Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

General Discussion on any topic relating to CPAP and/or Sleep Apnea.
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Mr Bill
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Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

Post by Mr Bill » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:36 pm

I'm 61 years old and back in 2009 I started waking up knowing I was not breathing. I ended up with a Resmed BIPAP Auto ASV Advanced machine because I have complex (mostly central) sleep apnea. I had a rocky 4 months or so getting used to sleeping with a mask. But its routine now and I don't think I would be alive now if I did not have this machine in my life. I've now logged over 15,500 sleep hours and wondering if the old weezer needs an overhaul.

I bought a business and its been a black hole for all my free time. But I've told many people to look y'all up for support. Hope most of you are still around and happy. I'm getting married this July 4th and it sure was a pleasant surprise to find out my fiance has her own machine! It gave us both a good laugh.

Mask: EasyLife Nasal CPAP Mask with Headgear
Additional Comments: Devon Medical PC68B Recording Pulse Oximeter, APC Back-UPS RS 1500
EPAP min=6, EPAP max=15, PS min=3, PS max=12, Max Pressure=30, Backup Rate=8 bpm, Flex=0, Rise Time=1,
90% EPAP=7.0, Avg PS=4.0, Avg bpm 18.3, Avg Min vent 9.2 Lpm, Avg CA/OA/H/AHI = 0.1/0.1/2.1/2.3 ... updated 02/17/12

Coffee Man
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Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

Post by Coffee Man » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:28 am

I had what my sleep doctor characterized as mild to moderate sleep apneaa (around 15 AHI/hour) on the basis of a home sleep study. I was miserable, irritable, and tired. So tired. I would wake up and want to go back to bed. But, with 2 kids and a job, that was never possible.

I've been on CPAP for 10 nights so far. I'm happy to say I feel amazing! I can't believe how awful I was until I started therapy. It's been night and day. I wake up in the morning and am ready to go. I used to repeatedly hit the snooze button, but have not hit the snooze button once since I started CPAP.

I have a Resmed A10 Autoset. I have a Dreamwear nasal cushion. I initially used the nasal pillows for 3 nights but had terrible pain and irritation. I switched to the nasal caushion and it's been great. It still doesn't feel natural wearing the Dreamwear mask and nasal cushion, but it's becoming more routine and certainly worth it.

I wish everyone the best of luck! From the limited time I've been on this forum, it seems like some people notice rapid improvement, and others take a while.

Sleep well :)