CPAP Fitting and Wait Time

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zoah666
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CPAP Fitting and Wait Time

Post by zoah666 » Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:10 am

My husband was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea a couple of weeks ago and the doctor scheduled a fitting for this Friday. My question is, will we be getting the machine at this fitting? We can't seem to get a straight answer from anyone.

I've seen how long some people have been waiting and we're scared to death to wait that long. Ever since we found out exactly how bad his apnea was we've both been sleeping even worse just from the worrying about his breathing.

Has anyone been diagnosed within the last month or so and already received their machine? It's so frustrating that no one has any answers for us.

Thanks for any answers or advice!

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ChicagoGranny
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Re: CPAP Fitting and Wait Time

Post by ChicagoGranny » Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:48 am

zoah666 wrote:
Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:10 am
My question is, will we be getting the machine at this fitting?
A fitting is to find the correct mask size. There are dozens of DMEs across the country. We have no way to know how yours operates and whether you will get a machine at the fitting. There is a large shortage of machines due to the Philips recall. You should shop around other DMEs in your insurance network.

Obstructive apnea is usually worse when sleeping on the back. Your husband should sleep on his sides or stomach until he gets a machine. This might give him some relief. (Entirely avoiding back-sleeping is easier said than done.)

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Re: CPAP Fitting and Wait Time

Post by ChicagoGranny » Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:52 am

BTW, if you are willing to pay out-of-pocket, here is an excellent machine at a good price from a reliable individual supplier - viewtopic/t185118/FOR-SALENew-ResMed-AS ... et695.html

You might also speak to your insurance company about buying a machine from an internet DME. Being aware of the shortage, some insurance companies have flexed their rules and will reimburse against your receipt.

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Re: CPAP Fitting and Wait Time

Post by clownbell » Thu Sep 22, 2022 2:35 pm

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