Male aged 60+
Very Severe Apnea CPAP user since 2015
Nasal mask Pressure 12 Humidifier
I don't really know what I am talking about when it comes to CPAP details but 18 seems like a very high number.
When you say that dropping the pressure renders the treatment ineffective what do you mean?
I presume that at that pressure you are using a full face mask. If so have you tried using nasal pillows? In my experience they might enable you to drop the pressure and still get the desired results.
Anyways, I knows nothin" :)
Brilliantly written Sierra and I love the disclaimer. :)
I suspect that the underlying concept reflects on the nature of man nearly as much as it does on the potential of technology.
I can only vaguely comprehend all the options and details but it seems to me that the principal applies to almost everything that we have and use. Even your argument for the most advanced fully optioned machine because it provides better feedback is true of just about anything that is available on the market. Cars, washing machines, fridges, toasters ........... the list is endless.
They all have multiple options and menus and feedback loops that are essentially redundant to their real function. Once we get them home and finish playing with them we usually revert to the basic, simplest application and all those extra options are largely ignored. Yes it's fun to know they are there but there is also appeal in simplicity.
I think the choice will be fairly obvious once you have handled and used both machines.
No advice. Just feedback. I use the Phillips Nuance which seems quiet when it is seated properly which is not hard to achieve.
Of course i am getting old and hard of hearing so everything is relative. :)
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.
What you are proposing is not as radical as it might seem.
My numbers were a lot lower than yours (50+) but I did not follow through with most of the 'normal' processes.
The sleep specialist authorised a CPAP machine (which normally comes with fitting and training and followup adjustments etc) He had given me instructions for the sleep clinic to start at 12 but I asked them to show me how to access the settings then I simply picked up the machine and went interstate. Only returning some weeks later to finalise the paperwork which was effectively a lease of the machine from the public hospital for a nominal fee.
During those weeks I started at pressure of 11 and tried a few different masks till I found one that worked, then I increased the pressure night by night till the osa numbers dropped and I kept increasing it till the csa began to rise then I dropped the pressure back down till it was comfortable but safe.
I am not recommending this approach, but for me it was necessary at the time and it was effective.
This is the kind of query that this forum is really good at assisting with, but not me. There are far more qualified folk about who can provide detailed info especially once you have a machine and some feedback data.
I would encourage you to check back when there are more qualified responses.
The home test is the cheapest option and the least favoured for obvious reasons. The main push here is for sleep studies which cost a great deal more.
Do you doubt the CPAP gospel? Such heresy cannot be tolerated! :)
I have come to view Apnea as a single link in a short chain that acts as a binding shackle for many sufferers.
Some of the other links in that chain are age, weight, depression, hormone imbalance, inactivity and of course tiredness.
They all cycle around and compound each other. "Fixing" one problem without addressing the others won't solve the larger issues and some of the problems can't be fixed.
That is the gospel according to Biguglygremlin! :P
Ok the verdict is in! Removing the heated hose has stopped the pain.
The first heated hose kept shorting out the CPAP machine and the second heated hose kept shorting out my nose hairs! :O
Has anybody else had these issues?
What do I do about it? I need a non-zapping heated hose before winter returns or I will have to spend a fortune keeping the bedroom warm. Any suggestions?
Do you mind my asking a question? I suspect that most western countries have similar pharmaceutical practices but there are differences, so it would be interesting to know which country you hail from.