With no direction (a DVD with smiling people and bad music) I was given the wrong mask type and an APAP machine set to 5 to 20 cmH2O. I found out about the clinical menu access from your site after I blew up like a blimp and had severe stomach cramps. Then I discovered Sleepyhead software, SleepMaster, and FlashPap. I quickly got hold of a Toshiba flashair card and was able to set it up initially using SleepMaster software (great for setup), but I soon switched over to FlashPap for everyday use. Every morning, I run FlashPap and Sleepyhead on my Linux computer. FlashPap scans and copies the latest Flashair SD card entries, and then it is just a matter of a simple data import data into Sleepyhead. Both pieces of software run wonderfully under Linux - SleepyHead needs Wine of course.
I started low on the APAP setting and slowly increased it over a monthly period to a comfortably high setting with an acceptable AHI (I'm staying below 3). I found that it is necessary to go slow on settings changes, because it appears to be quite normal to have a variation of +/- 2 AHI on any given night with the same setting. I suppose it's a combination of daily diet changes and stress levels.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank the software guys that have contributed to this forum and the rest of you for all the valuable information. I have used the machine every night for the last three months, and I can plot tons of data and see my trends. Beautiful stuff, free, and it's even Linux usable!
One thing I am still wondering about is people (like myself) with GERDS and whether we are more susceptible to bloating at high APAP pressures. The APAP high/low range along with the EPR setting seems to help considerably with the bloating problems, but it appears I can't tolerate much more than an APAP high of 13 cmH2O (about where I am now). I suspect as I age, the AHI will continue to creep up to unacceptable levels past this comfortable pressure setting, and I not sure what I can do as a counter.