It depends on your doctor and insurance. It's been 5 years, and they may want another sleep study done. Five years is a long time to go with untreated apnea, and it may be worse that before.
You don't say what your issues were with your original machine, but the pressure probably was not set correctly.
Hi justMongo, yeah, I guess it will all depend on the doctor and insurance. I guess I was mainly looking to see if I should try and put up a fuss pointing out that the new doc has access to the old study. Good luck with the new doc and avoiding another sleep study. I'm wary of going again as I know it would be split. Check in time is always 8pm at the sleep center here and I NEVER go to sleep before 1am normally, so I'm a wreck the next day.
Hi OpalRose, you're right, doctor and insurance will really drive the decision and I might not actually get a say. You do bring up a good point, maybe I need a new sleep study anyway. As for my issue with the other machine, you may be right. Twice during the 3 weeks I used it, I woke up feeling like I needed to take a deep breath but the air wasn't forthcoming. The machine was on and blowing air, I just couldn't get enough air and felt like I couldn't breath. I had a FFM, so I ripped the mask off so I could breath and couldn't shake the feeling, scared the daylights out of me.
ASVs are much more complex machines. There are more setting to get correct.
Unlike plain vanilla OSA, where an AutoPAP can be used; and it will seek to the best pressures.
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Hi again... answer is in... new sleep study it is.
The doc originally wanted to get my Respironics legacy ASV serviced and put me back on it based on my 5 year old study. The original DME went out of business, so it was a non-starter.
Now I'm waiting on pre-approval from insurance to schedule the sleep study. Thanks to Linn's thread and archangel's doctors who send patients to sleep studies without a sleep aid need to be flogged reply, I got the doc to prescribe me 2 ambien.
Here's to the waiting game....
I was fortunate that my sleep doctor routinely prescribes Ambien (2 of them) and has you take one before going to bed at the sleep clinic. It also comes with a warning not to take them at home. I had good sleep this way during the first part of the split test. Best wishes for success this time!