(04-04-2013 10:40 PM)archangle Wrote: Once you get used to the machine, many people don't feel the pressure. Feel the air stream blowing out the vent holes with your hand when you first put it on. When you feel like it's not blowing, feel the air stream to see it's blowing. You can also lift up the edge of the mask and feel the air gush out to convince yourself.
You got screwed with the Respironincs SE. Using a brick CPAP to treat a patient is like treating diabetes and only testing your blood sugar once a year or so. It's also dumb because you need another sleep test every so often if you have a brick. With a good CPAP, you collect data like a limited sleep test every night and don't need a new sleep test as often.
Just a quick, quick comment before I babble:
I STILL SNORE! IS THAT AN INDICATION THE PRESSURE ISN'T OPTIMUM. I'LL BET IT IS....
You're not the only one telling me I bought myself a lemon with the Philips Respironics REMstar SE System One!
I live in Toronto, Ontario Canada. I am on a health-related disability pension with the Ontario government. As with every Canadian, healthcare is publicly funded by the government of Canada, but for "extras" like CPAP machines one either forks out for it themselves or, like me, has coverage (mine is government but I'm sure there are many health carriers that give partial or full coverage) that will kick in to pay a SET FEE for certain services and equipment.
Strangely enough, the government of Ontario's published rates to cover a CPAP machine works out pretty much exactly to what the Homecare provider charged me for the unit.
Pretty fishy, huh?
The loaner they lent me initially was an EXCELLENT device: LCD screen, flywheel menu, and it was a data collection POWERHOUSE. It monitored my progress, throughout the night, and over a period of 7 days it built up a sort of "treatment blueprint" based on my events and what worked, and what didn't. The provider was even nice enough to show me all the amazing statistics and graphs these machine was able to create. I also used SleepyHead software to track my own progress (but I didn't tell the Provider that lol). I was able to see that my AHI index was getting better with each night, events were WAY down from the beginning of therapy, and the machine itself had the software to not only record all this, but to automatically change my pressure during the course of the night, confirm the efficacy of its own decision, and then use that pressure again.
The machine settled on a pressure of 10 during most of the night. My apnea AHI was 0.49 on the last night with that particular device. Snoring and the other indices were also WAY down. It was exciting to actually SEE the reasons why I was feeling so very much better in such a short period of time.
So, I'm stuck with a government-approved "brick" now, as the lingo goes, and I have to make the best of it.
I am still snoring.
I have acid reflux once in a blue moon which makes compliance difficult. I'm still not good enough in my mind to look to my compliance when I'm semi-conscious. That's still a hard one for me, but it's getting better every night.
I am currently set to 11, but one way or another I am going to get that pressure up, and see if I can't feel better. I believe this machine is good, but a bare-bones model that needs active patient participation to work at its best. As my body is in the process of changing (I'm actively going to the gym, something I was too fatigued to do before!) I bet my needs are going to change, too, but I gotta get the snoring cut down.