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Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
Sep 29
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
Sep 29
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Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Just found they have a Facebook for the REMedy event, 1st Class Sleep REMedy Wellness Health Fair."
Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Reminder: REMedy event is this Saturday, 10 am to 2pm.  Topics include: Nutrition and Weight Management with Sarah Kelly, Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea with Drs. Rena Vakay & Lara…"
Sep 25
Kay Day left a comment for Kay Day
"September 1, 2014 My apologies to Sleep Guide for not participating in a long time. In January 2012 I started classes at the local community college (my husband is an instructor there, and my tuition is refunded when my grades are above a C. My…"
Sep 1
Mary Z posted a discussion

Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea/osteoporosis study finds “increased” health riskA recently published study may have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and osteoporosis, marking yet another health…See More
Aug 23
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion
Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21

It's been 3 months for me trying to find a mask that fits without leaking.  I started out with nasal masks until I discovered I sleep with my mouth open.  Then I tried at least 3-4 full face masks until my swap trial period of 30 days ran out.  I even bought my own FitLife Mask from a discount place and still get leaks when I turn around.  Apparently I am a fitful sleeper.  I called my sleep doc and he has no open appointments until March 20 that was made for me three months ago.  I've tried every suggestion made here without success.

My last two resorts are www.padacheek.com/index.html.

  I just spoke to the woman who has sleep apnea herself and started making the pads because she had the same problem we all seem to have.  I ordered one last week to fit around my FitLife but she told me today that although many of her customers have said it does help with the leak problem, it was made to stop the face marks.  She does make an anti-leak pad that fits ResMed Mirage Quattro, Quattro FX, Ultra Mirage Full Face and Fisher Paykel 431 and 432 and Forma and Phillips Respironics Comfort Fusion and Comfort Gel Full Face Mask. (I cut and pasted the above) I ordered one because the last mask I got from my medical supply is a Quattro FX for Her. Hopefully it will stop the leaks.

I have no interest in this or any other business.  I am just another woman with sleep apnea who is having a hard time getting a mask that fits and allows me to get a good night's sleep.  If in the meantime I can help someone else with the same problems I'm having, that's great.  For other newbies who might be having the same fitting problems I am and discovered to their surprise that there are multiple masks out there but was never told that,  I suggest looking up www.cpaplibrary.com/mask-trials.html.   Mary Z from our group gave me that site address.  You can "borrow" for one week any mask you'd like to try.  Unfortunately the two I requested last week didn't fit me but since he sends a prepaid return postage stamp it was easy to send back. 

That's all the new info I have learned from my own experience.  I hope it helps a newbie like me who feels discouraged and doesn't know what to do next.  My biggest mistake was waiting too long to call my doctor instead of relying on my supply carrier.  I asked for the doctor to call me back today and I sure hope he does.  As of last night I gave up with all the masks and slept without one.  I just can't deal with this problem another night.

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Hi Rita:

Some people are lucky and find a mask right away. I think I may have found a mask with minimal leaks, but I am in my 5th year of trying. Somewhere on this website is a discussion or a video on how to properly put your mask on and make adjustments which definitely has helped me. I am currently using a ResMed Quattro FX and the Sleep Guide instructions told me to turn the machine on first before adjusting the mask. This seems to have made a big difference. I have also shaved my beard a lot shorter which I know won't help you, but I think the former hint may work.

I am not sure if I would ever order equipment through the mail or online after my experiences. I personally think you need to be fitted by a technician who job is to do this on a daily basis. I would Google to see if there are some medical suppliers in the local area with good reputations and multiple stores. I am very fortunate to have a regional supplier that covers VT and NH as we are a rural area here in the Northeast Kingdom of VT. I have been able to do multiple exchanges during these 4+ years at no cost to me other than my time. The mask suppliers also are supposed to have very good policies about exchanges.

Good luck with your search.

Gordon H.

P. S. I just came back to edit my post. I found the How to Fit a Mask Properly. This was posted 07/09/09 by RockRpsgt. Currently, this is on the top of my discussion lists.

You might want to try a bite guard, which you can get at a drugstore for $20 or so. It repositions your jaw a little and may keep your mouth from opening.

  • Hi Gordon ~ Lord, I hope it doesn't take me 5 years to find a mask.  By that time I'll be 81 years old and probably dead and buried!  ;-)
  • I did see the video by RockRpsgt and followed his instructions but they didn't work for me no matter how many times I tried them.
  • I also have the same mask you do, only it's made for a woman.  It just came out.  I have no clue what the difference is...I think yours has a guard across the forehead and mine doesn't.
  • Since I'm weaning off an antidepressant and feeling the effects now that I'm on a low dosage, I think I'm going to put the masks aside for another week.  I can only deal with one thing at a time.
  • Funny thing just happened...my sleep apnea doc just called and wants me to call his consultant tomorrow morning and make an appointment to come in to see if there is something else we can try.  What that something else is I have no idea.  At least something is being done.  Hope it works...

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    Gordon H said:

Hi Rita:

Some people are lucky and find a mask right away. I think I may have found a mask with minimal leaks, but I am in my 5th year of trying. Somewhere on this website is a discussion or a video on how to properly put your mask on and make adjustments which definitely has helped me. I am currently using a ResMed Quattro FX and the Sleep Guide instructions told me to turn the machine on first before adjusting the mask. This seems to have made a big difference. I have also shaved my beard a lot shorter which I know won't help you, but I think the former hint may work.

I am not sure if I would ever order equipment through the mail or online after my experiences. I personally think you need to be fitted by a technician who job is to do this on a daily basis. I would Google to see if there are some medical suppliers in the local area with good reputations and multiple stores. I am very fortunate to have a regional supplier that covers VT and NH as we are a rural area here in the Northeast Kingdom of VT. I have been able to do multiple exchanges during these 4+ years at no cost to me other than my time. The mask suppliers also are supposed to have very good policies about exchanges.

Good luck with your search.

Gordon H.

P. S. I just came back to edit my post. I found the How to Fit a Mask Properly. This was posted 07/09/09 by RockRpsgt. Currently, this is on the top of my discussion lists.

Thanks for replying, Nunya.  My sleep doc just called and I'm supposed to make an appointment tomorrow to go in to see his consultant.


 
Nunya Bizness said:

You might want to try a bite guard, which you can get at a drugstore for $20 or so. It repositions your jaw a little and may keep your mouth from opening.

Rita, It's good you got an earlier appointment, I know what it's like tapering down on antidepressants, I have cut mine in half since Christmas and get all the side effects each time I go down or up. If you are not using the mask, in the short term can you prop yourself up in a chair and sleep, it may not be comfortable but my help your apnea. When you see the consultant make sure they test the mask lying down, turning etc. Also have the pressure on your highset setting for a while. It sounds like the shape of your face is causing the problems.

Terry, I tried sleeping without the mask but by midnight or so I gave up.  I just couldn't sleep right. I took a good look at my mask and would you believe I found part of the silicone edges around the mask were not in their proper grove.  I wash my mask every week but wipe it out with capap wipes every morning.  Somehow I didn't check my mask somewhere between washing it or wiping it out.  I bet that problem was there for days.  Remember, I'm a newbie at this but learning new things every day.  I don't believe I ever saw any literature that said to check to be sure the edges were in the right groves if there was loud leaking sounds.  I know it says to be sure it's put together right but I never saw it said the silicone part of the mask could come out of the edge of the mask any time you use it.  I guess I'm just dumb or something but I learned my lesson.  I fixed it and had hardly any leaking sounds last night. 

I am waiting for some pads to come that are put around the mask.  I'll let everyone know how it works and if it makes any difference.  Now I have to learn to relax with the whole procedure instead of waiting for something to go wrong.


 
Terry Vella said:

Rita, It's good you got an earlier appointment, I know what it's like tapering down on antidepressants, I have cut mine in half since Christmas and get all the side effects each time I go down or up. If you are not using the mask, in the short term can you prop yourself up in a chair and sleep, it may not be comfortable but my help your apnea. When you see the consultant make sure they test the mask lying down, turning etc. Also have the pressure on your highset setting for a while. It sounds like the shape of your face is causing the problems.
Rita, well done, we all make mistakes at the start. I over filled my humidifier once and got covered in water, I only did it once. I wash all my equipment once a week as well and really have to concentrate on putting every bit back as it was. Keep at it and let us know how you go.

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