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PS: Time and aging also contribute to needing more pressure. I had been on the machine five years and had not gained weight when I had another apnea event that was significant enough to create chest pain for a few days. I had just aged and needed more pressure. Love losing weight and exercising though, also playing the harmonica and singing all help to lower the pressure.
Cool link, I am adding the hyper part to it here. sourceforge.net/projects/sleepyhead
I no longer have insurance and after losing the 50 pounds I started lowering my machine myself a point at a time and then watching the readout to make sure I wasn't having any apnea events. Once the air pressure felt comfortable and didn't give me a head ache, I stopped there and did not try to lower it further to induce apnea. I am still waking in good shape and not running to the restroom five times a night.
It isn't illegal to adjust your own machine. And I would not recommend a newbie mess with it, but since you are going to see the doctor so soon, you might try to drop it a point or two and see if it makes you feel better. The doc might yell at you, but they can help you determine if you need another sleep study or how far you should experiment with lowering the pressure. Best of luck with this.
Edited by: GRAMMACATHY at: 1/18/2013 (02:07)
Hang in and try not to let the Zombitus sabotage your diet and exercise. It's much easier said than it is to do. For me the lack of sleep just made everything hard really really hard. Diet went poof, exercise Ha Ha Ha, work took me longer to get things done and I made dumb mistakes, stress everything was stress. A day at a time, celebrate the small successes, make time for yourself, get in to see your doc, and just don't give up.
I too am having issues with my CPAP.. My pressure was raised twice last winter and spring. This summer I lost 50 pounds and the Doc dropped my pressure by quite a bit. I now find it stifling and can't get through the night with it. I know its a pressure problem since it happened to me about two years ago. I've got an app in a couple weeks. Till them I'm just making that extra double effort to keep the darn thing on. I have days now where I feel better than I have in a very long time but I'm just plain tired.
For the CPAP data SleepyHead software can read the SD cards of the following machines:
* Supports Philips Respironics System One Machines
* Supports ResMed S9 CPAP machines
* Supports DeVilbiss Intellipap machines
* Supports Contec CMS50 Oximeters
It can be found at http://sourceforge.net/projects/sleepyhead
CATHY has a good point. As you gain or lose weight you may have to have your pressure adjusted. How long have you been using the machine? And though I have to say I KNOW I sleep better (ppl say I no longer snore, I rarely feel the need to nap), I am definitely not a bundle of energy or anything. I WISH.
Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing all the while expecting different results.
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Hi everyone!! Just introducing my sleep-deprived self. I'm Lana and lately even the machine doesn't help. I still don't sleep well. Sooooo tired...
Lana, taking life one day at a time, working through pain and stress towards a more healthy me :)