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Tcrow81
Unread post  Post subject: Sleep Studies and Our Conditions  |  Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:31 am

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I have had 2 sleep studies completed. I had one completed at the USAF Academy in 2012 and was diagnosed overall with OSA. The report does show Central issues though also. Again in 2015 at the Denver VA I had another sleep study conducted and was diagnosed with OSA. The new report again also shows issue with Central problems. Just wondering why the doctors seems to be focused on my main problem being OSA when it seems that I have Complex or Hybrid sleep apnea. Thanks in advance for the help and advice.


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Hi Tcrow81,
WELCOME! to the forum.! Hang in there for answers to your questions. Good luck to you with your CPAP therapy.


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Tcrow81
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Studies and Our Conditions  |  Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:55 pm

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Please see the image. I just got these results back from the VA. I have been told all my problems where from my Sleep Apnea. This seems to go way beyond that.


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diamaunt
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Tcrow81 wrote:
Just wondering why the doctors seems to be focused on my main problem being OSA when it seems that I have Complex or Hybrid sleep apnea. Thanks in advance for the help and advice.

you'd have to ask them.

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Tcrow81
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Studies and Our Conditions  |  Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:38 pm

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diamaunt wrote:
Tcrow81 wrote:
Just wondering why the doctors seems to be focused on my main problem being OSA when it seems that I have Complex or Hybrid sleep apnea. Thanks in advance for the help and advice.

you'd have to ask them.



It is the VA. They haven't been very helpful. Just found out about this board. In analyzing my own data from my machine it seems that I still have a mixed segment of OSA and CA even on my machine. I am no expert though.


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you are a veteran hopefully you are not just dealing with your primary care provider...thoughts:any chest or nerve injuries? that could have affected your ability to breath deeply. Are you "seriously" overweight? Again not able to breath deeply.
Afghan/Iraq vets are being authorized a service connection for sleep apnea - of course you have to file to VBA.
Would be nice if you can get the radiologist to review your x rays with you - some are more than happy to. Interesting that x ray report 2 years after cpap shows the atelectasis when the 15 of pressure would presume to help with that....
Is the cpap working for you? are the AHI's variable from sleeping on back to sides? Mine were big time. If you are on your back with high AHI's get on your sides. Ask for another sleep study!


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Tcrow81
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onemoretime wrote:
you are a veteran hopefully you are not just dealing with your primary care provider...thoughts:any chest or nerve injuries? that could have affected your ability to breath deeply. Are you "seriously" overweight? Again not able to breath deeply.
Afghan/Iraq vets are being authorized a service connection for sleep apnea - of course you have to file to VBA.
Would be nice if you can get the radiologist to review your x rays with you - some are more than happy to. Interesting that x ray report 2 years after cpap shows the atelectasis when the 15 of pressure would presume to help with that....
Is the cpap working for you? are the AHI's variable from sleeping on back to sides? Mine were big time. If you are on your back with high AHI's get on your sides. Ask for another sleep study!

I will start seeing a specialist on the 13th of this month. I am service connected for my apnea. The cpap seems to be working. Depending on the night my AHI varies from the low 1's to mid to high 5's. This xray was just done because I have been having low Spo2 readings ranging from as low as 68% to 91-94%. What the xray tech is thinking is that I have had this issue with my lung since I got injured in 2012 and now my left lung is tired from having to compensate for the right lung. Hopefully I will learn more on the 13th. It has been rough with my doctor saying it was all my sleep apnea and now it seems that there was also underlying issues. You asked about weight. I have added on a couple veteran pounds. In the Army I was about 220. I am 5'11" and carry my weight decently. I do have a bigger beer gut now, but not sure how adding only roughly 20 lbs would do this to my lung.


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