I just started treatment 3 days ago and have a few questions. I was set up with a Resmed S9 auto in cpap mode set at 10 cm, EPR off, humidifier 3.0, 80 degree heated hose and swift fx nasal pillow mask. I'm very satisfied with the improved sleep already. Can it get even better with a few tweaks? My gut feeling is they may have my pressure slightly higher than I need it. My AHI average is .3 " AHI of 35 untreated" I still wake up a couple of times a night, but doesn't really bother me because it is so much better than it was before treatment started.
The way they have me set up is a 2 month trial with a new rental unit and if it works, than the insurance will purchase it for me. If I make changes to settings, could this affect compliance and cause problems with my insurance provider? I would like to try it in auto and see the difference. Why would the doctor not prescribe utilizing the machine to it's full potential? Does using the EPR settings have any negative long term implications?
You've only used it for 3 days. Give it some time. Don't change anything at all in terms of setting.
The most important thing at this stage is to make sure you have a mask you like and works.
The tweaking you save for when you've been using it for a few months. Things are going to change. Your body and brain will get more used to it and everything will settle down.
And an AHI of .3 is damn near perfect. Anything less than 5 is considered ideal. And that number is going to vary from night to night. The idea here is to look for (and wait for) trends to occur. No two nights are the same.
And yes, messing with the settings during the insurance trial is not advisable. Especially not with an AHI like that.
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09-02-2012, 08:11 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-02-2012, 08:16 PM by trish6hundred.)
Hi Sandman, First of all, WELCOME! to the forum.! I don't know that turning on your EPR would hurt anything, but as far as anything else goes,Since you have only had your machine for a few days, it might be better to wait and collect some data for your DME to get a feel for how your treatment is going. But keep checking back into the forum and hang in there for more suggestions, best of luck to you. In addition, what PaulaO2 said is right on .!