 points · 5 months ago

Thanks for the reply! You seem to be the main one here who offers support and answers questions. I'll be becoming more active as I learn this CPAP process. So far, my air leaks seem non existent. I do wear my mask as tightly as I can stand it and still be able to sleep. I think you're right about tracking. A months data has got to be more telling than a week. I have a doctors appointment on Monday. Barring her changing something, I'll just keep going for a month, when I have another appointment with her.

Again, thanks for the reply!

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