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(11-22-2012, 10:06 PM)Allen Wrote:
(11-22-2012, 09:54 PM)2Tim215 Wrote: I'm sorry this turned into a bit of disagreement. I will continue my therapy, especially now that I have good machine. I certainly don't want anyone at odds with each other, especially as a group who has a lot to share from experience and different perspectives.

It's not really a disagreement as I understand the need for support for those who are having problems with therapy. My concern is that some people may join this site as I did in the first place to download the clinicians manual for their cpap machine, when I first joined I had been for my second overnight sleep study and had ordered an S9 autoset after reading all the brochures of the different makes and models available. I came to this site with a positive attitude as my night on the cpap machine was a positive experience, but it didn't take long to start doubting whether I was going to succeed after reading numerous negative experiences. It has been over 2 months now since i started therapy and I am very happy with my results.
I'm glad to hear that! I'm sure mine will work out in time now that I'm on track with a machine that can adjust to my needs. This forum has helped me to stay after my health and don't back down from misleading advice from DME's that care more about what goes in their pockets rather than my lungs! I do feel and see the difference over the set pressure I had on my first machine. When I see my average pressure is above the preset locked in brick that speaks volumes and confirms what I learned. Just hoping to see my oxygen levels increase. I am recording them each night to show my Doctor and see what he recommends. I just recently received my new machine, my positives are it has brought my heart rate up, has not been uncomfortable at all with new pressure levels, and now I have a overhead hose holder that really helps me through each night now!

Tim
Finger Lakes Region, NY
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(11-22-2012, 10:58 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Thank GOD we are not the same!
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#23
specialists usually warn patients of complications and the risks that may arise during the surgery and anesthetic

all drugs comes with a list of side effects and some are serious side effects


CPAP machines and masks comes with warnings

masks warning:
The technical specifications of the mask are provided for your clinician to check that they are compatible with the CPAP or bilevel device. If used outside specification or if used with incompatible devices, the seal and comfort of the mask may not be effective, optimum therapy may not be achieved, and leak, or variation in the rate of leak, may affect the CPAP or bilevel device function.

•• Discontinue using this mask if you have ANY adverse reaction to the use of the mask, and consult your physician or sleep therapist.
•• Using a mask may cause tooth, gum or jaw soreness or aggravate an existing dental condition. If symptoms occur, consult your physician or dentist.
•• As with all masks, some rebreathing may occur at low CPAP pressures.
•• Refer to your CPAP or bilevel device manual for details on settings and operational information.
•• At a fixed rate of supplemental oxygen flow, the inhaled oxygen concentration varies, depending on the pressure settings, patient breathing pattern, mask, point of application and leak rate.
This warning applies to most types of CPAP devices.

machines warning:
Patients should report unusual chest pain, severe headache, or increased breathlessness to their prescribing physician.
An acute upper respiratory tract infection may require temporary discontinuation of treatment.

The following side effects may arise during the course of therapy with these devices:
•• drying of the nose, mouth, or throat
•• nosebleed
•• bloating
•• ear or sinus discomfort
•• eye irritation
•• skin rashes


There are many tips for new CPAP users that can make a difference when starting on CPAP therapy.
While an important treatment for obstructive sleep apnea ... CPAP IS NOT WITHOUT ITS FRUSTRATIONS

Avoiding 10 common problems
http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...CPAP_users
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(11-22-2012, 10:06 PM)Allen Wrote: I came to this site with a positive attitude as my night on the cpap machine was a positive experience, but it didn't take long to start doubting whether I was going to succeed after reading numerous negative experiences. It has been over 2 months now since i started therapy and I am very happy with my results.

Hi Allen,

Part of what you're expressing here is due to the very nature of these types of forums. The vast majority of first time posters on Apnea Board come here with some sort of problem (a negative experience). People who generally are having a wonderful experience on CPAP with no issues whatsoever seldom seek out an online source to solve a non-existent problem.

If we deleted all the negative experiences posted on Apnea Board, half of the posts we get deleted. Bigwink

The forum exists to help folks overcome their negative experiences... the first step of recovery (as they say) is admitting there is a problem. So, when folks come on here and complain, or say they have a problem with a DME, doctor, etc. or express their negative frustrations.... they are THEN on the road to recovery... They have to let us know there IS a problem before we can offer any help to solve the problem.

I agree that new members should read the Your Personal CPAP Success Story - Post Here thread - that's why it gets stuck up at the top of the forums, in fact.

Glad you're having good success with CPAP. Coffee


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(11-21-2012, 09:06 PM)Sleepster Wrote: IPAP 10.5 cm, EPAP 8.0 cm, Humidifier 1, Bi-Flex 3, System One Resistance off.

Hey! Resistance off. I wonder.... I've messed with various settings for the past month because I could but I wonder if that will help things. Sure you have it as a passive tag line but it did remind me that that's one option I've overlooked so far. I'll check it out. Thanks.
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(11-23-2012, 08:08 PM)Ugly Wrote: Hey! Resistance off. I wonder.... I've messed with various settings for the past month because I could but I wonder if that will help things. Sure you have it as a passive tag line but it did remind me that that's one option I've overlooked so far. I'll check it out. Thanks.

All it does is lower the pressure.
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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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(11-23-2012, 07:59 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: So, when folks come on here and complain, or say they have a problem with a DME, doctor, etc. or express their negative frustrations.... they are THEN on the road to recovery... They have to let us know there IS a problem before we can offer any help to solve the problem.
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