(10-02-2014, 04:05 PM)PacificNova Wrote: Hello. I'm new to the board. I have a PR System One REMstar Auto CPAP Machine with A-Flex. Up until a year ago, I used it with great success on CPAP mode (for about a year). My insurance no longer covers anything sleep apnea related and I cannot afford sleep studies - which I need because of drastic weight/medication/health changes. I've looked through a lot of information on this site (and others) about my options but it is all pretty overwhelming - a lot to sort through and absorb.
I've decided to switch my machine from CPAP to APAP, which I *think* I have done. I'm currently deciding on a new mask and cannot test it. So far, I've only switched the mode. I did not change any of the numbers - the minimum is 4 and maximum is 20. I'm wondering if there are any other settings / tips / tricks I should be aware of during this process? The manual really only tells you how to access the menu. I haven't found much on what to change the settings to. Any advice would be appreciated. I do understand this is somewhat of a subjective and gray area though.
I do plan on learning to interpret all the information from my system and tightening the range of pressure. But it all looks like a foreign language at the moment.
Welcome to the forum. You have found a great place to get answers.
1) Determine what specific model of machine you have, and update your profile. People can give much better assistance if they have this info.
2) Request the Clinician Manual for your machine, once you know the model. There is a procedure for making the request thru this forum.
3) Download and install the Sleepyhead software, and start using it to look at your data on a regular basis.
4) Don't make any changes to your therapy until you have monitored the data for a while, and can see the effects of any change.
5) If you want to switch the machine from CPAP mode to APAP, set a narrow pressure range from just below your prescribed fixed pressure, to just above it, and monitor the data for a while. Many here suggest that you (A) only make one change at a time, and (B) let any change settle for a week or longer. Otherwise it is too difficult to assess the effect of any change.
6) Don't expect to find advice on what settings to use from any manual for your machine. Probably the best avenue is to post some of your data to this board, and ask for help with interpretation.
Good Luck on your journey.