I have central apnea as well and I am being Treated at BI in Boston. They are using a novel treatment with a regular cpap instrument. It involves modifying the mask so it’s not vented and including a length of vent hose as a co2 trap. The objective is to slightly increase the rebreathing of co2 to trigger the resipitiry response. I find it extremely effective. I would not try to do this your self but it may be worth looking into.
I am talking about huge puffy bags under my eyes It looks like a small golf ball under the skin. My eye lid is also very puffy. I am not talking about my eyeball itself.
I need some advice. I am a relatively new CPAP user but I am experiencing major under eye and eye lid edema when I wake up. I am using a F&P Simplus Med full face mask (I have a very good fit with no leaks).
I have tried adjusting it from tight to very loose and with the loose fitting it seems to help the eye edema a little bit.
I am thinking the shape of the mask pressing against my face is impleading tissue fluid from draining normally (just my theory). I am thinking a smaller mask may help.
unfortunately my nose is often stuffed up so I do not think I could go with a nasal mask. I did see the new Resmed F30 mask and they are calling that one of the new minimal contact full face masks. This may be worth a try.
What do people think? Has this issue of eye edema come up before?
thank you for any help you can give me..
its odd they did not give me a ASV in the first place. Is there a big difference in price from a Cpap and a ASV?
What are the pros and cons of the using a Cpap with the dead space vs. the ASV device? Note I did do a sleep study with the mask with the dead space so they could come up with the correct length and pressure (BI in Boston). This is a major teaching hospital in Boston and I wonder why they are messing with this dead space method to increase CO2 rather than use the ASV?
Also is a normal AHI all we are after? If increasing CO2 results in a normal AHI that's great but how healthy is it to breath normally with less O2 (and more CO2)? How do we know its not out of check and the CO2 is to high.
Thank you for the advice
Long story short I never new I had Sleep Apnea. About 4 months ago I came down with Atrial Fib and the doctor said I should have a sleep study as folks with AFib often have Apnea. Long story short they said I did have Sleep Apnea and send me home with a Philips machine.
Now my problem. They said I need to use a Non vented mask. In fact they sent me the normal vented mask with instructions saying I have to tape up the holes above the nose. About 30 inches down the hose there is an in line vent of some sort. They said the objective is to increase my CO2 levels during the night. Well I feel like I am suffocating (I sort of am if I am rebreathing my air). I wake up with headaches and do not feel good (I felt much better with no machine). The Drs say I need more time using it as its only been a week. I have a report from last night saying I had 3.9 AHI (16 total clear airway apneas, 3 total Obstructive Apneas, 11 total Hypopneas) can someone translate this for me?
IF the above apnea events are acceptable could I be feeling bad due to the CO2?
any advice would be appreciated.