Diagnosed with Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)? How's therapy going?
Millions of people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea,the vast majority of whom are believed to be under the subgroup OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).
There is a minority of sufferers however who fall under the subgroup of CSA (Central Sleep Apnea), a subgroup that is relatively new in scientific terms.
In fact if I am not mistaken, Mayo Clinic was one of the first organizations who published a paper on CSA.
At any rate, I am a CSA patient and keenly interested in this subject.
My intention behind posting this is to find if there are others like me here who have been medically diagnosed for CSA and if so, how their therapy is going? What machine (if any) has been prescribed and how they are feeling about their therapy.
In my case I have been prescribed a ASV BiPAP machine which I find very effective.
I do not always stop breathing when asleep but occasionally I do. In fact some nights I can go through most of the night without any interruptions and then boom, I stop breathing and wake up.
Before I was on ASV therapy, I was not able to get a good night asleep for years and now I can't even imagine to go to bed without masking up.
What I like about my machine is that it does not keep blowing air pressure down my throat. but rather it only acts if I stop breathing more than an average of 10 breaths per minute. This way I only get therapy when I need it and that is great as I won't be able to fall asleep with positive air pressure blowing in my face.
Anyway, it would be great to hear from fellow CSA patients,