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Wink Recently started APAP, best decision for my health I've ever made.
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Posted by: Moonlight Graham - 7 hours ago - Replies (2)

I'm 45 and looking back I estimate I've had sleep apnea for close to 20 years. I knew I snored and always woke up tired but I just blew it off as normal aging and no big deal. 

In the last couple years my blood pressure was going up. (165/112) I blew it off for a while but decided it wasn't going to go back down on its own so I went to see my Dr. and he suggested blood pressure medicine. In the days leading up to the appointment I read about how sleep apnea could be a cause for hypertension so I asked if I should get a sleep study first to see if that was a possible cause. 

I had the sleep study, 2 of them actually because I literally didn't sleep a wink during the first one. The 2nd sleep study I managed to sleep enough to get a diagnosis of 47 AHI with O2 level dropping down to 79% at times. I was also told I didn't achieve REM sleep during the study so my numbers were likely to be worse than 47. 

Now that I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, it had my attention. I realized it was like someone was holding a pillow over my face and suffocating me hundreds of times a night, depriving my brain of oxygen and restorative sleep. 

So, I decided to do all of the research I could before my DME got ahold of me. I was surprised to learn about the wide range of health issues sleep apnea could possibly affect/cause. I realized a lot of them I had. High blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, memory loss, brain fog, lack of focus, anxiety, irritability, and always tired. 

I was excited to start therapy to see if CPAP would help some of the symptoms I was having so I did my homework by searching forums like this one. I learned that I should insist from my DME to give me a data capable APAP rather than a brick CPAP machine. I learned all I could about clinical menus & preferred ranges to set it around my titrated pressure. I learned about the different types of apneas, ramps, EPR, humidity, masks, and how to use Sleepyhead software. 

I think because I was so well informed on what to do and what to expect, I had immediate results that I can only describe as AMAZING!!It's been around one month since I started using my APAP & my AHI averages around 1! My blood pressure is down to around 118/82 regularly! I literally feel 20 years younger. I wake up on most days raring to go! I've noticed my brain fog has lifted, my focus is sharper, and I'm remembering things a lot better. My patience is better too. The world just seems brighter. My golf game is getting better too but that may or may not be related. Wink

I had forgotten what it felt like to get restorative sleep. It makes everything else easier. 

Knowing what I know now and how great I feel it upsets me that I didn't fix this years ago. I made life harder on myself for years, needlessly. Oh well better late than never right?

Anyways, I just wanted to thank the forum for helping me take right to this and for helping me get immediate results.

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  Interesting clip on BBC website
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Posted by: dugdale - 7 hours ago - No Replies

BBC video

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  Understanding Flow Rate
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Posted by: Bruce456 - 11 hours ago - Replies (2)

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Had  a good night on my cpap machine, the last hour and a half was really good, my question is the flow rate is high and steady, is that because the leak rate is right down?
Is a high flow rate a good or bad thing?

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  Still snoring. Any thoughts?
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Posted by: lisamcrn - Yesterday, 09:09 PM - Replies (2)

Hello.  Appreciate any thoughts to my current Sleepyhead data. 

I'm still snoring and have been trying to use a chin strap.  I'm still struggling with keeping my masks on for the entire night.  I'm switching between the FP Eson NM and Brevida NP.  I have a few small leaks with that will be working on trying to make a mask liner after this.  I also use the FP Brevida.  I really like both products, but get irritated with them. 


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  RAMP no longer found in menu
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Posted by: youngnold - Yesterday, 09:03 PM - Replies (2)

My husband's Philips Respironics RemStar Pro machine suddenly stopped ramping (last night).  When we attempt to "restart" the ramp option it is no longer found in the menu options on his machine.  What is going on?  How do we fix this?

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  Extension Cords
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Posted by: yenobstev - Yesterday, 08:31 PM - Replies (5)

I've read here that a person should bring an extension cord when traveling with their pap equipment.  I was curious if any of you have found a particular extension cord that might work better for traveling.  

I would like to get something of high quality, with an appropriate length, that can be packed easily in the case with everything else..

I realize that the best answer may be "anything will work."  If you have anything that has worked especially well for you, I would be interested in hearing about it!

Thank you.

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  How many hours of life in a machine?
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Posted by: bexiesbruv - Yesterday, 07:24 PM - Replies (1)

For instance a ResMed S9 Autoset which I have been offered used.
Looked at a video of this equipment and I believe I can see the machine hours from the extended menus.
Is there an effective lifetime for the machine (or any machine) in hours of use before total (or uneconomic repair) failure?


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  Here is my new Diagnosis
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Posted by: silversnore - Yesterday, 06:50 PM - Replies (2)

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Hi Guys,

I have attached my diagnosis of my recent sleep study.  As being newly diagnosed, I am looking for comments and recommendations.  It appears that I did ok at lower pressures than the Dr. has prescribed, I am not sure what the reasoning is here, but again have never been through this.  Would an auto machine take care of pressure adjustments according to its algorithms?  I am going to get a prescription Tuesday for the equipment and would like to as prepared as possible, all advice will be greatly appreciated.  


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  prescribed a bipap machine
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Posted by: silversnore - Yesterday, 03:20 PM - Replies (3)

Hi All,

I received my sleep study report today and surprisingly they have prescribed a Bipap machine, what are my best choices?  Also would it be appropriate to post my sleep study to the forum, I go back Tuesday to see about equipment.  Thanks in advance!!!  I think pressures where 11 and 6 as recomended.

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  RE: ResScan CPAP Reporting Software (current version: 5.1)
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Posted by: frankresmeds9 - Yesterday, 02:23 PM - Replies (1)

My ResScan program has become corrupted and I need the link to download the ResScan software.

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