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Hi,

 

I have been using CPAP therapy since October 2010, approx 15 months now.

 

I still feel tired, especially whislt driving.  My wife has noticed episodes when using my machine that I appear to stop breathing, I have no chest movements.  On several occassions she shakes me to wake me up.  I have been looking on the web and wonder if I should be concerned.

 

I have an appointment with my sleep clinic in 3 weeks and was going to mention it then.  I am also booked in to do an oximeter test again.

 

Welcome any advice.

 

Mauro

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Thanks for the update Mauro.  Whilst the pulse oximeter has, fortunately, showed your sats to be normal, you could still be having apnoeas which don't last long enough to cause oxygen desats, but they could still cause your heart rate to rise if they're happening for shorter periods.  An overnight sleep study will certainly be the way forward to find out exactly what's going on, so let's hope that what the consultant suggests, and I would certainly push for this.  Do you have any way of checking your CPAP machine readings to see what your results are?

Hi Kath, thanks for the reply.  Do you know how to check my machine, I have a REMstar M Series?

 

I know they check the CPAP machine when I take it back for check ups to see how many hours I have been using it for, what else do they record?

It depends on whether you have a smart card in your machine.  Check the back of your machine and see if there's a card inserted.

Mauro Cipriani said:

Hi Kath, thanks for the reply.  Do you know how to check my machine, I have a REMstar M Series?

 

I know they check the CPAP machine when I take it back for check ups to see how many hours I have been using it for, what else do they record?

What did the medical staff consider higher than normal for the heart rate? Was it fluctuating or maintaining?  Are they going to do anything about it?

Hi, I'm not too sure what they thought was higher than normal, the print out looked at though it was maintaining.  The peaks were consistant.

Hi Kath,  there is no card slot on the machine.  I googled it and it only records total hours used.
 
Kath Hope said:

It depends on whether you have a smart card in your machine.  Check the back of your machine and see if there's a card inserted.

Mauro Cipriani said:

Hi Kath, thanks for the reply.  Do you know how to check my machine, I have a REMstar M Series?

 

I know they check the CPAP machine when I take it back for check ups to see how many hours I have been using it for, what else do they record?

That's a shame Mauro :(  Hopefully, one day they'll stop making these CPAPs with no other info except usage!

Mauro Cipriani said:

Hi Kath,  there is no card slot on the machine.  I googled it and it only records total hours used.
 

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