(11-17-2015, 04:10 AM)Hollyboop Wrote: Here I am unable to fall asleep. I noticed that the machine "snorted" 3 times and stopped working. Completely. I had to turn the machine on again to get it going. This happened two different times before and I reported this to the DME and they sent someone to look at the machine and he reported that it is fine. Has anyone had their machine quit? Does this mean the machine is defective?
I am someone who slept great before the machine and diagnosis of sleep apnea. I slept 7+ hours every night and woke up feeling well-rested. Only recently did I notice I didn't have the stamina I used to in my dance classes (I take 4-5 each week.). I feel like I'd rather have reduced energy but have a great night sleep.
I only had an at-home sleep test because the over night study would have cost me $900. And the doctor said it wouldn't have given us much more information than the at home study. After reading on this forum, I'm not sure that I agree with him. How do I know if I must use a full face mask versus using just a nasal one? The DME was going to give me the nasal one and I mentioned that sometimes I wake us with a dry mouth and he immediately said that I need the full face mask. Maybe I don't ?!?
I am questioning whether I should research local doctors and possibly change. Also, perhaps spending the $900. for the full sleep study would have been worth it. I appreciate your opinions and wisdom.
Welcome to the forum.
Unfortunately, the Escape machine that you have is known as a brick, meaning it doesn't provide any useful information so you can determine if your therapy is optimized or not. If you have had it under a month, your chances of exchanging it are better so I hope that is the situation. Here is a link to more information on the machines you want and don't want:
Getting one of the autopaps that is data capable would be preferable because you could either set a pressure range or one pressure depending on your needs. But if you end up being stuck with a data capable cpap machine, it is still better than having the escape.
And thanks to having a brick, you don't know whether you need a full face mask or you don't as that is a common myth that having a dry mouth means you need one as you need to look at the data to see if you have consistently high leak levels or just a few times during the night. Looking at the leak level on your screen (one of the few bits of information the escape does provide) may help but without being able to look at the computer data, you're really shooting in the dark.
As to whether you need a full scale study, the answer is no if you have a data capable machine as you can download sleepyhead, which is a free program, to see if your therapy is optimized. Can't do that with the escape unfortunately.
If god forbid, you can't exchange your machine, I would take the money you were going to spend on a full scale sleep study and use it to buy a data capable machine. If you chose to go that route, we can advise you as to how to get the right one for you at the best price.
Regarding changing doctors, see how cooperative he is in helping you exchange your machine for one that has data capabilities as if the DME allows you to exchange it, they will probably require that he write a new prescription. If he refuses, then you know he doesn't have your best interests at heart.
But still, if you can get a data capable machine and optimize your therapy with the board's help, you might not even need a doctor as many people have gone for years without seeing or only see them minimally to satisfy insurance requirements.
Best of luck.
PS - Holly, I noticed in your other thread, you have had this machine for nearly a month. So if you are going to have any chance of getting the DME to exchange it, you need to act as quickly as possible.