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[Equipment] New to DreamStation Old CPAP user
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New to DreamStation Old CPAP user
Hi, I just got my new CPAP machine, a DreamStation autoCPAP, a day ago and used it last night for the first time with nasal pillows. It worked great for me. I found this site on Sleep Apnea and had no idea there was so much information available! A lot of it I haven't figured out yet re settings, AHI, etc. But will work on getting up to date.
I was orginally diagnosed with OSA in 2006 and had a REMstar set @ 8 with a facial nose mask.  I got used to it after several nights and have been using it since except for about a year when I lost a lot of weight and didn't snore anymore so thought i didn't need it any longer. I was under the mistaken impression (my own assumption) that my weight was a big factor in my sleep apnea. After I gained the weight back I had to start using it again. About a month ago the humidifier on my old CPAP malfunctioned and I had to do another sleep study to get a new one.  This time I was referred to a different doctor (sleep specialist) who comes to my small town a couple of times a month.  I was surprised to learn that I needed a higher pressure and thankful that I could get a new machine the next morning after the sleep study.  This time I will try to learn more and be more informed.
I appreciate this site and have learned a lot already! Thanks
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RE: New to DreamStation Old CPAP user
Welcome to Apnea Board, JoGlo!

Glad you found us.  If you haven’t already, order your Clinicians Manual for your new machine.
http://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-pr...tup-manual

Also, download the free SleepyHead software.  This will help you learn more about what goes on while you are sleeping, plus it helps us to help you if you need it.  Smile
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RE: New to DreamStation Old CPAP user
Welcome to the Board.  Good places to start are at the top of the board. There's important links you can read. Among them is new to apnea.

Though your not new there is alot of good info in there.

Also you can download sleepyhead software which gives you feedback on your treatment with detailed data.

The links for that are below. Don't be shy about asking for help.

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RE: New to DreamStation Old CPAP user
Hi JoGlo,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It's good to hear that you are adjusting well to CPAP therapy.
Good luck as you restart your CPAP journey.
trish6hundred
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