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[-] 98taco3 +0 points · 9 months ago

Hows it going? Ive recently gotten the results from my sleep study and something doesnt seem to add up to me. My mother who's been a nurse for 30+ years seems to agree. Id like to ask if anyone else has experienced something like this and what the probability of this being bad data is?

Ive been told I have a Rem-Related AHI of 103 and a Non-Rem of 165 with an oxygen saturation of 93 during Rem and 92 Non-Rem. Looks like the overall AHI was 154.7.

This also showed a Central Apnea Index of 123.9.

The oxygen saturation only increased a few percentage points while on CPAP during the study. Looks like the apnea indexes improved for a short while to 76.8 but increased back up into the 120s-150s.

No other issues noticed in the cardiac data

Being able to function during the day (despite being exhausted) seems to contradict these findings. Am I off in thinking something is up with the data? I would think that these sorts of numbers, if correct, would result in me being unable to function day to day or would have resulted in serious health issues.

Any thoughts on this? I do have another sleep study scheduled with a Bipap ASC to see whats going on but its a few weeks out due to insurance unfortunately.

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[-] DanM +0 points · 9 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

As a technologist who has performed a number of sleep studies over the years, I can say that I have seen numbers similar to yours. Some patients have severe events but do not necessarily have oxygen desaturations to the low levels we sometimes hear about. Without actually seeing the study, it is difficult to say if the data is accurate, but I can say it is not impossible. There are many people with sleep apnea who do generally function well without treatment. I learned to compensate with caffeine for many years before my own apnea was treated. I have also seen patients with very severe sleep apnea insist prior to a study that they sleep just fine and do not have apnea. I'm glad to see that you are on the track to getting some answers, and please let us know how your BiPAP study goes. Best wishes as you take the next steps!

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