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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby snuginarug on Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:59 pm

As a current newbie, I find these two very helpful--

About what emotions people go through upon diagnosis
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=54136&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

What mask/pillow is best for side sleepers
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=54199&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby mmoore5553 on Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:18 am

thanks this is all good information. Some of it i did not know.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby AllieKat on Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:24 pm

I gave up on CPAP. I may have felt I was being attacled by the machine. I tossed the machine into the wall and woke up when the mask pulled off my face. This happened so often that my bedroom walls need to be repaired. And I am renting! I don't know how to explain the damages to my landlord. I couldnt breathe with the mask on. I would wake up and grab the mask off to catch my breath. My significant other finally took to sleeping in the den. The machine was too noisy and he was afraid that one of these nights, the machine would be tossed in his direction. He is probably right. The machine is just NOT the answer for me. But I dont know where to go from here. My sleep apnea is very severe, so I don't have many choices. Any ideas??

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby LoQ on Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:50 am

AlliKat, in spite of the unfortunately chosen name of this thread, this is not the place for a newbie to start. You can read the first post in this thread for things a newbie might need to know, if you like, but you will get more help if you make this same post in a new thread.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby brazospearl on Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:02 pm

AllieKat, please don't give up yet! A LoQ suggested, post your story in the main forum. EVERYTHING you've mentioned has been experienced by other members on this board. You can successfully use cpap to improve your health, and we can help.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby msradar65 on Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:25 pm

AllieKat wrote:I gave up on CPAP. I may have felt I was being attacled by the machine. I tossed the machine into the wall and woke up when the mask pulled off my face. This happened so often that my bedroom walls need to be repaired. And I am renting! I don't know how to explain the damages to my landlord. I couldnt breathe with the mask on. I would wake up and grab the mask off to catch my breath. My significant other finally took to sleeping in the den. The machine was too noisy and he was afraid that one of these nights, the machine would be tossed in his direction. He is probably right. The machine is just NOT the answer for me. But I dont know where to go from here. My sleep apnea is very severe, so I don't have many choices. Any ideas??


I feel your pain. I did my titration study last night and I feel the same way. I HATE this thing...and that was just that one night..most of which was spent, fixing leads, changing masks and trying to sleep when you are hog-tired down with tons of wires, hoses and crap.

I have not gotten my machine yet. Insurance issues. I am almost wishing they just deny it. It would be he easy way out. I already told the DME people that if there is any out of pocket cost...you can forget. I have ZERO money....and there will not be money to spend anytime soon. So we shall see....how this all plays out.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby pickmeupeveryday on Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:12 am

Hi Y'All,

I recently completed a Sleep Study and really enjoyed the Fisher & Paykel Zest (Regular) Mask. I could hardly tell I was wearing one.

Thank you.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby mikey1b4 on Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:27 am

Here is today's stupid question:

Can I buy a used CPAP on eBay or Craigslist and set it up myself?

Reason: I don't have $900 for the sleep study, but am pretty sure I
have sleep apnea.

My main concern would be the setting, but could I not start on a low setting and experiment?

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby LoQ on Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:12 pm

mikey1b4 wrote:Here is today's stupid question:

Can I buy a used CPAP on eBay or Craigslist and set it up myself?

Reason: I don't have $900 for the sleep study, but am pretty sure I
have sleep apnea.

My main concern would be the setting, but could I not start on a low setting and experiment?



I know the thread title makes it seem like this is the place for you to start posting, but it is not. Start a new thread.

In answer to your question, yes you can do that.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby Billy6 on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:14 am

I got tired just reading that first post. I prefer the easy way--Do what the physician says "Put it on at night and take it off in the morning" and I'll see you next July

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby yuriart10 on Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:36 am

Jules... love that first link you posted! Thanks for sharing.


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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby cvstan on Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:17 am

I now have a Philips BiPAP machine (last night was the second night with it). My mindset is still that this is a medical equipment conspiracy to get insurance companies to pay for expensive gadgets by inventing a disease that needs to be fixed with something that needs to be financed for the rest of your life. The respiratory therapist warned me the the CPAP company would be calling me periodically to try to sell me supplies. There is an SD card keeping track of my usage so the insurance company can decide if they want to pay for it. I have been constantly checking the therapy hours to see if I am "in compliance". This is annoying.
On the other hand, my sleep is really messed up and I promised my GP I would give it a fair shake!
Main problem is I am a mouth breather who found the full face mask painful. I am always congested so nose breathing is marginal. I am using the nasal pillow type right now and after 3-4 hours it feels painfully dry or the effort to breath keeps me awake. I will keep trying!

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby Oregon Gal on Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:20 pm

Hello Everyone,

Looking forward to delving into all the info here! I have just finished one month of successful use of my CPAP, after August diagnosis of severe OSA with score of 74. The first equipment provider was just awful, and after 6 weeks I "fired" them and had my presc switched to someone who said a mask should be comfortable and not leak. Now making fleece covers for the cheek straps to eliminate marks, and starting to feel more rested.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby [email protected] on Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:29 pm

Hello Everyone,

I have been using the pillows for the last 5 years. I tried all the masks and returned to the pillows.
A thought, I use the machine 6 to 7 hours nightly, I have not woken-up due to breathing problems.
I use Advair in the morning and at night before bedtime. I have set the humidifier on 1 and
I do not have dry nostrils when I wake up. I wake up after 6/7 hours of uninterrupted sleep
and I know I have slept but HAVE NOT RESTED. I do not smoke nor drink. I quit smoking
March 1999 (also had a 5 way heart bypass at this time). I have moderate psoriasis, which
I have had for 53 years. I have mild depression. Last but not least, I am overweight.
I am 71 (have most of my teeth and I wear a hgearing aid).

As Snoopy says "old age is not for sissies"

Bless you all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Bob Bourne

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby geoman on Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:06 pm

I am a newbie. i am very pleased with the energy that i have received from using the cpap for only 3 days!

I have a question regarding my eyes. My eyes have felt irritated almost like i have an allergy. I am using a
full face mask and i made sure that my mask is tight so that air is not leaking into my eyes. i dont have
any allergies right now so I dont understand? Any explanations and solutions to irritated eyes?

Thanks so much, George

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