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PaulaO2 Offline
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Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm

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Location: western NC, USA

Post: #11
RE: New cpap user and need advice please
You want the AHI to be below 5 so you're good there.

But one night of data is about worthless. Keep using it, keep viewing the data, and then evaluate it in 7-10 days. The longer the better.

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03-04-2013 05:30 PM
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vsheline Offline

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Posts: 1,908
Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: S9 VPAP Adapt (USA Model# 36007, not better 36037 or 36067)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F10 or SimPlus w/ 2Liners. MirageQuatro & Gecko gel pad
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 15 EPAP, PS 5-10
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: Marfan Syndrome, chronic bradycardia, occasional Cheyne-Stokes Respiration

Sex: Male
Location: California, USA

Post: #12
RE: New cpap user and need advice please
(03-03-2013 06:47 PM)Sleepless706 Wrote:  Lastly, it seems it's very hard to exhale at times, even though the hose is not pinched and the nasal pillow is not covers and is fitted correctly to my nose. Again it's showing 4cm as the pressure on the screen after hitting the therapy button to start.

As jgjones1972 mentioned, it is common to need some time to get used to exhaling against pressure.

In future, if you ever feel like it is hard to inhale, this would probably mean it would be good to increase your lower pressure. (4 cmH2O is really low; I would feel like I am suffocating on such a low pressure.)


(03-04-2013 04:08 PM)Sleepless706 Wrote:  Anyway, DME rep said IGNORE most readings from Info screen on my restronics system one menu (it's on auto cpap setting with aflex of 3)

If a DME supplier tells you to IGNORE most readings from Info screen, that may indicate that, though it is important to keep an eye on the readings, he does not want to be bothered.

You have an excellent machine, and I encourage you to see if there is some way you can use SleepyHead software to monitor your data yourself. The data from your machine includes detailed "waveforms" of every breath you took all night. You can learn a lot - and would likely benefit a lot - from becoming familiar with your sleep data.

Please read the info on the page below, just to understand that you are lucky you have a fully data-capable machine.
http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ne_Choices

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03-06-2013 08:24 PM
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zimlich Offline

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Posts: 392
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: Respironics PR System One BiPap Auto SV Advanced
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed gel Nasal Mask
Humidifier: System One
CPAP Pressure: 8-20 ASV, 8 EPAP,PS 12
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I use the Quattro FFM when necessary

Sex: Female
Location: Norfolk, VA

Post: #13
RE: New cpap user and need advice please
Now, the important thing is that you keep using the machine 100% of sleep time and getting good quality REM and deep sleep. You're doing great. I like my quattro FX ffm though last night it woke me up leaking terribly.
03-09-2013 08:50 AM
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