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New CPAP User- HELP with OSCAR
#11
RE: New CPAP User- HELP with OSCAR
I take modafinil, which is the generic of provigil, I think. it definitely promotes wakefulness, without the side effects of an amphetamine based med like adderall. just know that it masks your sleepiness, which can be harmful if the underlying cause isn't resolved, but it can certainly help you get through the day.
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#12
RE: New CPAP User- HELP with OSCAR
Hi, would you explain more about what your wife machine does that mine doesn’t do? I.e., what is the difference in epr and the flex setting that mine has? Just wondering so if I decide I want to try that machine, I want to know how to explain why.  

Thanks!
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RE: New CPAP User- HELP with OSCAR
Here is a high level of why ResMed over Dreamstation

ResMed AutoSet Dreamstation Auto comparison
Why ResMed?

1. Faster algorithmic response to events than PR.
2. Lower average pressure
3. Better to avoid Aerophagia.
4. EPR provides for better treatment of hypopneas, RERAs, Flow Limits, UARS, and snores
5. EPR acts like a BiLevel up to a limit of 3cmw (1,2,or 3cmw) and a max pressure of 20 cmw
6. EPR follows your breathing where as Flex predicts it with a feeling of fighting to get a breath when it predicts incorrectly
7. More flexibility in treating a greater variety of Apneas and respiratory events.
8. In general provides better therapy.

I have frequently told many DreamStation users that they need to get either the ReaMed AutoSet or BiLevel to get better therapy. 

Respironics do cost less
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RE: New CPAP User- HELP with OSCAR
Thank you so much for replying! That is what I wanted to know! I will take this info with me to my doc and dme!
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RE: New CPAP User- HELP with OSCAR
You can expect to hear that there is no difference. After viewing thousands of reports, I can tell you that is not true. We can see how pressure is applied, the responsiveness of the machine, the secrecy of Philips compared to Resmed, the exclusion of end-user as a consideration, and the impact on events and comfort. Philips Respironics is designed and manufactured in the town where I live, and nothing would make me happier than to say it is the superior product. Sadly, it fails on so many levels. Respironics patents were taken out in the late 1980s and 1990s, and they have not changed their major algorithms or data collection in all those years, in spite of the amazing progression of computing power and an electronics that have happened over the past 30-40 years. Philips bought Respironics and very little other than form factor has changed. I'm so disappointed. Philips is competing by lowering prices and bribing sleep doctors and suppliers to exclusively carry their brand to the detriment of patients.
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FWIW I know some guy named Dave that refuses to accept Respironics. Coffee
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Thank you for replying! Hopefully I will get to try this one out. I emailed my dme and am waiting on reply.  Thanks!
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RE: New CPAP User- HELP with OSCAR
So I talked to my doctor, and I asked him about UARS, but i had to show him the Oscar report and how flat my line was when inhaling for him to take me serious (which by the way he sounded like he had no idea that you could do this ?‍♀️).  He said that switching to a new machine may help, but he wanted to make sure I didn’t have narcolepsy (so I have to wait months for a mslt nap test), and he wanted to try increasing the pressure more.  He said that trying to increase the pressure to 14 may help.  He couldn’t tell that my machine was set on auto and on his report just saw that the mean pressure for the last couple nights was 10. So he kept saying that he wanted to try to go from 10 to 14. So do y’all think this can help?  I know my machine has been set on auto for the past couple months, but since my machines isn’t as sensitive to RERAs, could increasing the pressure in fixed be better than the auto?  

Also, I am trying to get a copy of my full sleep study, but on this summary (I am going to attach), it says I had way more spontaneous arousals than respiratory arousals.  Does this point away from UARS? 

Thanks so much for all of you who have taken the time to read these so far and also of course those who have replied.


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