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Brando

Brando
Joined Nov 2018
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CA, USA

Brando
Joined Nov 2018
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CA, USA

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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.

Thanks!