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kamelia777 +0 points · 15 days ago Original Poster

I have complex sleep apnea and was prescribed a Philips Respironics Bi-PAP ST machine. My AHI numbers with this machine were very random, anywhere from 8 to 30 with no known reason why. I then had a titration sleep study done at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to see if they could answer why my numbers were so random. The doctor there recommended a ResMed ASV, as I did well with that in the titration sleep study. When I submitted the doctor's prescription for that machine, I was told that I could not change machines because I hadn't had the Bi-PAP ST long enough per Medicare rules. Instead, I was given a different Philips Respironics machine, a BiPAP auto SV, which supposedly does the same thing as the ResMed ASV. I've had the BiPAP auto SV just over a week, and my AHI numbers are great--below 5 every night. However, it turns out I suffer from aerophagia (swallowing air), and I generally wake up after 2 to 3 hours with a very painful stomach and abdomen. It takes a few hours to go back to sleep because I'm in so much pain and need to wait until the gas escapes by the usual routes. Does anyone have experience with this issue? From what I've read, the auto machine is best for complex/central sleep apnea, and yet this option causes me pain from swallowing air, which is something I do not realize I am doing.

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Sierra +0 points · 11 days ago Sleep Patron

I just have a standard APAP machine, but have never had the issue with aerophagia. My current pressure is 11 cm. It seems to be more of a problem as the pressure goes up. I think most just get used to it over time, but if there are any opportunities to reduce pressure that may help.

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Dude +0 points · 6 days ago

Sounds like your IPAP pressure is too high. What is your IPAP pressure now? You have an Aircurve Vauto..which is the one I have. I can walk you through it.

https://www.sleepfiles.com/OSCAR/

Download this software.... and we'll take it from there. We need to see how the therapy is working. Without OSCAR we have no way of knowing.

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