Hi Morgan. Welcome to the forum! I can certainly relate to what you describe. I was diagnosed a number of years ago with sleep apnea. Prior to diagnosis and treatment, I fell asleep while driving. Thank goodness nobody was hurt, but that was my wake up call to talk to my doctor about how tired I was. I had a lot of difficulty staying awake unless I was moving around. It was not uncommon for me to fall asleep if I was doing anything that required me to sit still. I almost never made it through a movie, and I often fell asleep while reading. Treatment definitely improved my ability to stay awake, and I am much less tired now that my sleep apnea is treated. Losing weight seems to be easier because I have more energy, but I would not say that treatment of my sleep apnea actually caused weight loss. My general mood also improved quite a bit. While treatment for me was initially challenging, I eventually succeeded and have used my CPAP for well over 10 years now. Best wishes with your second sleep study, and please keep us posted on your progress. The forum is a great place for support if you have questions!
Thanks, Wiredgeorge! Summer was pretty busy with travel and work. I'm going to try to get back to contributing more often!
From the screenshots, it looks like your AHI is good at 1.34. The goal is usually to get AHI to under 5. Water in the tube can depend on a number of factors like temperature of the room, humidifier and heated tube settings, and humidity in the room. Sleeptech and wiredgeorge provided some good ideas to try.
I agree with Manny. I think it is less common to see increased blood pressure unless the CPAP use is causing anxiety. It is more common that blood pressure might be lower in the morning after waking up. Please do consider contacting your physician for advice.
Hi Manny. I could be wrong, but I think the SD cards record an identifier (like serial number) associated with each machine. I'm not sure how to overcome the issue you are having. Have considered contacting ResMed's technical support to see if they can assist? Otherwise, it might be that you need to use a single machine until you show compliance.
Hi Snuffie. I think calling your equipment provider or your sleep physician might be a good idea. Sometimes there are simple changes that can be made. I know you mentioned in another post that you turned off the ramp feature, but you mention that you "feel the uncomfortable pressure" when you put your mask on. It might be that turning the ramp feature back on but having your physician prescribe a higher ramp pressure might be helpful. When I first started using CPAP, I had a ramp pressure of 4 cm, and I felt like I was not getting quite enough air. But my higher treatment pressure was uncomfortable for falling asleep. An adjustment to my ramp pressure gave me enough air to keep me from feeling suffocated and allowed me to fall asleep more comfortably before my machine reached my prescribed pressure. You might have also read some other posts here on the Forum that talk about wearing CPAP outside of the bedroom for practice being helpful. The therapist who set up my machine told me about this trick, and it really did help me adjust. I wore my CPAP in the living room while watching television, and it helped me adjust to the feeling of the mask and the air pressure. Hope this helps!
Hi snuffie. You are most welcome, and glad to know that you have found the forum here!
Many sites have tried to restrict the sale of some of these items, so I don't know how much luck you will have trying to sell them. If all else fails, you might consider donating anything that is new/unopened. Some equipment providers and organizations have programs that try to help supply machines and equipment to people who do not have insurance or resources to purchase these items.
Hi KindPinkGuanaco. Good to see that you are monitoring your AHI, mask leak, and oxygen levels. If you can get a better mask seal, then great. Most modern machines are capable of compensating for minor mask leak. If your AHI continues to be a little high, it might be worth considering asking your physician about a slight pressure change to see if it helps. Best wishes!
Congrats on finding a mask that works! That can be half of the battle with treatment!