Post Reply 
New to CPAP, need some no prescription advice.
Author Message
PsychoMike Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 551
Joined: Aug 2013

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Other
Mask Make & Model: Varies with mood, ResMed F10 is my primary
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 12-17
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: asthma, cyclist upgraditis, just a little crazy (honest :D )

Sex: Male
Location: Alberta, Canada

Post: #11
RE: New to CPAP, need some no prescription advice.
A couple of things here....

First, many durable medical equipment suppliers (DME) offer a home sleep "study" for little to no cost. The results are not as good as a sleep study in a lab, but for a lot of people, it's more than enough to confirm sleep apnea and get you to the point of an in home "titration" study to see what sort of range you need for pressure. The DME, of course, offers this so they can sell you a machine, mask and other supplies (i.e. they get the sale and get you as a client....long term $$ for them, so they don't mind the eating the cost for the home study).

Your nurse friend sounds like she has your best interests at heart, but losing weight is not a guarantee that you'll get rid sleep apnea. I know many skinny folks who have it far worse than I do....still, if you are doing the "usual" things like eating right, exercising regularly and having an appropriate body weight (by BMI, % fat or whatever metric is appropriate) it may or may not impact the sleep apnea but will help with your overall health. Smile

If you do decide to get a machine on your own, definitely come on back. We're not doctors and don't do the whole "medical advice" thing...but we can certainly share what has worked for us Smile
10-22-2015 11:28 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
dhille7 Offline

New Members

Posts: 3
Joined: Oct 2015

Machine: none yet
Mask Type: Not using mask
Mask Make & Model: none
Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: none
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location:

Post: #12
RE: New to CPAP, need some no prescription advice.
So glad to have found this board. Thank you all for the thoughtful responses. Lots to consider. I will check in.
10-22-2015 12:54 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
zonk Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 7,908
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #13
RE: New to CPAP, need some no prescription advice.
(10-22-2015 11:12 AM)JudgeMental Wrote:  My 2cents worth.
Hi Judge ... Always nice to hear from old-timers, hope you stick around this time
Coffee
10-22-2015 02:59 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
DWaldman Offline

Preferred Members

Posts: 57
Joined: Sep 2015

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: InnoMed Aloha
Humidifier: Hi5
CPAP Pressure: 9-17
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: We rescue dogs... I am going to need LOTS of filters....

Sex: Male
Location: Atascadero Ca

Post: #14
RE: New to CPAP, need some no prescription advice.
There are internet providers who provide home sleep studies, one company I have dealt with for equipment and been very satisfied with offers a study package for $300.00, and you get your Dr. to prescribe based on its results and another for $400 in which they have a Dr. review and prescribe. I am sure other vendors offer similiar services. You might want to check them out.
10-22-2015 08:03 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
cate1898 Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 784
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: #15
RE: New to CPAP, need some no prescription advice.
Welcome to the best forum for SA ever dhille7!! You came to the right place for advice from experience users.

Good luck getting diagnosed at a reasonable cost. It will be the best money you ever spent on yourself!!!

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

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EVERY ACCOMPLISHMENT BEGINS WITH THE DECISION TO TRY!
10-23-2015 06:27 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  advice for diagnosis steps to take odoyle 12 428 Yesterday 11:50 PM
Last Post: Sleeprider
  [Equipment] Advice on transitioning from pillows to FFM? Strat0caster 8 187 12-02-2016 10:58 PM
Last Post: PaulaO2
Smile [CPAP] Diagnosis + prescription = Frustration... ApneaBoard + experimenting = Salvation! OldVet 8 262 11-28-2016 08:24 PM
Last Post: OldVet
  ADVICE ON THIS DATA Gazz 3 246 11-21-2016 11:13 AM
Last Post: OpalRose
  new user wants advice Gazz 3 221 11-19-2016 11:06 AM
Last Post: trish6hundred
  Advice needed for struggling CPAP user Fubblin 35 1,962 11-18-2016 07:18 PM
Last Post: Sleeprider
  Need full face mask advice Bob32256 11 582 11-12-2016 05:29 PM
Last Post: Sleep2Snore

Forum Jump:

Who's Online (Complete List)