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40 days in and seem to being doing OK
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It's almost been 40 days and I seem to be doing OK.  Sleepyhead summary is attached.  I have a follow-up sleep study next week and then will meet with my RX the following week.  I've been on a loaner machine up until this point and he will prescribe me a permanent machine when we meet.  Question ... why would anyone get a CPAP machine rather than an APAP?  My understanding is that APAP machines can function as CPAPs if needed?  Want to have as much info as needed when I meet with my RX.  Appreciate the help
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Wow! Welcome. Those numbers are great. Keep up the good work.

As for your machine question: I would never go for a straight cpap/bipap, because I feel like my needs change day to day (diet, exercise, alcohol, altitude, etc). For some people they prefer a single setting. Since you can always set an APAP into straight CPAP mode, I would always go APAP.
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Hello and welcome here,

Your numbers look great, you are doing well, congratulations!

CPAPs are cheaper than APAPs, so I think it's a matter of what your insurance allows you to buy. Also, some people do better on fixed pressure, so they are doing ok with their CPAP only, but you are right, it makes more sense to get an APAP if that is possible at all. Some doctors will automatically prescribe CPAP unless the patient asks specifically for an auto capable machine.
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Actually, insurance companies pay exactly the same to a DME/supplier whether it be a Cpap or Apap.

The difference is that your supplier makes  more of a profit by giving you the Cpap.

It may work differently for you since you are from Canada, but I would definitely get the Apap since you never know what your needs will be down the road.

Your numbers are excellent!
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With results like that, I wouldn't change a thing, and yet if you are prescribed CPAP, you will lose the upper and lower end of the therapy pressures that are working for you. Your pressure ranges from 7-13 with an apparent 90% pressure of about 9.8. That is what they would set the CPAP at. I'd push hard to keep APAP.
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#6
Hi pcplus2,
Sounds like you are off to a great start, CONGRATULATIONS.!
I would get an AutoPAP, you can always set it to a fixed pressure if you need to, but you will also have the ability to set a range of pressures as well, (for example, 7/20 Cm H2O,) all in one machine, cool.
Keep up the good work, good luck to you as you continue your CPAP therapy and also with your sleep study.
trish6hundred
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