look at the so clean topic in another spot on the forum, there are a few comments from people who have used the device
I would google cpap hose holder. wiredgeorge has a good suggestion that works for him, you might be able to create something yourself that helps with the issue.
Generally the ideal number of events would be less than 5 events per hour. Can you correlate anything with the nights where your number of events are higher (leaks?)? Good luck with the followup.
Hi Ken, you may want to contact your doctor. Snoring is usually a sign of obstruction but people can snore and it won't affect their sleep apnea. Does the feedback you receive from the machine give you numbers for AHI? Usually an AHI under 5 is the gold standard.
I like that mask too. If medicare is paying for masks at no cost to you I would continue getting them to keep on your search for another mask that works well for you.
Not sure why the doctor would set your machine one way and hers another. Sometimes when someone is recently diagnosed with sleep apnea I doctor will give the autopap (varying pressures) and have the person use it for awhile to help determine which pressure works best for them, they then may switch them over to CPAP. But I have to say I am surprised by the number of people on this forum that use autopap all the time. personally I would prefer autopap, it adjusts to your breathing, so if you have a cold and are more congested on one night and perhaps need more pressure the machine will respond. as far as the changing pressures waking you up, I would tend to think that is not the case, but hard to say.
agreed that if you leak values are low and you are still getting a higher ahi, would recommend talking with your doctor.
I would think most people who use CPAP compliantly to be able to switch pretty easily from CPAP to BiPAP. Some people find BiPAP more comfortable, when you inhale the pressure will be higher when you exhale the pressure will be lower.
If you AHI is ranging in the 5-20 range, I would recommend talking to your doctor. Ideally most doctors would like an AHI under 5.
I agree with wiredgeorge that you may want to look into leaks. I would also contact the CPAP supply company you used to see if they can check your machine for issues.