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Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP - My Journey
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warmbear Offline

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Machine: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Respironics Nuance
Humidifier: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP
CPAP Pressure: Auto BiPAP 6-14 PS 3-6
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Pacific Northwest, USA

Post: #1
Ohmy Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP - My Journey
Good Evening, everyone...

Contrary to rumor, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I have been waiting until after I had my latest titration study, my day 31 face-to-face with the sleep doc, and had at least gotten my machine set to "auto", before I posted a new thread on my SA journey.

So, here is some of my journey.... Until two days ago, my machine was set as a fixed BiLevel, with IPAP of 12 and EPAP of 8. Although this was producing an AHI of less than 5, it was not comfortable for me, and I was waking frequently, and as soon as I had my 4 hours of use in for the night, off the machine came. After a protracted discussion with my sleep doc, he finally agreed to let me use the auto level feature of my machine. Based on my latest titration study('twas a nightmare), my machine is currently set to Ipap max of 14, Epap min of 6, pressure support 3 - 6.

The first night of the new settings (Tuesday night), I slept much better than I had been on "fixed", 5 or 6 hours without waking.. However, yesterday I had a cardiac cath procedure, and they wanted me to bring my machine for my use during the procedure. The procedure seems to have gone well (the hospital staff were all interested in my machine), but last night's sleep experience was simply awful....

Last night, I simply could not seem to breathe with the machine on.. I fell asleep a number of times with it on, only to wake up with my mask off, and the machine still running. I have never done this before with the bipap machine (taken my mask off in my sleep), no matter how uncomfortable I have been, so this was pretty disconcerting for me.

I am still having issues with my nasal pillows (nuance) and when the problems happen with the mask seem pretty random, with no apparent trigger that I can determine. Dont-know

I have installed sleepyhead, and have imported the data from my card into the program. Okay

So, what SH screens would you like to look at, and how do I upload them to this thread? Huh
09-15-2016 10:52 PM
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Machine: DreamStation X500
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Walk-in Mask Closet
Humidifier: DreamStation
CPAP Pressure: 13-16
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Post: #2
RE: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP - My Journey
For posting SH images, these two links are what you need to know:

https://sleep.tnet.com/reference/tips/imgur
https://sleep.tnet.com/resources/sleepyhead/shorganize
https://sleep.tnet.com/resources/sleepyhead/shscreenshot
09-15-2016 10:59 PM
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warmbear Offline

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Machine: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Respironics Nuance
Humidifier: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP
CPAP Pressure: Auto BiPAP 6-14 PS 3-6
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Pacific Northwest, USA

Post: #3
RE: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP - My Journey
Here is Tuesday night's graphs (I have no "flow limit" graphs)

http://imgur.com/a/qrGRY
09-15-2016 11:43 PM
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warmbear Offline

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Machine: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Respironics Nuance
Humidifier: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP
CPAP Pressure: Auto BiPAP 6-14 PS 3-6
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Pacific Northwest, USA

Post: #4
RE: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP - My Journey
Here are the graphs for last night (the "problem" night)

http://imgur.com/a/3jMdB
09-16-2016 12:34 AM
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warmbear Offline

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Joined: Aug 2016

Machine: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Respironics Nuance
Humidifier: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP
CPAP Pressure: Auto BiPAP 6-14 PS 3-6
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Pacific Northwest, USA

Post: #5
RE: Respironics DreamStation Auto BiPAP - My Journey
Hello again everyone...

I made an appointment today to learn how to read the data presented on the graphs.

My thanks to those here who have been helpful.
09-19-2016 11:36 PM
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