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New Member - My Story and Questions
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Machine: Resmed A10 Autoset For Her
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed A10
Humidifier: Resmed A10 Autosset
CPAP Pressure: 11-16
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: It's a... mad world...

Sex: Male
Location: Canada

Post: #11
RE: New Member - My Story and Questions
I was on cpap and had OK days but more poor days. I switched to apap and I feel way better. Like cured.
Apap is the way to go if you can get it.
12-18-2015 03:33 AM
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Joined: Aug 2015

Machine: PR System One 560BT Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: P10's/backup-DreamWear
Humidifier: PR attached
CPAP Pressure: 8.5 - 13. A-Flex 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began CPAP Therapy Sept. 11, 2015. Hx Hypertension, Post Graves Disease, chronic migraines.

Sex: Female
Location: Southern Ontario//SW Florida

Post: #12
RE: New Member - My Story and Questions
Welcome to ApneaBoard Gunner! You'll get lots of advice here, sounds like you already have!

Good luck with your therapy.

APNEABOARD - A great place to be if you're a hosehead!! Rolleyes

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12-18-2015 07:36 AM
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Gunner Offline

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Joined: Dec 2015

Machine: RemStar System One
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage FX
Humidifier: RemStar
CPAP Pressure: 9.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: London, England

Post: #13
RE: New Member - My Story and Questions
Hey guys, thanks for the responses and welcome.

Around 2 weeks in to treatment and so far it's been a positive experience and definite improvement to my life and my partners (snoring reduced to an acceptable level).

I have recently however picked up a sinus/nose/respiratory infection due to me not deep cleaning my water tank sufficiently and also not using filtered water. I've learnt my lesson from this but since the infection my AHI has gone from around 2.5 to closer to 4-5.

I'm still debating whether to invest in an upgrade and switching to a APAP machine as I tend to wake up earlier than I feel is necessary due to my belief that the pressure at that time in the early morning is too high.

I'm still also wondering if my AHI would improve even further if I switched to a full facial mask, as I tend to want to breathe through my mouth at night, yet my AHI figures are still pretty good even with a nasal mask. Can anyone offer any advice and experience from switching to a nasal mask to a full face?

Thanks again guys
12-29-2015 10:45 AM
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Machine: AirSense 10 Autoset w/Oxi
Mask Type: Hybrid
Mask Make & Model: RespCareHYB500
Humidifier: ClimateLine, Socked, set 3
CPAP Pressure: 9-17
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: COPD

Sex: Male
Location: East of Rockies

Post: #14
RE: New Member - My Story and Questions
Gunner,
I prefer APAP, hands down, (unless you need Bi). Been on CPAP since 2003. I always use FFM. Sometimes have trouble getting good seal. Then I switch to RespCARE Hybrid FFM. Much smaller mouth seal area. It's a combination mouth seal/nasal pillow mask. By design it holds mouth closed without need of a chin strap. Might give it alook see.
Cheers,
otrpu

Love your family, treat your friend(s) well, and don't waste your time. Everything else is just so much BS. Sleep-well
(This post was last modified: 12-29-2015 01:13 PM by otrpu.)
12-29-2015 01:12 PM
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Gunner Offline

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Machine: RemStar System One
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage FX
Humidifier: RemStar
CPAP Pressure: 9.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: London, England

Post: #15
RE: New Member - My Story and Questions
Hi guys -

quick update. I've been averaging around 1.8-2.0 AHI for the last week or so and it's so fantastic to sleep an entire night without waking up to pee about 7 times - I sleep right through and sleep like a baby. I had a problem recently (aside from the water tank getting grimy issue) where I wore the forehead straps on my mask too tightly and woke up with very severe bruising and marks on my forehead that have only just began to heal, so chalk that one down to another learning experience - I'm sure it won't be the last. Oh, and my C-FLEX auto-check feature has upped my pressure from 9.0 to 10.0 which I think has definitely resulted in a better AHI score.

I was just wondering if my leak rate / volume was normal and if my overall stats were 'normal'? I feel good, just want some kind of confirmation if anyone would be kind enough..

(by the way I don't always sleep for 11 hours a night, more like 7-8 but I was having a bit of a two day hangover Smile)

       
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01-05-2016 06:53 AM
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Location: Where they make Respironics

Post: #16
RE: New Member - My Story and Questions
Your leaks are just fine. Sleepyhead tracks total leaks as well as a baseline expected leak. I would not worry about leaking as a problem unless your total leaks rose above 50-60 and the baseline above 30 or so. You are well below those thresholds for large leak.

Good work in making this work for you. You've come a long way.

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01-05-2016 10:20 AM
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