Four months in, needing help interpreting data

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xcountrygal
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Re: Four months in, needing help interpreting data

Post by xcountrygal » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:49 am

Thanks Pugsy! I was coming to that conclusion myself. I wasn't sure whether having such an active flow limitation graph was perhaps resulting in low O2 levels. Do you think it would benefit me to get O2 readings for a night or two? (I would have to get an oxometer and figure out how to use it :? - not happening today as we are snowbound in Wisconsin!)
On the otherhand, I am not sure I really want to know if there is no way to fix that. With the latest sleep studies even when my AHI was 47 (without mouthguard), my oxygen levels didn't really dip below 90 much at all.

I guess I am hoping that a ffm with the new MAD might be the best combo - dreamwear ffm coming soon!

Thanks for all of your time and help!

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Pugsy
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Re: Four months in, needing help interpreting data

Post by Pugsy » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:01 am

Yeah I heard you had a big mess in the weather...
I am in SW Missouri...Friday night we had tornados and bad thunder boomers...and today it snowed. Go figure.
Didn't stick but snow of any sort here in mid April is really unusual.

You know if you didn't have significant oxygen level drops with untreated AHI of 47...it's really unlikely that with treated OSA that it would be worse now on the machine.
And remember whatever those FLs are doing now and/or why/what is causing them....they were also present at the time of the recent study without cpap at all.

I don't know that you really need to go buying one of those overnight pulse oximeters. If your O2s didn't get bad without cpap...I just don't see it worsening with cpap.
But....for peace of mind...ask your doctor to order an overnight pulse ox test and the DME can do it...and insurance should pay for it if the DME even charges for me which often they don't even charge. That's what I did...I asked my DME to ask my doctor for the test just for my own peace of mind and they did all the reading and stuff and I didn't have to mess with it.
The reason I wanted the peace of mind...pre cpap my O2 levels went to 73%...I just wanted to make sure.
But any reason you might want peace of mind is a good enough reason to do it.
I can't see your DME or doctor having a problem ordering it.
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xcountrygal
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Re: Four months in, needing help interpreting data

Post by xcountrygal » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:26 am

Hi Pugsy:
Good idea! My DME has been most unhelpful :cry: . However, I think I can get the Dr. Office to order it for me. I have had to sic the Dr. Office on the DME several times already - DME can't seem to look beyond the AHI number which has been low from day one even tho I felt like a truck had run over me for at least the first month and was having major problems with mask fits. Still climbing out of that hole.
Off to shovel :D :D

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Re: Four months in, needing help interpreting data

Post by zonker » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:42 am

xcountrygal wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:01 pm
Zonker: I have tried the headband trick, but will have to try it again - just don't want to change too many variables at once until I can figure out what might work or not.
absolutely! it's always best to make changes one at a time.

good luck!