ELLENVH wrote:I had my first sleep study conducted in June 2011. I was very surprised to get the diagnosis of severe sleep apnea. I have snored my whole life and always loved to sleep - but I never thought I had sleep apnea. I guess wanting to take naps every day was "my normal". I just chalked it up to having two young children. Even though tired, I have always been able to function (knock on wood).
My apnea rate per hour was 0.4 and my hypopnea rate per hour was 2.4. The doctor was not concerned with those. My RERA rate per hour was 41. The doctor was very concerned with this. The lowest my oxygen dropped to was 89.0 but the report says my average baseline was 97.0 - so not worrisome.
The doctor is putting me on CPAP and said all my events were partial obstruction and tonsil removal might significantly benefit me. What do you all think? The doctor is an ENT who specializes in sleep at a very well respected hospital.
Then in July I went for my titration study and when the pressure was at 13 - I still had 5 RERA's in 33 minutes. The report said the results indicated a partially occluded airway, at CPAP mask pressure of 13 there were continued events with an RDI of 10.8 events/hour. The patient demonstrated obstructive apneas with oxyhemoglobin desaturation that was incompletely reversed by CPAP at 13.
The recommendation was to start at 14, monitor for adherence, and have another titration if needed.
We discussed the first study - but my appt to discuss the second one is not until October. This week I am going to the DME place to get the machine.
I don't completely understand what a a RERA is and how having my tonsils removed could stop them from occurring. Any insight is appreciated!
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