Sleep Apnea

Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:30 pm

kozel wrote:Sleeping and gasping for air, I thought I had it till I woke up and found my wife standing over me with a pillow.


Aw, she was just trying to muffle your snoring .... or what? :shock: Now, if you had a CPAP on, it be harder to use that pillow technique ;)
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: Bulldogr6 On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:16 pm

Funny that I find this thread now. I just got my CPAP machine on Monday, Its a Resmed Autoset 2. Although it is more bulky I found the Mirage Activa nasal mask much more comfortable and easier to deal with that the nasal pillow one she brought with her. I am going to try more than a few just to ensure I find the best one for me.
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: av8r On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:37 pm

Bulldogr6 wrote:Funny that I find this thread now. I just got my CPAP machine on Monday, Its a Resmed Autoset 2. Although it is more bulky I found the Mirage Activa nasal mask much more comfortable and easier to deal with that the nasal pillow one she brought with her. I am going to try more than a few just to ensure I find the best one for me.



I went through 10 or so before I stuck with the Swift. I have a few more conventional masks, but they always end up irritating the skin on my nose.
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: rberq On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:53 pm

av8r wrote:Be sure to ask them for an Auto or APAP machine with a heated humidifier. Respironics M series is one of the most popular. The medical goods vendor is going to overcharge your insurance company by at least 150% (no, I'm not joking) so demand the machine you want. DO NOT SETTLE FOR A CRAPPY MACHINE.


I have had sleep apnea for years, have had three different machines, and the above is by far the best and the quietest I have had. Also it is the first I have had with an integrated heated humidifier, which I highly recommend. The auto-adjusting feature works well. The sleep lab recommended such a high pressure for me that it would lift the full-face mask right off my face and cause massive mask leaks so the whole thing was almost impossible to use. It turns out that the high pressure is needed only very rarely; the auto-adjust feature senses the need and ramps the pressure up and down appropriately. The M series also is available with a-flex and/or c-flex to momentarily reduce pressure when you begin to exhale, which is helpful.

CPAP.COM and other sites will sell you equipment over the Internet (prescription required). I have a high co-pay on my insurance, and it was actually cheaper for me to ignore the insurance and buy from cpap.com than to use the insurance and cover the co-pay. There is some kind of shady dealing that goes on (surprise!) between the pharmacies and the insurance companies. On my second machine, the pharmacy tech told me if I walked in off the street with no insurance, he would sell me the machine for $550 cash. Once he knew that I had insurance, and that his employer (pharmacy) had a contract with the insurance company, he was REQUIRED by the pharmacy to charge $1150 for it, and they would likely fire him if they found out he did otherwise. My co-pay alone would have been more than the $550 cash price, and the Internet price was the same $550, so that's how I bought it. Same price ratio and discrepancy applied to masks, tubing, etc.
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: Linc On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:25 pm

My insurance covers my CPAP machine and all 100%. I can get a new mask,strap,hose and filters every 6 months also at 100% coverage. My employer has gone with a new insurance co. starting Jan. 1. Hope the new company covers as good as the last one.
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: av8r On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:52 pm

Linc wrote:My insurance covers my CPAP machine and all 100%. I can get a new mask,strap,hose and filters every 6 months also at 100% coverage. My employer has gone with a new insurance co. starting Jan. 1. Hope the new company covers as good as the last one.

Mine also, but I've found it's much cheaper and easier to just order a new hose online for $8 vs having to go see the doc to get a script, then go to the DME who orders the stuff and 2 weeks later calls me to tell me it's in. I order it online and have it in 2 days...no doc visits, no delays!!
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: Dann757 On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:37 pm

My brother definitely has it. He had 2 heart attacks too. I must have it, I wake up gasping sometimes. What is it, a design flaw by God?
I can't wait until the fearless leader pulls 85 billion dollars out of thin air so I too can have health care; otherwise I have to limit it to cash out of my pocket once a year, $90.00 for four minutes with my doctor, serious problems only. (He gives me a price break.)
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: snuffy On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:01 am

I tried the the surgical option and had the punching bag (actually call the uvula) loped off. I mistakenly called it vulva to my female ENT - :o so glad she corrected me professionally although blushing with a slight smile. Anyway, although its a very very painful experience I would have it done this way again. The third alternative was using ultrasound to shrink the soft palate tissue at a cost of $3,000.00 per treatment. It would have taken about five treatments or the equivilent of a professionall installed EFM 520. I'm sleeping much better and deeper since the 2003 surgery.
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: Linc On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:03 pm

I don't need to see the Doc or to get a new script for replacement items. But it does take a week or two for it to be delivered right to my house.
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: Mastiffman On: Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:13 pm

After 2 weeks of shortness of breath I went to the doctor 8:00AM on 12/22 and ended up in the hospital for 3 days with congestive heart failure.

After test out the wazoo over days it looks like ALL my health problems are related to sleep apnea. It's actually killing me, and if things don't change immediately the pulmonary specialist gives me a year, maybe 3 tops.

I can give more details if anyone is interested.

The right side of my heart is enlarged from fighting to pump extra thru my lungs while I'm not breathing overnight.

Plus the fact that I'm so fat I'm now too large for my lung capacity.

Next up for me is a sleep study on Tuesday, then probably a BiPAP machine (instead of a CPAP).

So now I'm home, feel the same. The only difference is I have a "Combivent" inhaler to take 4X a day until the sleep study.

Doc says I will feel better immediately with start of the machine and will probably drop weight quickly once I start sleeping.

So the diet starts tomorrow......
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:44 pm

That's quite a story. Get the sleep study and lose some weight, you are right, it will kill you.

My appointment with the Doc to go over the study results is on the 30th. I won't be here soon enough. Still don't know for sure if I have it and no treatment yet.

I'm interested in seeing if resolving this affects any other problems.
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Dec 26, 2008 11:07 pm

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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: rberq On: Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:15 pm

Mastiffman -

One side benefit of losing weight is that cpap / bipap pressure can often be reduced as weight decreases. cpap is more difficult to use at higher pressures due mainly to more mask leakage. Try to get the best cpap or bipap that you can, which usually means Respironics. Good luck.
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:20 pm

Dann757 wrote:My brother definitely has it. He had 2 heart attacks too. I must have it, I wake up gasping sometimes. What is it, a design flaw by God?
I can't wait until the fearless leader pulls 85 billion dollars out of thin air so I too can have health care; otherwise I have to limit it to cash out of my pocket once a year, $90.00 for four minutes with my doctor, serious problems only. (He gives me a price break.)


Waking up gasping is not good. I would consider it a "serious problem" that warrants a visit to the doctor.
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Re: Sleep Apnea

PostBy: Bulldogr6 On: Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:40 pm

That video is pretty scary! I cant believe that's what I might have sounded like.

On a higher note, A have been using my VPAP machine for a few weeks now. Its nice to be able to get a good nights sleep. It did take a few nights to adjust to it but now its the norm.
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