Hi Travelmail, I agree with afrontive. Stop and go erases any progress, and so does dare I say, switching doctors, although you may have many reasons for this. My pulmonary/sleep apnea guy considers anything over a 5 AHI not good for me. Not a failure, because success with this therapy is relative for all of us depending on our health overall and other conditions that we may have. I’m 6’ and 190 pounds and walk almost every day for 40 minutes to an hour. My sleep apnea was discovered after I got afib from breathing too shallow at night for many, many years. Seems like my entire adult life I’ve always awakened tired and I could only sleep 4 to 5 hours per night. I I attributed it to my always very stressful jobs in the magazine business.
It took no less than 3 months for me to see progress from using my bipap machine, but now, two years down the road I’m sleeping much better. This morning I got up after 8-1/2 hours of great restorative sleep—straight through. My sleep successes built on one another as I started with four hours straight through then five hours, six hours, etc. I still hate wearing the mask (haven’t really found a great one for me), and the cleaning is endless, as is the ordering of new masks and supplies (the rubber piece around the mask seems to wear out in less than six months). I still have a problem with dry mouth. Overall, it’s a pain in the butt! But the restorative sleep, and the deep breathing I get throughout the night is wonderful. Keeps me breathing beautifully throughout the day. My pressure is 12/8 (unlike the CPAP which is one constant pressure, the BiPAP is two pressures, one inhaling and one exhaling). My advice would be to give it a try for six months or more and see what happens.