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Machine: Respironics Remstar Auto System One DS560
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Got my machine over 8 years ago and...
Hi all, Im new to the forum. Just want to give a quick history. I was diagnosed with Apnea around 8 years ago and got a Resmed S7 Lightweight machine. I tried for several months on and off to sleep with several masks...I never could get through a night. Even when I thought I did, i tore the mask off in my sleep.
Years later, Im older, 47, and more concerned than ever as I hear so many stories about friends, clients, etc. who have sleep apnea. What hit home the most, a client and friend was sick for over 2 months, turned out his had fluid around his heart and they thought it was apnea. He got tested, does have it, got the machine and has said he hasnt slept this will in his memory back to childhood. He rejuvenated my desire to succeed so I went back last Friday (10/11/13) for another sleep study.

Much to my history, I couldn't fall asleep. I only was wired, no mask and no CPAP. The tech called into my room around 1am and said it better take a sleep aid as they were running short on time to do both with and w/o cpap tests. I did take it but didnt fall asleep until roughly 3am so only enough time to do the w/o test. He wouldn't give me the results as he said they are not allowed to discuss. But since he knew i had a machine, he said here, try this mask at home (because my equipment is old). I guess he told me the test results w/o telling me....

Anyhow, I probably have to go back and test with the CPAP soon. I am wondering, after learning from this site how to program the system, I find my pressure setting is a 7. I do believe in the past a tech dialed it down because i couldnt sleep with it. So is 7 a low number? I have finally gotten through the night with a mask on but I don't feel refreshed like so many say they do. I do feel better than without it for sure but not totally refreshed like a great night sleep.

Im concerned about adjusting the pressure up. Is 8 still a low number?

I know, a lot of words for such a short question. Any and all advice on this would be helpful. I want to succeed in this. Thank you very much!
10-14-2013 10:04 PM
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Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp and Silicone Head gear
Humidifier: resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18/8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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RE: Got my machine over 8 years ago and...
(10-14-2013 10:04 PM)Philipg33 Wrote:  Hi all, Im new to the forum. Just want to give a quick history. I was diagnosed with Apnea around 8 years ago and got a Resmed S7 Lightweight machine. I tried for several months on and off to sleep with several masks...I never could get through a night. Even when I thought I did, i tore the mask off in my sleep.
Years later, Im older, 47, and more concerned than ever as I hear so many stories about friends, clients, etc. who have sleep apnea. What hit home the most, a client and friend was sick for over 2 months, turned out his had fluid around his heart and they thought it was apnea. He got tested, does have it, got the machine and has said he hasnt slept this will in his memory back to childhood. He rejuvenated my desire to succeed so I went back last Friday (10/11/13) for another sleep study.

Much to my history, I couldn't fall asleep. I only was wired, no mask and no CPAP. The tech called into my room around 1am and said it better take a sleep aid as they were running short on time to do both with and w/o cpap tests. I did take it but didnt fall asleep until roughly 3am so only enough time to do the w/o test. He wouldn't give me the results as he said they are not allowed to discuss. But since he knew i had a machine, he said here, try this mask at home (because my equipment is old). I guess he told me the test results w/o telling me....

Anyhow, I probably have to go back and test with the CPAP soon. I am wondering, after learning from this site how to program the system, I find my pressure setting is a 7. I do believe in the past a tech dialed it down because i couldnt sleep with it. So is 7 a low number? I have finally gotten through the night with a mask on but I don't feel refreshed like so many say they do. I do feel better than without it for sure but not totally refreshed like a great night sleep.

Im concerned about adjusting the pressure up. Is 8 still a low number?

I know, a lot of words for such a short question. Any and all advice on this would be helpful. I want to succeed in this. Thank you very much!

I know your old sleep study was a long time ago but I hope you have a copy of it. If you don't and remember where you had your sleep study, maybe you can get the copy.

You should have the results of the events you had during your recent sleep study in a week or so. That will tell you some of the story but not the pressure you would need to control the events.

During my first sleep study, my pressure was set at 12. It is hard to answer your question about whether 8 is low or not because it depends on if that controls your AHI's or not.

The main thing is that you just started back on your machine and sometimes it can take 3 months or more for you to feel a difference in how you feel when you wake up.

Hope this is helpful for you. Someone else may have more information and/or suggestions for you.
10-14-2013 10:22 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
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Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
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CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

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RE: Got my machine over 8 years ago and...
Hi Philipg33,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more suggestions.
I will say that technology has improved since you got the machine you have now, if you could, you might consider getting a newer, data-capable machine. Best of luck to you and it's good that you are trying again with CPAP therapy, just stick with it.

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10-14-2013 11:02 PM
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Machine: S9 Autoset
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Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
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CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Post: #4
RE: Got my machine over 8 years ago and...
Taking off the mask at night is a common thing. You don't say what you did to try and fix that so I'll mention a few things. The first is to sit up with it on during the day. Mask on, machine on. Read a book, watch tv, whatever. Get used to the sensation of the mask and the air and everything that goes with it.

The next is to take naps with the mask and machine on. Set an alarm and lay down. Try to go to sleep. Just for an hour. This position also lets you adjust the mask and hose, find how and where to put everything.

Another thing to consider is a home sleep test. Talk to the sleep doc about it. They get good results. The patient gets to sleep in their own bed which helps a lot! If the results come back and say yes, you have sleep apnea, then ask for a data capable autoPAP. This kind of CPAP adjusts automatically to what you need the pressure to be. After several nights of this, you and your sleep doc will know what to do.

Your machine, the S7 Lightweight, is a dinosaur compared to what they have now! That was my old machine, too. When I got my S9, I was shocked. Quieter, lighter, smaller, nicer looking! The Lightweight is also non-data capable. It only keeps hours used. You definitely want to get a new machine.

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10-14-2013 11:58 PM
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