I'll give the higher min pressure a try. I've been using EPR 2 all the time. I don't think I have an issue with my mouth opening, I've just got a weird nose, and deviated septum. Thanks again.
Not an expert on anything at all, but I've recently discovered that I have fairly moderate strabismus in both eyes (I'm 37, and both eyes have a "resting" position outward, and one quite a bit higher than the other.). According to the doc, I must have had this just about my entire life, but getting older means all your parts start to get more worn and tired, and these days one eye or the other will just wander off if I'm not focusing on something. I'd imagine apnea is similar. Your auto responses while asleep get slower, and your body recovers worse and worse from a few bad nights sleep in a row.
That said, I don't think the septum should have a major impact on whether you have apnea (though it definitely makes sleeping with a CPAP a little trickier). Like Sierra said, get tested if you feel like you're not getting rest while you sleep. It could be apnea.
Thanks again for the advice here, I've been on the Autoset for 3 weeks or so now. Still fighting through the adaptation phase, but getting better and better. 4-6 hrs of therapy is starting to become more common than 1-2. Unfortunately, I'm starting a trend of using Afrin before bed, otherwise the nasal mask feels suffocating if I'm even the slightest bit stuffed up. I've noticed nights where I've used Afrin, I can put the mask back on if I wake up and it's gone missing, but I seem to always be unable to without. I will say that the nights I get 4+ hours logged, I feel MUCH better than I have for the past year or so.
I'm thinking of trying a full face mask, but I'm a side sleeper, and everything I've read says they are all terrible for that. I'm tempted to spring the $150 to give the Phillips Dreamwear (full face) a shot.
Great info, and food for thought here, thanks!
Hello. I'm 37, and I've been trying to track down some pretty serious fatigue, "fuzzy headedness", headaches, vertigo, and tingling/poor circulation to hands & feet for almost a year now. I finally changed doctors, and my new one sent me for a sleep study. I came up with an AHI of 12, and am on my way to getting a CPAP. Last night was the first with the rented "testing" equipment (Airsense 10 Autoset, non-humidified). Took forever to get to sleep, but that's really not uncommon for me. I'm hoping that with a humidifier and a good quality machine, I can stay compliant, check Apnea off the list, and hopefully see some real returns on my energy level.
As far as I can tell, the unit they sent me home with is the best on the market, and I'm considering https://www.secondwindcpap.com/New-ResMed-S10-AutoSet.html buying the same one. A few questions for you guys:
I've been told that my overage is 0% on a CPAP, because I only have "base" DME overage, not "form". Form doesn't seem to be offered by my employer. How common is this? Apnea by all accounts is a potentially life-threatening issue, just from fatigue and risk of accidents alone. Is my HCP just that bad, or is this a common story?
I've been offered to purchase a Resmed (model # unknown) unit from my HCP for $465 (plus $180 for humidifier). I'm guessing that it would be a standard CPAP, not APAP. If I'm going to shell out the money myself, I might as well get the best on the market for a little more, no? It may be that I don't have an issue with a set CPAP, but it looks like that unit is capable of CPAP or auto modes. Any advice appreciated!
I was told in the orientation that if I were to buy a unit online or used, that I would have to take it to a 3rd party vendor to have my prescription applied, but it sounds like I'd be able to do this myself with Sleepyhead?
Will I need prescription paperwork to buy the unit from SecondwindCPAP, or other online retailers? If so, why wouldn't they just ship it with my prescription intact?
Any other advice to someone on-the-hook for all the costs of this? I don't hate the mask they gave me for testing, but it sure seems like it could be improved, and at $100 a pop, that could get pricey fast.