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I agree with what has been said so far.
Best of luck to you with your CPAP therapy and hang in there for more responses to your post.
Thanks guys for your responses.
Money is not really much of a concern because it's my health at stake. I thought my health insurance was gonna cover the CPAP but they just don't. I have a plan I bought myself on the Obamacare exchange in California(USA) and I've been very happy with them. I don't know why they are not covering the CPAP, but they've covered my sleep study, classes and even free masks 100%. I asked for a 'nasal pillow' mask and they just gave me one for free (ResMed Swift FX).
Kaiser has been pretty good dealing with the lack of coverage for my CPAP and they are referring me with a wide range of local and online vendors that offer new and second hand machines. They have cut a deal with a local shop here in SF California (Sleepquest) and they negotiated rate for a brand new ResMed S9 AutoSet + H5i humidifier +ClimateLine heated tube is $650 all in which seems competitive from what I've seen. It got this machine and I have one month to give it a try. I can return the machine minus some restocking fee if it doesn't work out.
This is obviously the start of a new phase for me. I was not totally shocked about the sleep apnea diagnosis. I've had really poor sleep the last few years and lately my partner had been telling me I was snoring a lot and running out of breath often. I recorded audio of myself and it was clear I was not breathing for a while at some moments. My visit to the sleep clinic formalized my suspicions. Nonetheless it feels odd having to rely on machinery to achieve good sleep and I'm assuming it will take time to adjust. I'm currently 38 and not really overweight so there doesn't seem much of a reason for this problem to go away on it's own. If anything it may get worse.
Hoping this new start for me is just the beginning of better things to come.
If you are showing improvements with CPAP, then you should continue with it - even a mild improvement can have huge knock-on effects to your general health and well being, reducing any number of potential chronic illnesses and problems. The low pressure is actually not significant in making this decision - the AHI and other factors are. Mostly the low pressure is indicating that you do not yet need a lot of pressure to keep your throat open, and that is a very positive sign - your weight, age and general health are contributing factors to this. On the whole, despite the "sticker shock", you are being offered a very good machine, and I would certainly jump at the offer if you wish to continue to live a vigorous and productive life. I might make one minor suggestion - if you can get to try out the brand new Resmed Airfit P10 and see if you have even better comfort or reaction to it over the Swift mask, do so. It can be quite comfortable and some members do like it, others not so much, but it is a step up in certain areas (mostly the venting system, which is far quieter and gentler than on the Swift masks).
What this is, very clearly, is NOT a waste of time - you DO need it. Good luck, and happy sleeping.