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ZolliStar replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
"I'm wondering: what prompted you to consider whether you have sleep apnea in the first place? Also, waking throughout the night isn't uncommon especially as we (*sigh*) age.  I seem to every 90 minutes or so. This pattern probably…"
Saturday
ZolliStar replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"You can try this website:  http://zyppah.com/ I have a MAD (mandibular advancement device). Dr. Steven Park evaluated my mouth and throat (not everyone can use a MAD, it turns out) and pronounced me a candidate for it. The truth?  I…"
Saturday
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"The link didn't work so me so I couldn't see the product.  I do have experience with a supposedly reliable boil and bite device.  I should know by now I have a small mouth and nothing regular size fits.  I don't think…"
Saturday
richard graham replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"If I thought something could work other than this lousy cpap that would be awesome"
May 22
richard graham posted a status
"I moved and have been sick a lot and can't use cpap because of cough and I'm depressed a lot"
Apr 26
Fred posted a discussion

CPAP - cure worse than the disease

It's ironic that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2000, I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night. If I did wake up during the night, I had no problem falling right back to sleep, and I wasn't tired during the day.From the first night I brought home the CPAP I haven't had one decent night's sleep. Not one. I don't have any problem falling asleep, but I can't stay asleep. At first I was waking up after 4-5 hours and couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now it's more like…See More
Apr 13
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Apr 13
ZolliStar posted a discussion

New mouth device on the market

I've been hearing advertising for this product over the past few days.  It's sold as something to help snoring, but as I look at the information it seems to me that it would work just as well as my mandibular advancement device (MAD).In other words, this could help some of us with sleep apnea.Read about it here.Anybody have any thoughts about this?  See More
Mar 31
99 replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"Hi Richard I mainly use an empty humidifier as it reduces noise"
Feb 16
richard graham left a comment for richard graham
"When I can afford it I'd like to get New machine with heated tube"
Feb 10
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"I would like to see this forum active again as well. I will be more aware of what's going on"
Feb 10
ZolliStar posted a discussion

If you have trouble falling asleep....

I thought that when I got my sleep apnea diagnosis, that -- at last! -- all my sleep problems had come to an end.Ha!I have trouble falling asleep. Indeed, I rarely feel sleepy at night although I do feel tired. I even cut back on computer at night, etc., etc. (and installed f.lux on my computer) but I still had trouble. Now I'm doing something different: wearing special glasses (Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear glasses). They block out the blue -- and they're making a difference! First I tried…See More
Feb 1
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"i have purchased some silver the make my own colloidal silver"
Dec 21, 2014
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"just add to the distilled water it is antimicrobial eg cleans your machine and is beneficial for keeping you healthy  from bugs germs viruses you get the picture and when you need to clean the humidifier out, put water on your plants the silver…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"If the heated tube works with your machine I would try that.  They also make covers for your tubing which may help some.  I think the heated tube may be your answer.  Keep us posted."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Richard, some folks just use the humidifier in a Passover mode.  They just don't turn it on, but let the air pick up moisture without heat."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"99, where have you been?  Do you add the colloidal silver to your humidifier?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"I Andy, I realize I'm months behind your post.  I have no idea why your S8 would stoop collecting data.  I'm glad to hear  you're having such improvement with your apnea.  I have made great strides since I changed…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?
"Andy, just found your post.  I don't know anything about this new machine.  How are you liking your new ResMed?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for Kay Day
"Kay, I haven't been around myself and miss the old, active forum."
Dec 21, 2014
My durable medical equipment company called the other day to check up and see whether i was using a newly prescribed machine. I kind of fudged the truth and said that i'm using it without any problems, which i'm not. My question is if they check the data card on my machine can i get into trouble or have to pay for the machine out of pocket?

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As a health care provider that works a lot with sleep apnea I should know the billing answer but I don't I confess. But, as a provider, I STRONGLY encourage you to work with your home care co and sleep provider to find a solution that works. If you're having problems, there should hopefully be a respiratory therapist somewhere in your system, or maybe someone from the sleep lab who can make some suggestions or help you find more appropriate equipment if there are big issues. If the DME company won't work with you to find a solution, shop around fro a home care company who's focus is respiratory medicine. Last night was night 3 for me with my own CPAP, and the first night I kept it on all night. It does take time to get used to, and it's not unreasonable to work into it gradually. Keep trying!!!
Why would you fib to the person or service that is providing your equipment and to whom you SHOULD be turning to for advice and assistance in acclimating to CPAP therapy? Their RT can't help you if they don't know you are having a problem! They aren't mind readers. YOU are experiencing the problem, YOU SHOULD be contacting them AND your sleep doctor for the assistance you need. We are then here to fill in the gaps as we can.

WHY SHOULD your insurance continue to pay for expensive equipment you are NOT using? Yes, the insurance company can refuse to pay for that equipment and yes, you would have signed paperwork agreeing to be responsible for what insurance doesn't pay.

It is YOUR responsiblity to make this therapy work for you. It is THEIR responsiblity to help you out w/any problems you make them aware you are having. They can't help w/a problem they don't know exists.
This is a double-edged razor. If the DME is calling based on their concern for you as a patient, you need to be upfront with them. Why aren't you using the equipment? Is there a fitting problem? Is there an anxiety issue? What ever it is, be honest.

If they are calling and hiding the pretext for the call as concern for you, but really questioning your usage as a basis for the insurance report they will file, and they will, as it is required in order for them to receive payment for their service, you may have a problem.

If you are having issues with the equipment, you need to get them resolved quickly. The insurance company will review your compliance based on the information from the data card at some point. Your DME will file the report so they can be paid. If you have perpetuated the lie, they could actually consider criminal charges of insurance fraud (this is a worst case scenario). Not saying that that would occur, but I have seen them institute legal action to recover what they consider as a fraudulent claim.

Remember - You are the one who controls your treatment. Educate Yourself
If they check your data card -- they are going to be very aware you aren't using your machine if you aren't. No getting around it.

Call them tell them you are having problems. Insurance is paying them to help YOU.
i wasn't feeling right about not telling them the truth. i'll come clean and ask what they suggest to use the machine better.

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