(10-10-2014 07:34 PM)Galactus Wrote: I wish the guy knew what he was talking about. I got a brick not 6 months ago, and they are still handing them out.
Thank you. I really grilled him on the brick thing. Asked him if it could be other companies doing it. Other countries? He was skeptical. Weird because he otherwise seemed to really know his stuff about lots of machines, the problems with insurance companies, etc.
He said that having the data has become critical. Especially for certain professions (truck drivers, airline pilots, etc.). They need to show that it's working to keep their licenses and the data does that.
Also, my insurance company requires that I attach a modem unit to the machine for the first 30 days. Apparently, it reports the data back to them to prove that I'm using it (and justifying them paying for it). Kind of big brotherish.
(10-10-2014 08:21 PM)zonk Wrote: Did you had pressure titration sleep study? the reason asking, your profile shows default settings "CPAP Pressure: Auto (4-20)"
Just not to keep asking you, complete user profile, write your mask make & model and machine name in the right places, also "Humidifier" showing none, did they gave the machine without the humidifier?
The success of the therapy depend on choosing the right mask, did you try other masks before choosing full face mask? I use full face mask as backup when get a cold
Thank you. I will follow those links and read up.
I did not have a titration study. The guy giving me the machine said that the doctor probably didn't know what to prescribe so just gave me the full range. I figure that it shouldn't matter much if the machine automatically goes to where it's supposed to, right?
The profile is filled out now reflecting what I have so far.
They did not give me the humidifier. They said that the doctor has to specifically prescribe that separately or insurance won't cover it. So, I have to go back to the doctor and have them send that px in and they'll ship it to me. After one half night of using the mask, I feel a little painfully dry. So, this has to be done.
I thought that I might have nasal problems and needed the full mask. But, I used it for only half the night and I found that I started breathing through my nose and kept my mouth shut with it on. Without CPAP I only breathe through my mouth at night.
The discomfort of the mask was a big problem. I had to take it off half way through the night. I know I'm going to have to get used to it. But, my face is kind of achy even now around 4 hours after taking it off. So, I'm going to go back and switch for a nasal mask. They had a new one they recommend called a "Swiff" [sp?]. That looked pretty good.
(10-10-2014 08:46 PM)Doc J Wrote: I'm with Zonk on this one, they should have set the pressure range closer to your prescription. Hopefully they did and it is just listed wrong. Good machine and yes they still give out bricks (and get paid the same). At least you did some homework and had an idea what you wanted. Welcome and good luck.
Thank you. The whole process with the doctor was wonky. They gave me a take-home sleep test device. But, then never got back to me with the results. I called them about it and they eventually kind of skipped the results part and just went ahead and prescribed CPAP without it. I suspect that they lost track of my device and never got the results. Is it really all that bad to not have a smaller range? It seems like it would be good in case I want to adjust outside of the range I am prescribed. I thought it was supposed to automatically go to the right number?
(10-10-2014 10:00 PM)retired_guy Wrote: Hey, good job getting a nice machine Wheaton. Now comes the fun part, getting to know it and use it. For openers, why not go ahead and download Sleepyhead from the link at the top of the page so you'll be ready to review your results when you get some. As others have suggested, you may end up wanting to make some changes to your initial settings. That's normal, and with the results you'll be able to ascertain just what pressures and other features are right for you.
Now, hush up and go to sleep..............
Thank you. I plan on downloading and setting that up.
First morning after use I definitely feel different. It's sort of a mixed bag though. I had to take it off half way through the night because I couldn't sleep. My face is achy even hours later and my sinuses feel really dry from not having the humidifier.
On the positive side, I do feel relatively rested and something seems different about my breathing. I feel like I can breathe better through my nose. Like I hadn't used it for a long time and now it's working better...?