Hi txparamedic. I am in my first month of CPAP usage & can identify with some of your experiences. You have a certain amount of time (at least 30 days) to change masks until you find one that works.
As bad as I've felt that my experience with my DME company (equipment supplier) has been, I did get a 30 minute "set-up" visit with a respiratory therapist to get me started.
The first mask I tried caused a rash on my face. Even my eyelids swelled. I don't know why that happened, since the second model I tried was supposedly made of the same materials.
I just found this community earlier this week and am delighted to have found a group of people to help me trouble-shoot the problems I am having using the CPAP equipment.
Are the sleep doctor and the DME company supposed to help you with these questions? Yes, they are. Do they usually? Apparently not, based on my own experience and that of many people on this board.
I decided that it looks like it's going to be on me to figure out all thus stuff.
Having said that, you are in (or near) a large city and probably have several DME companies to choose from. The problem is figuring out which ones are good. I have found that my doctor won't recommend one over another.
There very likely are sleep apnea support groups in your area. Even if you're not interested in attending meetings, you might be able to get some DME recs from them.
Just something to think about.
(02-12-2016, 10:41 AM)txparamedic Wrote: Hello All,
Its refreshing to find a community of people helping each other out like this. Thank you for allowing me to join!
After a home sleep study and a 3 minute or less visit with the doctor I was prescribed a CPAP. A few days later some people showed up at my door and threw all this equipment at me and then asked if I had any questions. I told them I had lots of questions, but after the $8/hour delivery guy couldn't answer the first two of them I figured I was on my own.
I have spent hours reading and researching before I tried to use the CPAP. I thought I had it all figured out so 3 nights ago I gave it a try. All seemed to go well, my pre therapy AHI was 48 and after the first night the machine reported an AHI of 1.7. The problem is I seemed to have a reaction to the mask material, I have a red mark that is still on my face 3 days later. It was so bad that I didn't go to work the first day, and left half a day on the second. Today its still there but not nearly as bad. I'm at a loss as to what to do, I ordered a few different mask liners, but thought I would check with the experts here. Any help would be much appreciated, Thanks!