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[split] New to CPAP - Not Convinced Yet
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[split] New to CPAP - Not Convinced Yet
Not convinced. 

I’ve tried the cpap for about 3 weeks and I’m just not convinced yet. When I had the finger monitor test done, my thyroid medication was too high and I was very unsettled. It’s coming down now where my heart isn’t pounding.
The Respiratory Therapist has me renting for a month at $400. and then I pay $2400. to purchase one. Very convincing sales person but I’m not able to accept his yet.  It wasn’t suggested that I speak to my Dr first which is what I’m going to do now. $2800. Is a lot right now. It’s tax time. I also travel  a lot and am off the grid frequently. I just don’t see his I can afford it and how this will all come together. I’ve read others struggles and to stay with it. I’m sorry ? I’m just not there right now and feel I need another test or something.
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RE: [split] New to CPAP - Not Convinced Yet
Hi welcome to the Apnea Board.

I was in very much the same situation when I started CPAP. I have other medical needs and certainly it can get discouraging. If I'd found this Apnea Board sooner who knows how much better off my therapy successes would have been.

Have you considered getting the free program called OSCAR? It can display your therapy data and we can see it as well when you attach it to a post in this thread. We can give assistance and suggestions to make the PAP therapy best for you and you will be successful with it then. Let us know how we can help. It's not normal to need a mask to breathe correctly while sleeping, so it will take time to get used to it.

I will leave your with this, if you've gotten this far, the Respiratory Therapist must have tested you for the need of CPAP. Hopefully we can help you be successful.
Dave

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RE: [split] New to CPAP - Not Convinced Yet
Sylvia, it sounds as though you were tested with nothing but an oximeter to use during the night (the thing that clips onto your finger). Is that correct? If so, that is NOT a useful test for sleep apnea. It can measure only one thing: your blood O2 saturation levels. The results can't possible determine whether you have sleep apnea or not. Please request a home sleep apnea test!

I'm also just appalled by the amounts of money you're being asked to fork over. Right now, you can buy a new ResMed Airsense 10 Autoset on line for around $600 U.S. (You do need a prescription, which in the US can be written by a doctor, nurse practitioner, or dentist.)

I think you are dealing with a rotten organization that is interested in nothing but profit. Return the machine to them and have nothing more to do with them -- that would be my advice. As your doctor for a proper test for apnea and, if you need it, a way to buy a machine at reasonable cost. I'd say more to advise you, but I don't quite know how things work in B.C. Canada.
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I have noticed the same with the cost of equipment here in B.C. It seems the suppliers are geared more toward insured clients. The cost of my unit and accessories totaled slightly over 2500 most of which was payed by my primary and secondary insurance. I have priced them out online at a third of the price, however my primary  insurance company  would  not support a device purchased online, forcing me to purchase from a local  supplier. It was more cost effective for me to go through insurance. If I had no insurance I would have definitely shopped around.
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RE: [split] New to CPAP - Not Convinced Yet
You don’t need support for your Cpap, that is what this site is for. The cost you are quoted is unreal. You can make your own changes to the settings and get excellent help here. 

For the most part the supplier does nothing after the purchase and if they do it takes a week to get any help while here you can get help the same day you post your Oscar (free download) charts.
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All true, staceyburke, but Sylvia may not even have had an actual sleep study. That's an important first step.
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