CPAP MACHINES

Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: rberq On: Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:58 pm

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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:43 am

Thanks for all the input. I'm much more knowledgeable now. Lisa
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:01 am

Thanks for all your input. I haven't seen anything about the machine's noise level. Am I to assume that's really not an issue? Or something you just live with. Lisa
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: McGiever On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:16 am

Non-issue.
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:50 am

I have had a sleep study some years back as I snore and will stop breathing on occasion for 15 seconds or more. I did that during the study, but they said I did not have apnea. I just don't do it often enough to be a problem. During that time I heard that there might be other ways to try besides CPAP. Just now I did a search for "new apnea ideas" and found this. It's worth a read:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB100014241 ... 4067088688
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: rberq On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:59 am

lowfog01 wrote:I haven't seen anything about the machine's noise level.

First machine I had was noisy. Current one is very quiet.

Your sleep study should have specified a pressure setting -- what is yours? Generally runs anywhere from 4 to 18. 18 is very high.
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: gaw On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:43 am

lowfog01 wrote:

My next step is to get a prescription for the CPAP and start using it at least 80% of my sleeping time. I'll have to provide documentation to the DOT in order to keep my CDL. Not much I can do about it, it is what it is.

Find out the major suppliers of CPAP machines and buy stock. The DOT regs are ridiculous and doctors aren’t even sure how to interpret them. They have a list of criteria and if you fall into it they send you for a sleep study. They set the threshold for apneas per hour low enough to catch as many people as they can. Can they show anyone a study to prove that using CPAP to treat mild apnea increases safety?

Our company pays 100% of the cost for CPAP testing, machines, and supplies. The catch is their machine, and you must use their machine, reports via cell phone to safety every day and anyone out of compliance is banned from driving until they are back in compliance. I don’t know how many days it takes to get back in compliance but it is several.

I have heard mixed reports from users, some like it others resent it and just have trouble sleeping with it. Good luck and thank your federal bureaucrats.
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:12 am

gaw wrote:
lowfog01 wrote:

My next step is to get a prescription for the CPAP and start using it at least 80% of my sleeping time. I'll have to provide documentation to the DOT in order to keep my CDL. Not much I can do about it, it is what it is.



Our company pays 100% of the cost for CPAP testing, machines, and supplies. ...


VDOT is catching a lot of school bus drivers during their annual physical. A lot of us are overweight and obviously we have sedentary jobs. If you have an above average Body Mass Index you have to go have a sleep study done - at your cost. You have 3 months to get it done and if needed get a CPAP machine - at your cost - and establish a record of compliance. The record of compliance has to be at least a month of data showing 80% use. That's a lot of out of pocket money for a school bus driver. VDOT can ask for the record of compliance at anytime.

I can't help to think it's a scam to some extent. However, it is what it is. Lisa
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:15 pm

This machine also puts some relief of your heart too I think.

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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: rberq On: Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:12 pm

There are a surprising number of CPAP machines at good prices on Craigslist. Probably scary for your first time, because of the mysteries of setup, choosing a mask, etc. etc. But I wouldn't hesitate to buy a lightly-used machine of a respected brand with the right features. Obviously you would want to buy hoses and mask new.

An additional point that just occurred to me: Watch out for masks that put a lot of pressure on the bridge of your nose -- makes for sores. Forehead stabilizing pads are better.
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:35 pm

Thanks for all the input. I'm making a list to ask the CPAP department when I see the doctor for the prescription tomorrow. I contacted my insurance company and after the deductible its 100% covered. I'm in a race against the calendar because I met my deductible getting the sleep study. If I can get the follow up and the prescription on Thursday. Then I can order the actual machine before 1 Jan and not have to pay next year's deductible right now. I don't have to actually pick it up by then just have it ordered. I can learn all about the machine and masks next year with an office visit charge. I hope it all works out.

I hear you all are going to get smacked with a "major" snow storm this weekend. Not me - it's still going to be in the mid to high 40s for another 10 days at least. The lows are just a tad above freezing. The Marks Brothers are idled down and my windows are open in the afternoon. I only have to tend the stoves once a day. I'm just shaking my head. Thanks again for your thoughts on the CPAP, Lisa
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:50 pm

So I'm all set with a RESMED 10 with a full face mask CPAP. My magic number is 10. So far so good. I can't hear it at all. DK says he only notices it when the mask slips and it sounds like Darth Vader is in the room. :D

I'm all set with an app that tracks my usage and the DOT can download to ensure compliance. I discovered that I also have to report compliance to my insurance company. At this point they have a lot invested in my CPAP therapy and want to make sure I'm not blowing it off. After a 1 year I won't have to report to them and all the equipment becomes mine. After 1 month, I'll have 3 months of supplies delivered automatically but for now there are a lot of details to pay attention to. It shouldn't take too long to get the hang of it. Lisa
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: grumpy On: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:55 pm

Good news Lisa, if you need it your not going to blow it off, it did wonders for my father, kinda like me with my dental bite plate, I can't sleep without it...

Good for you, better sleep and better health.. rock on...
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: rberq On: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:56 am

lowfog01 wrote:DK says he only notices it when the mask slips and it sounds like Darth Vader is in the room. :D

Yes, most of the noise is air hissing/whooshing past the mask. Or noise from my wife when I roll over on my right side and the vents blast into her face. :o My biggest problem is air leakage -- if there's too much leakage the machine disables it's automatic pressure adjustment.
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Re: CPAP MACHINES

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:20 am

rberq wrote: My biggest problem is air leakage -- if there's too much leakage the machine disables it's automatic pressure adjustment.


I wonder if that's what happened last night. I noticed that the inflow wasn't as strong overnight and when I checked this morning it wasn't set on 10 as I had thought it was but had moved to a 5. I could have also pushed the wrong button. I'll have to watch it more closely.

I found it Interesting that my occurrences of apnea per hour doubled with the lower setting. I registered 2.9 on Tuesday (10 setting ) and 6 (5 setting) last night. The incident just reinforces I really could befit from a properly set CPAP. Have a great day, Lisa
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