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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by movingon on Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:50 pm

Hi,
I'm new to cpap, Nov. 2016. Still learning what its all about and what questions to ask. I fly rc gliders and helicopters and belong to several rc forums. There are many wonderful people out there who put in the extra time and effort to help noobs get started in the hobby. I have found this site to be more of the same! Thanks to all of the forum members who have contributed their experiences to make this process less confusing! I had a bunch of questions just prior to becoming a member, now not so much. Thanks for the wealth of information that you have all contributed. :D `

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by ma on Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:24 am

Hello Newbie - Yeah, it is uncomfortable, but you/ll get used to it. • Face itching? Heard that - but, again, you'll get used to it ... just learn to ignore it. (easy to say, hard to do). • I tried the nasal mask, which was nice and way more comfortable. But I'm using 18 out of 20 pressure on my ResMed CPAP,which is way too much pressure for the little nasal mask. (darn it). • I allow myself one time a night to take the face mask off, scratch my nose, eyes, face, get a drink of water, etc. • Using a humidifier on the CPAP helps with itching and dry mouth - I have mine cranked up to 70% now - helps. • The best advice I can give is just stay with it - do not give up on it. It is an advocate for your health. I had a long hard first three months, but I have come to terms with it. CPAP is truly a life-saver. Make it your friend.

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by MarkCPAPguy on Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:13 am

Dear Newbie - I've had two doctors tell me that I have one of the worst case of sleep apnea that they've ever seen! Newbie - be patient. I've been on a CPAP for almost a year, and though the progress has been slow,it has definitely improved my quality of life. For the first three months I cussed the mask out every night! Any mask on your face is not natural - and' yes 'it's uncomfortable... But you can get used to it - especially if you realize that it will promote your overall health and well-being. (in fact I think CPAP saved my marriage).

So,make "friends" with the CPAP and the stupid face mask... I finally made peace with it - knowing that my health - and my mood would improve. And they have. Is it weird? Yes. Is it uncomfortable? Yes. Is it worth it? OH YES!!!

The discomfort of using the CPAP and the stupid mask is absolutely worth it.
Stick with it, and you will see results. Also, if you don't have a doctor that specializes in sleep disorders - please find one. Good luck to you, newbie.

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by palerider on Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:56 am

ckeith wrote:Sorry if I Faux-Pas
But I thought the place to start would be the thread Titled:
"Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start" it seemed obvious to me at the time\


start LEARNING not start BITCHING.

for other newbies.... this poster turned out to just be a troll, and thankfully left after a brief pollution of the forum.

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by ckeith on Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:34 pm

Sorry if I Faux-Pas
But I thought the place to start would be the thread Titled:
"Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start" it seemed obvious to me at the time

I finally found the Control Panel and my Profile & entered what I could
Please bear with me, I am suffering some confusion due to severe Fatigue as a result of Chronic Insomnia

During my sleep study I was allowed a Sleeping Pill and still only managed to get 1 1/2 - 2 hrs sleep
That seemed to give them enough Data to prescribe this CPAP Machine

I can't see that the machine issued me is listed on the Profile entry page

"ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset" is titled on the Instruction Manual
The Mask issued me has "Philips Respironics" printed on the back

The Humidifier is part of the machine
Nowhere can I see what Software is installed


I have no ICQ , AOL etc etc
I have nothing suitable as an Avatar at the moment

I will do as you ask & post down below

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by LSAT on Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:48 am

ckeith wrote:Right now I feel the only place I can start with my New CPAP machine is on Ebay and see if I can't sell the THING :(

People who know me say they appreciate me as a nice calm fellow, nice to be around
I have never been one who is susceptible to temper tantrums or Irrational Rage - at least - NOT until now !

I have recently had a heart valve job and I presently suffer from Atrial Fibrillation and so have been prescribed Apixaban, a blood thinner
I have recently been enduring Chronic Insomnia that seemed to be quickly worsening, so the Doctor recommended a sleep study
The diagnosis was a "Severe Sleep Apnea" Ox level drops to 78%, and so a CPAP machine was prescribed

I can't stand it ! - The damded thing sends me into a RAGE ! - I can hardly refrain from jumping up and down on the OFFENCE
I can feel the adrenalin surge, Blood Pressure and Heart Rate go through the roof ! - I'll end up in an ambulance to get
Zapped by the Paddles again, in order to DeFib me at this rate!

I can't sleep Now ! - I get about two hours a night - How in HELL can I be expected to sleep with an INVASIVE Appliance
strapped to my head, that is constantly Blowing AIR up my nose ! - NO WAY on God's Blue Marble !!! -
How can anybody adapt to this THING! - I feel myself incapable. It's like asking me to climb a mountain with roller skates on !

It seems so bloody Stupid to me - So counter intuitive !!! -
"Here clamp this thing on, let it blow air up your nose - pleasant dreams !" HA HA HA :evil:

I sleep on my side and move around a lot - It blows air all over my face :( - I can't endure it let alone sleep with it !
I have an appointment with the Sleep Specialist - I expect he will recommend a different mask - I am skeptical

I KNOW I need to control this Apnea - I can't see how it is possible with THAT #@*!%^& THING - getting desperate
.


If you really want help, please start a new post below explaining exactly what your problems are. Now that you have registered, fill your equipment in the control panel. Giving up will only add to your health problems. E-bay will not allow sales of medical equipment. If your insurance paid for your machine, they expect you to use it or they may want it back.

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by ckeith on Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:07 am

Right now I feel the only place I can start with my New CPAP machine is on Ebay and see if I can't sell the THING :(

People who know me say they appreciate me as a nice calm fellow, nice to be around
I have never been one who is susceptible to temper tantrums or Irrational Rage - at least - NOT until now !

I have recently had a heart valve job and I presently suffer from Atrial Fibrillation and so have been prescribed Apixaban, a blood thinner
I have recently been enduring Chronic Insomnia that seemed to be quickly worsening, so the Doctor recommended a sleep study
The diagnosis was a "Severe Sleep Apnea" Ox level drops to 78%, and so a CPAP machine was prescribed

I can't stand it ! - The damded thing sends me into a RAGE ! - I can hardly refrain from jumping up and down on the OFFENCE
I can feel the adrenalin surge, Blood Pressure and Heart Rate go through the roof ! - I'll end up in an ambulance to get
Zapped by the Paddles again, in order to DeFib me at this rate!

I can't sleep Now ! - I get about two hours a night - How in HELL can I be expected to sleep with an INVASIVE Appliance
strapped to my head, that is constantly Blowing AIR up my nose ! - NO WAY on God's Blue Marble !!! -
How can anybody adapt to this THING! - I feel myself incapable. It's like asking me to climb a mountain with roller skates on !

It seems so bloody Stupid to me - So counter intuitive !!! -
"Here clamp this thing on, let it blow air up your nose - pleasant dreams !" HA HA HA :evil:

I sleep on my side and move around a lot - It blows air all over my face :( - I can't endure it let alone sleep with it !
I have an appointment with the Sleep Specialist - I expect he will recommend a different mask - I am skeptical

I KNOW I need to control this Apnea - I can't see how it is possible with THAT #@*!%^& THING - getting desperate

.




.

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by Pugsy on Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:48 am

gudhkarh wrote:I have been suffering from somnolence since 2004. My sleep study was done in 2010 and after 6 yrs use of ACPAP without any significant relief and was prescribed Tablet Modafil 100mgs to take Care of residual somnolence with some ray of hope. My. Weight in 2004 increased from 78 kg to 101 kg in January 2016 with height of 5 ft 10 inch. Information about interpretation of sleep study report's with and without. ACPAP and causes of residual somnolence to understand the problem and plan of long term management

Sent from my HM 1S using Tapatalk


Please start a new thread of your own totally devoted to your problem or questions. Posting in this thread or someone else's thread will mean your problems get lost and you won't get the attention you deserve.
So...use the "Post a New Topic" feature and create a thread of your own.

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by gudhkarh on Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:43 am

I have been suffering from somnolence since 2004. My sleep study was done in 2010 and after 6 yrs use of ACPAP without any significant relief and was prescribed Tablet Modafil 100mgs to take Care of residual somnolence with some ray of hope. My. Weight in 2004 increased from 78 kg to 101 kg in January 2016 with height of 5 ft 10 inch. Information about interpretation of sleep study report's with and without. ACPAP and causes of residual somnolence to understand the problem and plan of long term management

Sent from my HM 1S using Tapatalk

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by tlohse on Sat Jul 02, 2016 4:03 pm

A good place for a cpap newbie to start is forums like this one and the sleep apnea associations website and also your sleep specialist (Doctor) and maybe your DME.

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by JenniC9182 on Thu May 12, 2016 12:38 pm

Hi Jules, been a couple years from being discouraged using my previous machine. Only gave it a couple of nights from my few first posts I have. I hated it! But, now on a new machine today and seems to be better for me. Plus, the new mask is snug and comfortable. I'm still kind of getting the hang of what everything is since is new. 8)

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by emmactyler on Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:22 am

Hey guys! Someone shared CPAPdeals .com with me and it has been a big help! I have definitely found the best prices here and the customer service is prompt and very knowledgeable about sleep apnea and the CPAP machines and equipment they buy and sell. It is definitely the safest, most convenient, and most affordable place on the Internet right now to buy and sell used CPAP machines if anyone is interested!

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by RHM on Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:24 pm

Noob here.

I've had my cpap machine about 3 weeks & just recently started having night terrors. I was told I would "start having vivid dreams" but nothing prepared me for these things. After adjusting well to my machine & wee nasal pillows, I find myself yanking the entire contraption off my head during these nightmares. The anxiety created by just getting ready for bed & donning the mask is freaking me out.

I've taken warm baths, used aromatherapy, visualizations, over the counter sleep aids, & finally a very mild anti-anxiety medication. Nothing is helping. I'm afraid to go to sleep.

Here's my equipment info, if that's helpful:
ResMed AirSense10 Autoset
AirFit P10 Nasal Pillow System for Her.

Any suggestions?

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by Suequeblue on Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:07 pm

This is my first post. My post-surgery nurse noticed my abnormal sleep pattern after coming off of anesthesia from carpal tunnel surgery. That was in June of 2015. I finally got my CPAP machine last week, after 2 sleep studies, 2 more surgeries, and lots of delay. I am happy to find this board, also hopeful to start receiving the benefits of CPAP therapy. I have loads of other health issues, and am hopeful this may resolve some of them.

Thans!

Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Post by ssandip9449 on Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:11 pm

Hi Guys,

Recently done sleep study and result came back pretty bad. AHI 85.3/hr !!! Thus decided to start using CPAP machine. Went to local dealer and it seems CPAP machine is quite pricy in Australia. It starts from 1500 to 2500. He told me that I can try different CPAP machine for next two months for 200 AUD. I came back with Respironics System One 60 and NASAL mask. I could see tremendous improvement on my quality sleep. Though my mouth open during sleep thus it become very dry. My dealer advised me to try with different mask which will cover mouth too.

Now I am confused which CPAP machine I should go for. Is it safe to buy second hand CPAP machine? Is Resmond Autoset S9 better than Respironics? What is the difference between portable travel CPAP machine vs ordinary one? Can portable CPAP machine be use for daily use?

Any advise will be highly appreciated.

Sandy

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