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[CPAP] How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
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Post: #11
RE: How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
This would be a good time to upgrade to a fully data capable machine and you can keep the old one as a back up.

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04-10-2014 05:28 AM
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Post: #12
RE: How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
(04-10-2014 03:44 AM)Gabby Wrote:  
(04-10-2014 03:09 AM)p471p457p456 Wrote:  [quote='herbm' pid='65520' dateline='1397103196']
And YES, you either need to monitor your data (after you obtain some) OR see a sleep doc to be tested.

You have no idea what the machine is doing for you.

If you are treated effectively that is great -- if not, you are either wasting your time and money and comfort on this machine OR you are not getting the full benefits of effective treatment which could cause long term damage to your body.

How do you FEEL compared to pre-CPAP?

I really don't feel any different other that my wife says I don't snore when using the clap.
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Welcome to the forum!

I am sorry you are feeling no benefits from sleeping with your mask and machine every night for near three years.
I can understand you wondering if the machine is doing what it is supposed to be doing.
You have been told now that your machine is not recording anything.
I personally think it would be worth buying a new machine so you could read what was happening to your sleep patterns every night.
I would also go for another sleep test. I am not sure how the other more experienced hoseheads would feel about that, I am sure they will lead you in the right direction.

I know I would follow whatever they advised.

I hope you can sort out what needs to be done to get you feeling well.

Good luck.
I think I will get another machine that will record my data so I can monitor it. Went for a second sleep study about 3 months ago. Same diagnosis...mild to moderate OSA and upped my cpap pressure from original of 9 to 14. Thanks for you advice.
04-10-2014 04:03 PM
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Post: #13
RE: How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
My original titration resulted in a prescribed pressure of 13 cmH2O. The first machine I bought was a (fortunately data-capable) fixed pressure CPAP machine. Only after looking at the data did I realize that the treatment was not fully effective. To make a long story short, I ended buying another Auto-CPAP machine which I now use, and that machine reports a 90% pressure setting of around 16 cmH2O. Oh, and my nightly AHI's are typically below 1.0, with the very occasional excursion to the 1.1 levels.

Just like people saying you shouldn't evaluate a change in treatment before trying it for at least a week or two, I wouldn't trust a titration that was done for only a part of one night.
04-10-2014 05:15 PM
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Post: #14
RE: How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
I think it is great you have made the decision to upgrade your CPAP machine.
You will feel much better when you are able to see what is going on on a regular basis.
Do your homework and decide which machine you want to buy.
The good people here will be able to give you any advice if needed.

Please keep us posted once you purchase the new machine so we can see how you are feeling.
All the best!

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04-10-2014 10:04 PM
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Post: #15
RE: How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
I am going to purchase an auto CPAP (APAP?) machine. Are all the machines that record data compatible with all the programs that read the data, or do I need to pick a machine and then look for the program that will work with that machine? I'm looking for a program that would be easy to understand (or easy to learn) as I am new to all the jargon and acronyms. Also, any thoughts on whether used machines are safe?
04-11-2014 12:25 PM
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Post: #16
RE: How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
The two most popular Auto-CPAP machines are the ResMed S9 AutoSet and the Philips Respironics System 1 60 Series Auto. Both of those are supported by a free program called "SleepyHead". Additionally, the ResMed machine is supported by ResMed software (freely available) called ResScan. The PRS1 machine is supported by Philips Respironics software (freely available) called Encore Basic.
04-11-2014 12:49 PM
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Post: #17
RE: How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
Used machines from reputable people are safe, others not necessarily. Vendor #2 on our supplier list (link at the top of the page) sells a number of gently used and open box machines. We have heard a lot of good reports on his machines. The Sleepyhead software works for both ResMed and Philips machines, if I remember correctly. Thee are other pieces of software for specific machines. Most of the people on the board feel that the Sleepyhead software is the most user friendly.

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Post: #18
RE: How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
I have a ResMed machine and use SleepyHead software.
I have no problems, so if I am able to understand it (to a certain degree, to get by) I would say most people can.
Apparently the suppliers listed here including the 2nd hand ones have excellent credentials and I would not be afraid of using them.
Good luck.

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Post: #19
RE: How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
(04-11-2014 12:49 PM)RonWessels Wrote:  The two most popular Auto-CPAP machines are the ResMed S9 AutoSet and the Philips Respironics System 1 60 Series Auto. Both of those are supported by a free program called "SleepyHead". Additionally, the ResMed machine is supported by ResMed software (freely available) called ResScan. The PRS1 machine is supported by Philips Respironics software (freely available) called Encore Basic.

I am considering purchasing either PRS1 60 Auto (OR) Resmed S9 Autoset. Any advice on which one?

I had old RemStar Plus (pre 2007) for 8+yrs and it still works. I switched to Fisher & Paykel icon which I really hate. Want to know if anyone using these two above can provide some advice. While there is a thread on review of Resmed that I looked already but none exists for PRS1 60.

Thanks in advance.
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RE: How do I know if my CPAP is working for me?
(04-12-2014 10:41 AM)aselvan Wrote:  I am considering purchasing either PRS1 60 Auto (OR) Resmed S9 Autoset. Any advice on which one?
Both top-notch APAP machines, detect central apnea (PR called it clear airways), uses SD card and supported by free readily available software

As for which one ... 2 reason why S9 AutoSet
1- Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR) http://www.resmed.com/int/patients_and_f...c=patients

PR also comes with exhale pressure relief but works slight differently than ResMed EPR
Flex Family http://www.healthcare.philips.com/au_en/.../cflex.wpd

2- Data on the LCD screen is more detailed than PR machines and report unintentional leak (mask leak plus mouth leak minus mask vents leak rate). ResMed define acceptable leak below 24 L/m as the machine have no problem compensating at this level
PR on the other hand tells you no such thing, just % time in large leak and total leak (mask vents leak rate plus mask leak plus mouth leak), you need to be a mathematician to work it out

The disadvantage of the S9 AutoSet is the price, cost more than PRS1 Auto
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