New member here. Glad to find such a helpful place.
A little background. I am a 65 yo retired Pharmacist who suffered from severe sleepiness, mountain dew addiction, anxiety and depression for atleast 50 years....
I was too busy to learn about sleep apnea, thinking all my problems were "I must be real lazy dude". No MD or other provider suggested a sleep problem untill just recently.
Now I have focused my internet studies on Sleep apnea, between naps, and I have become obsessed with getting this situation worked on.
I have started an at home titration study on Oct 7 2016, using a loaner, Respironics System 1/ 160 which was provided for free by the Sleep MD's office.
I was starting to feel much better with more energy and focus.
Then it happened.... They took back to nice auto adjustable cpap and said I get my own machine.. I was delighted to finally get started on my own machine when I realized they were giving me the Dreamstation CPap "Brick" dumdum machine.
I used the brick last night, with a fixed rate of 12 cm and had a horrible night, couldn't keep either of my masks from leaking until I cranked down the straps so tight on the Dreamwear nasal I was having bad pain on my nasal septum??. the other device I tried was a Resmed Airfit F10 which i had previously purchased, having tried one during my titration loaner period. The new F10 was very difficult to get a good seal at 12cm and I cranked to straps so tight my neck hurt real bad.
I finally came here to read and research.
I did not like or want the brick Dreamstation CPAP with no auto.
The MD's office said that they will not provide a Dreamwear Auto or Pro, as was suggested as good machines in the your cpap wiki. The Sleep MD staff said They will give me a prescription for CPAP and I could shop around if I didn't like their offer.
They did say I could return the brick machine and not be charged for it.
I have Medicare with an Aetna Senior supplement, Plan G and was hoping to have a better machine covered.
Have any of you with medicare been able to get approval for an Auto CPAP for your first machine???
Will the DME providers try and bill for a better machine for me?
I can survive without the CPAP indefinately, since it is time for my winter nap!!! anyway.
Thank you in advance for any tips you may share on how to get a better machine covered.
Inhome test details follow:
I completed an inhome sleep study on 9/21/16 with scores of:
Total record time: 487 min
Mixed ap: 5
Central ap: 77
Mean heart rate: 63.5
avg O2 sat: 91%
Diagnosis: Moderate Central Sleep Apnea