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mmhoss13 Offline

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Posts: 1
Joined: Aug 2014

Machine: unsure
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: unsure
Humidifier: unsure
CPAP Pressure: 4 over 12 (i think)
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Sex: Female

Post: #1
Question new to vpap
I have been using a vpap a very short time now but need to know if some of my experiences are normal. First is that even though I use the humidifier, I wake up with super thick snot that is sometimes bloody. Should I just turn the humidifier up? I didn't have this problem when using a Bipap for about 5 months before getting this vpap machine.

Second is that I will take my pulse-ox sometimes through the night and it's down in the 70's, which we all know is not good. It works its ways back up slowly, but worries me. My mom has checked it on occasion while I'm sound asleep and it's in the lower 90's. Anybody else had theirs drop like that? My doc didn't seemed concerned, almost annoyed by questioning in fact. ???
08-24-2014 02:29 PM
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annbower1125 Offline

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Posts: 28
Joined: Jul 2014

Machine: Remstar Auto A-Flex
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Quattro FX
Humidifier: System One Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 4-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: find me on Facebook, Ann Margaret Simmons-Bower

Sex: Female
Location: Pinellas Park, Florida USA

Post: #2
RE: new to vpap
I am brand new also, there are some great people on this site that will help you. If I was having those problems and my doctor didn't think it was bad, I would probably try another doctor, oxi level in the 70's cant be good. Good luck
08-24-2014 03:01 PM
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PaytonA Offline
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Posts: 3,007
Joined: Dec 2013

Machine: ResMed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: H5i(distilled-top up)
CPAP Pressure: VAuto MinE14.0 MaxI 20.6 PS4.0
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Orange County,California

Post: #3
RE: new to vpap
The VPAP is ResMed's version of the Philips BiPAP. They both intend to accomplish the same thing. I would say the first thing that you should try is increase the setting on the humidifier.
08-24-2014 05:32 PM
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justMongo Offline


Posts: 3,845
Joined: Sep 2013

Machine: ResMed VPAP Auto (S9)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18 IPAPmax - 11 EPAPmin, PS=5
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Sex: Male
Location: Калифорния

Post: #4
RE: new to vpap
VPAP is ResMed's trade name for BiLevel. So, one can conclude you are using a ResMed machine.
Question: Is it an S8 or S9. The model name is just above the power button on the S9.
It may say VPAP Auto or VPAP S or ????
The control of the humidifier depends upon the type of hose you are using: Climateline or regular.
And, how the humidifier control has been setup by the provider.

What type of pulse oximeter are you using? Does it record? Or, are you just doing spot checks.
Some are not very accurate.

Frankly, too little information to offer any suggestions.

08-24-2014 05:35 PM
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vsheline Offline

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Posts: 1,907
Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: S9 VPAP Adapt (USA Model# 36007, not better 36037 or 36067)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F10 or SimPlus w/ 2Liners. MirageQuatro & Gecko gel pad
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 15 EPAP, PS 5-10
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: Marfan Syndrome, chronic bradycardia, occasional Cheyne-Stokes Respiration

Sex: Male
Location: California, USA

Post: #5
RE: new to vpap
Hi mmhoss13m, welcome to the forum

Right next to its on/off button your machine will probably show its model name, such as VPAP S or VPAP Auto or VPAP ST or VPAP ST-A or VPAP Adapt.

At the top right of all forum pages is a "My Profile" link to our profile, so we can easily update it with our machine's model name.

You should ask for copies of your sleep reports (the full reports, including all data!) and of your prescription. You have a right to have copies of these, for your own records. Also, when traveling you may need to show it to airlines to get the machine exempted from your normal baggage limit, or to get a mask or hose or other part if something breaks while traveling. There is also very good information in the reports that you would benefit from reviewing or al least having access to.

Take care,
--- Vaughn

Membership in the Advisory Member group should not be understood as in any way implying medical expertise or qualification for advising Sleep Apnea patients concerning their treatment. The Advisory Member group provides advice and suggestions to Apnea Board administrators and staff on matters concerning Apnea Board operation and administrative policies - not on matters concerning treatment for Sleep Apnea. I think it is now too late to change the name of the group but I think Voting Member group would perhaps have been a more descriptive name for the group.
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08-24-2014 05:44 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Posts: 6,436
Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #6
RE: new to vpap
Hi mmhoss13,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Which machine do you have? Post a little more information so you will be able to get the help you need.
Best of luck to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.

08-24-2014 06:18 PM
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