Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

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Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by amanda.s » Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:29 am

Hi Everyone!

I am looking for advice. I've been using my machine for 4 years. 6 weeks ago my AHI numbers started increasing. They used to be more around 1 and are now 2+ and I started having symptoms of feeling more tired and the last 3 weeks I am waking with a headache. I did not change anything in this time and am confused about why my AHI would have increased. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love suggestions.

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Amanda

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Re: Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by lynninnj » Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:02 pm

amanda.s wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:29 am
Hi Everyone!

I am looking for advice. I've been using my machine for 4 years. 6 weeks ago my AHI numbers started increasing. They used to be more around 1 and are now 2+ and I started having symptoms of feeling more tired and the last 3 weeks I am waking with a headache. I did not change anything in this time and am confused about why my AHI would have increased. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love suggestions.

Thanks,

Amanda
Where on/in your head are the headaches?

Any recent change in meds?
Recent dental work?
Injuries?

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Re: Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by amanda.s » Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:34 pm

Headaches are on the side squeezing. They remind me of the headaches I had prior to getting diagnosed and on CPAP. No med changes, dental work or injuries. I feel like the headaches are because my AHI has increased a lot because of what I'm used to.

Amanda

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Re: Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by Julie » Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:42 pm

Your AHI has possibly increased due to the headaches which may have a completely different origin - strongly suggest you see a doctor and not take guesses from people here.

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Re: Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by lynninnj » Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:00 pm

amanda.s wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:34 pm
Headaches are on the side squeezing. They remind me of the headaches I had prior to getting diagnosed and on CPAP. No med changes, dental work or injuries. I feel like the headaches are because my AHI has increased a lot because of what I'm used to.

Amanda
If it feels like a vice at your temples it’s probably TMJ. Not sure if thats what you mean by “on the sides”.

I felt despair going from 1.3 to 1.9 and I have no idea why.

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Re: Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by Julie » Fri Aug 05, 2022 3:51 pm

Even if advice is based on personal experience, it's usually best to suggest a doctor's visit - TMJ a far cry from 'probable' as a diagnosis of her issue.

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Re: Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by lynninnj » Fri Aug 05, 2022 5:17 pm

Julie wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 3:51 pm
Even if advice is based on personal experience, it's usually best to suggest a doctor's visit - TMJ a far cry from 'probable' as a diagnosis of her issue.
While I am assuredly a cpap newbie, my TMJ headaches started around 2008. 14 years into it I don’t need to ask a doctor if the strap on my coap mask is the cause of my headaches acting up again. I struggle with it for a week or two after every dental cleaning.

But yeah, ask your doctor.

And if it feels like a vice on your forehead I suggest you ask your dentist.

Good luck Amanda.

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Re: Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by amanda.s » Fri Aug 05, 2022 5:39 pm

I will check in with my doctor next week. I am attaching a copy of my from OSCAR from last night. Does anyone have any suggestions about how I could lower my AHI? My AHI has consistently been much higher than it usually is, with no changes that I know of to cause it.
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Re: Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by dataq1 » Fri Aug 05, 2022 5:46 pm

MY experience with morning headaches was the result on chronic low oxygen saturation.
YMMV
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Re: Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by ozij » Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:48 pm

amanda.s wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:29 am
I did not change anything in this time
Time (age) may have changed you.
amanda.s wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 5:39 pm
Does anyone have any suggestions about how I could lower my AHI?
Try raising your minimal pressure. It's set at 8.2, but you're spending more than half your time at a pressure of 10.38, or above it.

Look at the change in your median (50%) pressure during the recent 6 weeks - and aim to get your minimum to something in the vicinity.
The time you're presently spending on the low side creates an opening [...bad choice of word...] for apneas and hypopneas to happen.
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Re: Advice Needed- Waking up with Headaches

Post by Architect » Sat Aug 06, 2022 6:41 pm

Julie wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 3:51 pm
Even if advice is based on personal experience, it's usually best to suggest a doctor's visit.
I agree, consult with doctor, I get headaches for all types of reasons.