"I am going to buy another brand of a recording oximeter to verify
these numbers and then take them to a pulmonologist, but I want
opinions/thoughts in the meantime please and thank you for your time! :-)"
I bought my oximeter at Costco for under $50 and have never had a problem
with it. It sounds as if you may have issues beyond apnea as I do and mine
are that of an irregular heart beat. This can make the pulse rate erratic
but I've never had one below 40 bpm.
I use a CPAP device and mask and have sleep apnea so my condition is somewhat
different than yours. My pressure on the CPAP is at eight pounds.
While wearing the mask I seldom drop below 90% oxygen and I simply don't go for
one night without wearing the mask. Have been told that all it takes is
one event of apnea at the right time to stop breathing - forever. I'm 81
and have been using my CPAP for about three years. By the way, I have had
a lung lobe removed on my right side, and a lung section removed on my left side
- both from cancer and at different times within the past five years.
What you don't mention is going to a sleep clinic. I've been there
twice, once for diagnosis and then once for analysis for the best type of device
and pressures, etc. In the sleep clinic they have more than 20 different
wires hooked up to you so they monitor all of your body functions as you sleep
both by electronics and they also have a human behind one-way glass watching you
I've also gone through at least ten CPAP masks trying to find a good fit that
doesn't leak and that is a continuing problem that many people have. My
current mask is pretty good but am always on the lookout for a better fit.
I will tell you that I'm about 10 pounds overweight and when I was first
diagnosed with apnea I was more than 30 pounds overweight. Your number one
goal should be to get to your normal weight. Your second objective should
be to get into a sleep doctor who can direct you to a clinic. And finally,
wear your mask every night. If you don't, it could be fatal.