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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby simsy on Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:19 pm

Hi All

I'm a newbie to this forum, but not to CPAP, having been using a machine for about a year now. It has certainly helped me a lot, although I think I've still got a way to go.

My interest now is in getting hold of a decent mask that doesn't, itself, interfere with my sleep.

I've got a lot of research to do in this forum so I hope the information I need is here somewhere, and maybe I can help someone else with my experiences along the way.

Cheers
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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby debbiep543 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:41 pm

Hi, I am Debbie and I have had my CPAP machine for about 3 weeks now. I am having trouble staying asleep, I don't know if the machine is working correct or if i need to up the pressure or if the nose pillows are in correct. Sounds like a lot to start w/, & I know I have more things to figure out. So for now as my introductory i will leave what i have up and see what I get for information from anyone here. By the way, thank you to everyone that reads this and to any one that might have some info or advice to share.
Debbie

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby Pachyderm's Nose on Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:36 pm

debbiep543 wrote:Hi, I am Debbie and I have had my CPAP machine for about 3 weeks now. I am having trouble staying asleep, I don't know if the machine is working correct or if i need to up the pressure or if the nose pillows are in correct. Sounds like a lot to start w/, & I know I have more things to figure out. So for now as my introductory i will leave what i have up and see what I get for information from anyone here. By the way, thank you to everyone that reads this and to any one that might have some info or advice to share.
Debbie

I think you will get more responses and more help by posting a new topic with your information and questions.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby DEXSUZ on Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:11 pm

These are my first 10 days on CPAP. I had a full-face mask for a week and have now switched to a nasal job. All is well except for mangaing to keep my mouth closed to a degree where I don't feel as if clamping my jaws dead shut. Am male, 62.8 years old and use a 10 on my new machine,

What are some simple ways to address my little hassle over keeping my yap closed enough without doing it to headache intensity?

ALL help is gratefully accepted!

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby LSAT on Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:52 pm

The choices to keep from breathing through your mouth are 1). Use a Full Face Mask 2). Use a chin strap 3). Tape your mouth shut. The Full Face Mask was primarily designed for mouth breathers.


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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby DEXSUZ on Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:14 am

Thanks, Mr. LSAT. Appreciate your concise wisdom. With your "name" and laconic style, you wouldn't be an attorney, would you? Thanks again. By the way, where did you get that colossal logo with the Badgers, Crew, and Pack on it? I've seen people with those at Miller Park.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby SleepWellCPAP on Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:45 pm

Hello All,

When starting use of pressure therapy equipment, the best first step in my opinion is to educate yourself on the specifics of your condition. What sleep apnea does to a person's health is truly devastating. The more you know about what you are preventing, the more committed and patient you will be when in comes to using your equipment. Put very simply, you need the right mask for you in the right size, it needs to be kept clean, your tube needs to be controlled to prevent leaks, and the right amount of moisture needs to be maintained to prevent drying out your sinuses.

There are a number of good books on the market now that cover in good detail the specifics of getting started. Simply type "CPAP" into the search bar of your favorite on line book vendor and you will see quite a few choices.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby Tablet95 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:41 am

I am newly diagnosed and I am picking up my new cpap machine on three days. While I'm very excited at the prospect of better sleep and better quality of life I am also very nervous about using this equipment . I have heard some good things from users and also a lot of negative things !!! I realize that all change is scary, but this just seems like a major life long quest

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby caffeinatedcfo on Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:21 pm

A CPAP Newbie should start by registering and posting their situation in this forum for advice before getting a device if possible!

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby Drowsy Dancer on Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:51 am

caffeinatedcfo wrote:A CPAP Newbie should start by registering and posting their situation in this forum for advice before getting a device if possible!


This is a GREAT suggestion.

It was only through the grace of G*d that I got a fully data-capable, then-top-of-the-line machine about a week before I found this forum.

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Postby lady j on Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:34 am

looking4zzzz wrote:I really liked the first link you listed. It gives an easy to understand explanation of the condition, symptoms, and complications. I know lots of folks who might benefit from seeing that link. Thanks for sharing it.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby terik on Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:58 pm

I am newly diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. I have not gotten my CPAP machine but according to the DME my physician was specific in his prescription. I have been very nervous about the whole process, from the moment of being recommended to a sleep study, to doing the first night and then getting results which did not sound at all like I would live another day. I am looking forward to a good night sleep and to feeling better in a short period of time. The machine prescribed is a ResMed S9 Elite and the Quattro full face mask. I visit the DME Tuesday afternoon.

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Re: Where A CPAP Newbie Should Start

Postby JH- on Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:44 pm

terik wrote:I am newly diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. I have not gotten my CPAP machine but according to the DME my physician was specific in his prescription. I have been very nervous about the whole process, from the moment of being recommended to a sleep study, to doing the first night and then getting results which did not sound at all like I would live another day. I am looking forward to a good night sleep and to feeling better in a short period of time. The machine prescribed is a ResMed S9 Elite and the Quattro full face mask. I visit the DME Tuesday afternoon.


I just started on 8/16 myself. Same machine and started with the same mask. I did have some serious leakage problems with my mask, but that is because I am a stomach/side sleeper and a snorer and mouth breather (what a prize, I know)! I wound up going in two weeks later for a mask refit and got a ResMed Mirage Liberty which has the nasal pillows AND covers the mouth (so it's technically a full face mask). I've been doing pretty well on it. Instead of sleeping 3-6 hours I've been sleeping 8-9 hours (waking once or twice during the night).

My life hasn't miraculously changed (yet), but I'm hoping to see some improvements in the weeks to come. I think with most (if not all) masks you will have a 30 day warranty and have an option to get a mask re-fit and get a different one.

I wish you all of the best!!! Julie
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