Hey guys, new to the forum. Here's my story:
So I had a sleep study done about 8 or 9 years ago. Tried a cpap and I couldn't get used to it. I felt as though air was being forced through my nose as I was trying to exhale, making me feel like I was getting the wind knocked out of me(even though it was getting knocked IN to me). I could not adjust. So I went on a crash diet and lost 30 lbs real quick and stopped snoring and stopped apnea'ing(sp), from what I could tell.
The weight is back but I've done fine stomach sleeping. I got sick a couple months ago(swollen throat) and the apnea came back with a vengeance. Even though I'm well now, it has been kicking my butt no matter what position I sleep. I fell asleep in my bosses office as he was talking to me! I fall asleep standing up, while I'm texting, typing, on hold on the phone. It's insane.
Did a sleep study the other night, came back as a 107 AHI.
I'm in the process of being setup to get my cpap. I asked for a bpap considering my previous issues and they told me I would have to do another sleep study, showing them the cpap wouldn't work for them to move me to a cpap.
So, any advice before I go into my appointment to be "fitted"?
Sounds like the choice of machines is being insurance driven? Maybe ask about paying the difference out of pocket, or ask your doc to modify the prescription. The supplier is only able to give you what was prescribed, at the best cost.
First, make sure that you get a top-of-the-line machine. You want one that gives you ALL the data, not just some of it. These machines also allow you to have less pressure for breathing out - up to 3 cm less which very much improves the comfort.
My recommendation for machine is an S9 Auto, an Airsense Auto, a Respironics Auto (either the 560 series or the new DreamStation). I would insist on an auto machine even if you are not going to be using auto to start off with. The auto machines give the most data to perfect your therapy and they do have the option of cpap (straight pressure) or auto (multiple pressures). Since you will have this machine at least 5 years, you want what is going to be the most flexible, especially since therapy didn't work for you before.
I also recommend asking for a heated hose - the power supplies are different. If you later wanted a heated hose, you would have to pay out of pocket for that power supply.
Lots of info to read, but when you are dead tired, it's hard to go through it all.