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ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
#21
RE: ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
It's clearing up pretty well there. Congrats.
Dave

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#22
RE: ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
To expand on Sleeprider's comment the ASV machines do not differentiate between obstructive and central apnea (or hypopnea). The only way you can get an idea of what kind of apnea these are is by interpreting the recovery breathing/flow rate chart like I did earlier (or posting zoomed in examples so we can help you do so). The reason is that the ASV operation interferes with the method that Resmed uses to determine type of apnea on more basic machines so they just flag them all as unknown.
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#23
RE: ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
Geer1, @sarcasticDave94, @sleeprider

Thanks for the feed back Geer, Dave, Sleeprider,
I do have a collar that does improve my Apnea, but I haven't figured out how to be comfortable enough to be able to sleep with it. So we'll see...
I will start another Thread that starts with my new baseline and then the Forum and I will titrate "me" over time.
Rich
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#24
RE: ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
Collars are easy. Put it on and instead of taking it off figure out how to sleep.

I was forced to get used to mine. Fractured my neck 7.5 weeks ago and have been wearing one practically 24/7 since. It's only a mild annoyance now. Biggest annoyance tight now is that I have been waiting 12 days now for someone to review my imaging and say if I can remove collar...

For me finding a different pillow arrangement was key. At first I just pretty much placed head flat on bed with a pillow on each side (only a very thin edge from each side underneath supporting neck). I now use a thinner pillow and that works OK, too thick of a pillow and a collar is a tough combo to get used to cause necks aren't supposed to bend that way.
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#25
RE: ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
Geer1, thanks for the encouragement,

Okay,
I will try the collar off and on and see the differences in OSCAR.  
I thought I'd NEVER get used to a CPAP 20 years ago and now I choose to sleep with my ASV ever night!

Rich
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#26
RE: ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
The key is no off and on, just on. Make it work.

If it is no help after you get used to it then can consider stopping use.

It's just like starting cpap. If you only commit half way can take months to get used to, commit fully and only takes weeks.
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#27
RE: ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
Geer1,
Thanks.
Like going to the GYM, I don't want to go until after I get back and feel so good.

Call all courage...
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#28
RE: ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
I agree with the collar. The first time I tried, I gave up after 30 minutes because it was so odd. Now I can't sleep without it because even with a FFM, the jaw drop causes leaks that wake me or dry mouth or a nostril blocks because I'm not breathing through my nose properly... Just... yeah, bite the bullet. You'll adjust, just as you did with xPAP.
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#29
RE: ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
Thanks Ratchick,
I think I was expecting to do it right ALL NIGHT the first time.
I'm committing to start with collar, then start again and again...
I will take in your confidence Geer, Ratchick, Sleeprider, Dave...

does this look like the right size? (one size fits all)

   
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#30
RE: ASV Machine and COVID Symptoms
I have yet to use one, but I think the right size gives the results you're going after. Not allowing jaw drop or chin tuck, etc. while not creating negative things like pulling the jaw backwards.
Dave

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Standard OSCAR Chart Order
Mask Primer
Dealing With A DME
Soft Cervical Collar Wiki
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEBSITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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