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Not going to pay for sleep study .. bought cpap
#1
Hey ive been using cpap machine on and off past year or so..

most of the time not using it but trying to change that.

I have my good night set to about 10.0.

I think i've got a pretty good/ severe case of sleep apnea.

People say i snore like crazy anways..and snort when i stop breathing and start breathing again.

Anyways i can determine a good setting?
If i could get a good deal on an Auto adusting cpap then i would not need sleep study right?
Maybe i should have sleep study can do at home for about 300 eh?
I could handle that.

Thanks mike
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#2
Welcome mikeinthecountry344,
I can understand that if you don't have insurance (I'm just assuming that you don't), that a sleep study can be expensive. So definitely get the home study done.

We are flying blind here to try and suggest a pressure for you without a sleep study and titration.

Yes, you can get a good deal on an APAP, but there is a chance you may need a different type of machine, then you will have wasted time and money.

Again, get the home study done, then we will have some information to go on.
Good luck!
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#3
There are two good machines for sale on the Pittsburgh Craigslist right now, a PRS1 560 auto and a Resmed S9 Autoset. Both are auto-titrating and have great data capabilities. You might want to keep an eye out in your area for similar deals.

I think you can work with your general physician to get prescriptions for masks and other needs. Once you have a data capable machine, it does not diagnose a condition, but it shows your treatment effectiveness. If you think you have apnea, you probably do. Snoring, fatigue, headaches all point to it. A diagnosis from a home study is relatively inexpensive, and the auto machines can provide titration without a lab study. I might suggest you talk to your doctor about a home sleep study, or if he will support you with needed prescriptions, then just work with him/her.
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#4
Hi mikeinthecountry344,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more suggestions and answers to your questions and much success to you.
trish6hundred
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#5
Welcome to the Forum Mike!

The previous posters have made some very good points. My vote is for the home sleep study if you can swing it. Good luck with whatever you decide.
Regards;
Lex Cool
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#6
Auto-titrating machine only tells part of the story.

OP may be hypoxic at various levels, so would suggest at least an overnight pulse oximeter to monitor sats and desats, especially if he is only using a straight CPAP machine.

It really helps to have available data as well, OP. What do your Rescan data reveal?

In any event, overnight home study does seem warranted, at least for dx purposes.
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#7
I did the overnight sleep study (my girlfriend works for a sleep doc), then purchased my machine online. Good luck!
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#8
I still recommend getting the sleep study, but like you, I was willing to shell out for a machine right away to get relief (the process in getting a machine was over 4 months). Get an auto machine that works in Sleepyhead first, then save for the sleep study. When you do the sleep study, you will get better results if you discontinue cpap for 3-4 days.

An auto machine isn't going to hurt you, but if you have certain conditions, it isn't going to help either because you need higher settings or a different machine. I'm still puzzled as to why the Respironics 560 loaner doesn't work for me anywhere nearly as well as the Resmed S9 in auto mode, so even if you have the study, some things may need tweaking.
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#9
I agree with OpalRose.

In light of OP's situation, i.e., he already has CPAP, I think that before purchasing APAP or other, sleep study (overnight home or preferably lab) might be better for him. Let's face it, OP and we are 'blind' about his condition. For all we know he may need a different machine than APAP or CPAP. Perhaps he will need BPAP, or ASV type of machine.

This whole discussion is placing the cart before the horse.

On another matter, OP, does your machine (discontinued) really use Rescan? Are you sure? I saw otherwise in doing a Search.

OP, please post some recent data.
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#10
(07-10-2015, 11:41 AM)tedburnsIII Wrote: I agree with OpalRose.

In light of OP's situation, i.e., he already has CPAP, I think that before purchasing APAP or other, sleep study (overnight home or preferably lab) might be better for him. Let's face it, OP and we are 'blind' about his condition. For all we know he may need a different machine than APAP or CPAP. Perhaps he will need BPAP, or ASV type of machine.

This whole discussion is placing the cart before the horse.

On another matter, OP, does your machine (discontinued) really use Rescan? Are you sure? I saw otherwise in doing a Search.

OP, please post some recent data.

While I agree with you Ted, the financial reality for many is that they can afford the apap or they can afford the sleep study, but not both the same year. If the OP CAN afford it, I agree that he should do the home sleep study first. If he can't, getting therapy as quickly as possible is better than nothing at all for months. Very few people need BPAP or ASV in the absence of already existing respiratory or heart problems. Even Medicare starts just about everybody on a CPAP first anyway - probably no different where the OP lives.

To clarify, and perhaps others would disagree, seems to me that you are less likely to run into problems running an apap at 6-20 than you could running a straight pressure until your wife reports you are no longer snoring.
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