61 Year old male, 6' 175# → BMI 24, very active. CPAP therapy started July 2022.
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Pillow (or other): I've read about using a cervical collar to help prevent some forms of obstructive apnea. It seems to me that the problem which being fixed would be caused/exacerbated by a pillow. How about not even using a pillow?
Congestion: One big current problem with PAP is that it seems to make me congested. When I tried a nasal-only mask, after a couple of hours, I could not even breathe through my nose, so it was kind of game over. With the full-face masks, it seems I have better luck, but it is still an issue. In fact, most times when I wake after my ~3hrs of PAP sleep, the auto has cranked the pressure way up, and I have had a series of various events and often large leaks. This makes me feel like the PAP is making things worse, not better.
I certainly have read about other PAP people having issues with congestion, unsure if I have seen much about the PAP being the cause. I few nights I tried using Breathe Right strips, which seemed to help, but then I felt like I was adding too many variables into my treatment and decided to just continue with drudgery as is.
Sierra - Thanks so much for responding. I have been traveling and will be back home after the holidays. This all seems like a big mess. I beleive job one, is to get used to the PAP so I can get more consistent data. I may even continue with that on the prescribed setup until my sleep doctor revisit. At that point, I may decide to go on more self-directed (with help from forums).
Thanks again, more to come after I get home. Eric
Newbie here. Diagnosed with mild OSA. 2 months into PAP therapy (Resmed 11 on Auto 8-18 with full-time EPR=3), just trying to get used to it. SO much angst, so many questions, but let me start with some basics.
My sleep study was rough, but perhaps representative of my sleep: ~3.5hrs of sleep with OAI=0.0, CAI=2.1, HI=10.2, for AHI of 12.3. Although the Dr did not look at anything but the study summary results, he said absolutely I have Obstructive sleep apnea. Up to now, I feel that I have been in an adjustment phase, but I may be turning the corner in getting used to the PAP. I am retrieving and reviewing OSCAR data. So far, each night is pretty different.
My first question is, where is the best place to get more detailed review of OSCAR data?
Forums like this seem to be the only option I have found, and I am generally impressed with what I read. But, it seems as part of my medical treatment, someone should be interested in reviewing the data that is available. I do not see my Dr. doing it. I talked briefly with sleep techs, but they do not seem to be in a position to help. I though maybe the PAP (DME) supplier might help, but that is not the case.
My experience (and what I have read in forums) seems to indicate that the doctors are just like, you have X try a PAP and we will go from there. Is that how it really works? I now feeling like there is no general practice of reviewing the available data.
My second question is a bit more related to my specific condition, but I want to run a baseline with the PAP at minimal pressure to have something to compare to. Does sound reasonable?
My initial OSCAR data review has yet to show clear patterns. CA, OA, UA, and H events often appear very similar. I'm assume the pressure ramp/release has lots of coding control behind it, but does not seem to make much difference in events. Still getting used to this mess. Seems I get into too much leaking with the high pressures. I'll show 2 nights below, but not really expecting much analysis as feel I'm still in the adjustment phase.
You may wonder why I only show 3-4 hours of sleep. This is my pattern. After this initial sleep phase. I do try to get back to sleep, and most often I can after 15minutes to 2hours. But this second sleep will be lots of tossing and turning. Upon the first wakening with the PAP, I'm often congested and fed up with the mask and do not even try wearing it. I'm hoping the 3-4 hours extends once I find the root cause and fix. I'm not convinced at this point that the fix will be the PAP device.
I am actually hoping the PAP will help, because I need help. My Dr said mild sleep apnea will not kill me. I told him my trending poor sleep and its consequences is absolutely UNSUSTAINABLE.