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Thumper2, October 29,  2018  11:56am EST

Getting over sleep apnea?

I have used a CPAP for almost 3 years.  On my ResMed account, I noticed that the number of hourly "events" I was having overnight was usually 2 or fewer.  When I went on a trip to Europe and didn't use my CPAP, I couldn't say that I felt a difference.   I resumed using it, but wondered if somehow my system had "improved" so that I no longer needed to use CPAP.   I was given an overnight oxygen (oximetry) test, which showed that, without the CPAP, my oxygen levels were not dropping, and I was told I no longer needed the CPAP!   So, I'm going off it and will see if I feel any different over time.

Have any of you had a similar experience?  

Thumper2 (Judy)

 

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  • Edhammer
    Edhammer, October 29,  2018  12:11pm EST

    Judy,

    No Cpap here, but hoping that you may be able to get rid of it. Anytime we can safely drop devices and medication is a time to celebrate.

    ed

  • DkinAA
    DkinAA, October 30,  2018  7:01am EST

    Interesting- what was your event rate when you first started? I’ve noticed my sleeping posture has a lot to do with event rate - much higher if I’m on my back versus on my side. Could you have changed your usual posture?? Also I’ve learned that apnea was first noticed as a problem for overweight people - so maybe if you’ve lost weight?

    let us know how it goes!

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, October 30,  2018  8:45am EST

    DkinAA, when I first started CPAP therapy iin Jan 2015, my events per hour were 31.  So they certainly have come down!  As for my sleep posture, I definitely sleep better on either side; sometimes I can also sleep on my back.  My weight hasn't changed much in the past few years.  My BMI (body mass index) is 27, which seems OK for my age (81). Using a treadmill has really been helpful (and I've been reading a lot of novels on my Kindle, while walking).  In a couple of days, I will have my annual visit with my EP's PA, and am looking forward to seeing what my EKG will show.

    Thumper2  (Judy)

  • MellanieSAF
    MellanieSAF, October 30,  2018  1:53pm EST

    Interesting, Judy. The only time I've heard of sleep apnea getting better is when people lose weight. Any idea why it would have improved? Have you had a recent sleep study that would indicate your actual number of events without the CPAP? (The goal of the CPAP is to get your events under 3 per hour.)

    Mellanie

  • Spencer
    Spencer, October 30,  2018  7:20pm EST

    Can I put this out?  I have been using the RedMed for about six months now, my seal is good but my AHIs are over ten/hour (last night it was 17.1).  I have done two in hospital sleep studies and a third that I am waiting for the results on.  I am not sure the CPAP is working for.

     

    Spencer

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, October 31,  2018  9:37am EST

    Mellanie, I suspect that daily walking on my treadmill has been helpful to my heart and perhaps also my sleep apnea.  Tomorrow I will have my annual visit to my EP's PA, and I'm looking forward to seeing if my EKG shows heart improvement.   My last sleep study was over a year ago (that was the one showing 31 events).  I had two previous sleep studies with the pulmonologist who was no help whatsoever and whom I no longer see.   I now see a neurologist who is helpful.   In my ResMed results for the last 30 days, five events are slightly over 3 (but not over 4); the rest are less than 3.  

    Thanks for your statement:  "(The goal of the CPAP is to get your events under 3 per hour.)"   This is the first time I have heard this.

    Thumper2 (Judy)

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