Hello! I'm completely new here, and new to using CPAP (almost 1 week!). I started on this journey about a year ago, trying to find out why I've been gaining weight in recent years (not related to diet or activity level), and why I'm having more and more health issues than in years past. A visit to my general doctor led to a visit with an allergist who diagnosed me with both food (soy, nuts, corn) and environmental (pollen/mold) allergies. I had hoped that adjusting my diet and treating my environmental allergies would help solve my weight gain problem - no dice. My allergist diagnosed me with asthma as well, so I began treating that with an inhaler. Still, my weight went up. General doc sent me to various specialists, including a pulmonologist, who suggested I wear a pulse oximeter while sleeping to see if my O2 levels were dropping at night. He said that sleep apnea could be related to my other health issues (blood pressure, blood sugar). Did my oxygen levels drop at night? Oh, yes they did - pulmonologist called in a Rx for supplemental oxygen - 2 L - at night, and wanted me to do a sleep study asap. Now, there was a huge delay in getting the sleep study scheduled, and I had to tussle with the hospital, insurance company, and the insurance company's 3rd party authorization company in order to get it. Originally, I was approved for an in-home sleep study, even though my pulmonologist had ordered an in-lab study. Finally got scheduled, got the sleep study, and had to wait to get in for pressure titration (same rigamarole as with getting initial sleep study approval - had to go through a number of checks to make sure it was absolutely necessary), did that and back to waiting, this time for the insurance company's 3rd party to approve the Rx for CPAP. It took me about 2 months from the initial order for supplemental oxygen and sleep study until I finally picked up my CPAP, with a great deal of that time spent pushing the wind, trying to get things done in a timely manner (for me, it felt urgent, especially after reading about sleep apnea and the very real dangers it poses). After a battle well-fought, I go my CPAP machine and could hardly wait to try it out. Now, this is the point where I admit to feeling like a freak - I've read a number of other forum posts from folks who had difficulty getting used to the mask. I had no problems at all, and have slept comfortably with the mask for a full 8 hours each night. Maybe because I wanted this so much (I'm all about solutions, not problems), maybe because Spouse uses a CPAP so I wasn't wigged out by it, maybe I adapt easier, I don't know. It feels comfortable to me. I'm still learning how to make sense of the data from my machine, and am trying to find little adjustments to make my overall sleep a lot better. For me, the changes I expected from the CPAP were almost immediate, starting with the pressure titration study - that was technically the first night I used the CPAP all through the night, and that morning I felt a tremendous difference in my energy level and mental clarity. I joined this group because I'd like to learn more about using a CPAP - not sure exactly what I want to learn, but I'm sure I'll find plenty of interesting information in the forums. Any general advice from anybody?
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