I am very compliant, could count nights without machine on one hand in all that time. Wore out My REMStar, got a new Remstar Pro M? 5 years ago.. it started making high pitched whines that would affect me and the wife getting to sleep.
I rarely go to the DR for anything. Machine is working so why would I? Where I did sleep study closed down 2 years after I was there, Dr I moved to for new machine is now retired. There is no record of my original sleepstudy ANYWHERE. Got a new DR who talked to me, looked at my data from the machine and wrote me a new prescription.
My new Intellipap Auto (Love this machine, even if it looks very medical) first night with setting of 10-18 has me at 13.5 or below most of the night and I had an AHI of 8, normally below 5 on old machine. [But its the first night.. ]
BTW how quiet is this machine!! When I started it up.. My wife said "Wow, that's weird I hope I can sleep in all that silence"
Insurance was telling me to cover the machine I would need a new sleep study which would cost me as much as the machine . That was upfront. I am going to send in the bill which is very low because I don't need or want a DME, so use trusted online retailer. I am going to submit anyway with copy of prescription and week of report data from new machine.
For a 340lb 52 yr old man I am very healthy. take no medication (stress sedatives about 60 times a year tops after family events ) But no other meds.. Just my CPAP.
Sorry for the rambling..
How often so people update their machines and how often do you do sleep studies to confirm the diagnosis again ?
thanks for any feedback.