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lindalamar1 Offline

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Joined: Apr 2014

Machine: unsure
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: unsure
Humidifier: 1022334
CPAP Pressure: unsure
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
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Post: #1
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I have had my cpap for over 7 years. I'm not sure how long. My cpap looks ancient compared to the ones I see online. I got it through Kaiser Permanante CA, back when I had great medical insurance. I'm pretty positive my cpap has a short in the wiring. It turns on and off by itself and air pressure changes sometimes.

I have no idea about what type of sleep Apnea I have or anything about the machine. Can I just buy a new machine that will automatically adjust to my needs? And can I buy one without a prescription?

I regret not finding out more about all this when I had medical insurance. Thanks to anyone who can help.

Linda
04-06-2014 09:10 PM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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Posts: 8,065
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: western NC, USA

Post: #2
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You need a prescription if you are going to get one legally. But that prescription can be written by any physician. I suggest you go for an autoPAP as it will adjust to what you need each night. You'll need to watch the data and help it narrow down the range over time. You can go to Supplier #2 (found here) and get one that is open box or gently used. The Respironics models are cheaper than the ResMed.

There are ways to get one without a prescription but it is illegal, although it happens on a regular basis. That is through you local newspapers or through Craigslist. But it is buyer beware. Know what you are getting before you make the purchase. Don't buy one from a smoker.

For me, getting my used Autoset from Supplier #2 was much less of a mental drama than getting one through the local paper even though I had to pay more. My GP wrote the prescription.

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04-06-2014 09:25 PM
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lindalamar1 Offline

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Posts: 2
Joined: Apr 2014

Machine: unsure
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: unsure
Humidifier: 1022334
CPAP Pressure: unsure
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
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Post: #3
RE: Help
Thank you Smile
04-06-2014 09:37 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Posts: 6,430
Joined: May 2012

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: #4
RE: Help
Hi lindalamar1, WELCOME! to the forum.!
What Paula said.
Best of luck to you.

trish6hundred
04-06-2014 10:05 PM
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herbm Offline

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Posts: 852
Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: ResMed AutoSet S9
Mask Type: Oral
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Airfit P10 Nasal Pillow
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 11-16
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Backup Mask: Innomed Hybrid FFM -- Oral+Nasal Pillows

Sex: Male
Location: Austin, TX

Post: #5
RE: Help
And when Paula says it is "illegal", this is almost totally an issue for the SELLER, not for you.

However, if you have insurance now, or can get it, you really do want to see a doc, perhaps have a sleep study, and then get the best machine for your condition.

Sweet Dreams,

HerbM
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)

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04-08-2014 10:17 AM
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