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[CPAP] Finally got my machine
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Skittles3350 Offline

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Machine: Apex XT Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Unsure
Humidifier: Apex XT Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 6-14
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
Location: United States

Post: #1
Finally got my machine
As you all know, this process of getting through the sleep study and trying to find the right machine, humidifier, mask and what not for you is in addition to the exhaustion that brought us begging and pleading to the Dr in the first place for reprieve. My machine arrived yesterday. To say I was excited is an understatement. It has been months since I had a good night's sleep and so I was elated! It seems the light at the end of this tunnel was indeed an oncoming train. Maybe this is just something I have to get used to but I woke up this morning feeling worse than I have in months. I have the nose mask and to some extent, I understand the feeling of water boarding but with air. If you cough with the mask on, the air pressure up my nose caused me to choke. I was excited that my machine had a humidifier as I usually have a dry nose. I have a horrible headache and my nose feels worse than usual. The water doesn't seem to have gone down at all. I am babbling now from exhaustion and frustration. So I turn to you for support and understanding and a true light at the end of this sleepless tunnel.

Jen Huh
09-28-2016 11:27 AM
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justMongo Offline

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Machine: ResMed VPAP Auto (S9)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18 IPAPmax - 11 EPAPmin, PS=5
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Sex: Male
Location: Калифорния

Post: #2
RE: Finally got my machine
You have this humidifier? It appears to require separate control -- switch on rear and dial on the side.
So, first question, did you turn it on?

And you must put the power cord into the humidifier, then connect the pigtail from the humidifier into the CPAP machine.

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09-28-2016 12:21 PM
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Skittles3350 Offline

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Joined: Aug 2016

Machine: Apex XT Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Unsure
Humidifier: Apex XT Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 6-14
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
Location: United States

Post: #3
RE: Finally got my machine
Yes, that is the one I have and I double checked it was plugged in. There is the dial on the side and it was set to 2. Not sure what it should be set at.
09-28-2016 12:28 PM
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justMongo Offline

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Machine: ResMed VPAP Auto (S9)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18 IPAPmax - 11 EPAPmin, PS=5
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Sex: Male
Location: Калифорния

Post: #4
RE: Finally got my machine
Set it mid-range and dial up/down from there. Likely you are not getting enough humidity.

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
09-28-2016 12:47 PM
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Sleeprider Online
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Joined: Dec 2014

Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Sex: Male
Location: Where they make Respironics

Post: #5
RE: Finally got my machine
May I ask how this machine was selected? Your choice or a supplier?

The Apex CPAPs are made in Taiwan and are relatively inexpensive. They are not supported by Sleepyhead software and must use the manufacturer's proprietary software. Although these machines meet the requirements of a prescription, the selection is usually based on saving money compared to Philips or Resmed.

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(This post was last modified: 09-28-2016 01:42 PM by Sleeprider.)
09-28-2016 01:38 PM
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justMongo Offline

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Machine: ResMed VPAP Auto (S9)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18 IPAPmax - 11 EPAPmin, PS=5
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Sex: Male
Location: Калифорния

Post: #6
RE: Finally got my machine
Sleeprider: We will see more of these machines unless people educated themselves before accepting a machine.

Skittles3350: People who go in knowing which machine they want and are willing to just say No, usually get the better machine.

I wonder how you put water in that tank -- it looks like you have to pull the hose and fill to the line through the hose port.

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
(This post was last modified: 09-28-2016 01:57 PM by justMongo.)
09-28-2016 01:54 PM
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Sleeprider Online
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Sex: Male
Location: Where they make Respironics

Post: #7
RE: Finally got my machine
The Apex has a reputation for being very slow in the IPAP/EPAP transition, which some people find leaves them gasping for air, or feeling a headache. This is based on reviews on several websites. It is also very slow in adjusting to apnea precursor events, which means when you rely on the auto algorithm instead of a higher set pressure, it does not stop obstructive apnea. A supplier is paid the same amount of money by insurance for whatever CPAP they supply, so they are highly motivated to provide one that retails under $400 than one that retails closer to $1000. Just remember, that if it doesn't match up to your needs and you do not tolerate it well, an exchange may be in order. Also, if you are subject to showing compliance, this machine does not transmit data, and you will have to take the data card to your supplier for reporting.

On the other hand, this is a small light CPAP that is modular, so it travels light if you leave the humidifier behind. If it is comfortable and works for you, it's not my intention to "harsh your mellow".

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09-28-2016 02:38 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #8
RE: Finally got my machine
Hi Skittles3350,
I wish you good luck with your CPAP therapy and also with your machine situation.
Hang in there for more responses to your post.

trish6hundred
09-28-2016 10:01 PM
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Joined: Aug 2015

Machine: PR System One 560BT Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: P10's/backup-DreamWear
Humidifier: PR attached
CPAP Pressure: 8.5 - 13. A-Flex 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began CPAP Therapy Sept. 11, 2015. Hx Hypertension, Post Graves Disease, chronic migraines.

Sex: Female
Location: Southern Ontario//SW Florida

Post: #9
RE: Finally got my machine
Welcome to the forum Skittles3350! Glad you found us!! As you can see here you'll get some great info and ideas from experienced users.

I myself suffered (still do but less often and less severe) from the morning headaches associated with sleep apnea. Is this something new for you or have you been experiencing them prior to diagnosis? For me it was due to the apnea events greatly increasing during REM sleep at which time I would awake with a booming headache. Not sure if this might be the case for you?

Hope you can sort out your problems with both your therapy and your new machine!

APNEABOARD - A great place to be if you're a hosehead!! Rolleyes

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09-29-2016 05:14 AM
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Skittles3350 Offline

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Posts: 6
Joined: Aug 2016

Machine: Apex XT Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Unsure
Humidifier: Apex XT Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 6-14
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
Location: United States

Post: #10
Grin RE: Finally got my machine
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I slept a total of 6 hours in 3 hours stints, but I slept. And even better, I woke up feeling like I had slept. I love this board!
09-29-2016 10:21 AM
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