"Thanks for this, Mary.
Worse comes to worse, I'll buy a used machine from Second Wind. First I'm going to see if I can get my doctor to prescribe one.
Maybe this is the final answer. Meanwhile, I'm surely happy to have…"
"Zollistar, I think the ASV is hands down the best machine. It took me four years to get hooked up. Because of lingering depression and continued day time sleepiness with a high AHI my doctor suggested a night in the lab with an…"
"May I ask two dumb-dumb questions? What do "Dx" and "CSA" mean?
And here is a not-so-dumb-dumb question (I hope!): From your experience, do people sleep better using an ASV machine?
I look forward to your answer.
"You will most likely not be able to get insurance approval for an ASV without a Dx of CSA. I think that saying that an ASV breathes with you is false. ASV does however provide a better breath support and algorithm for auto use. The newer ASV units…"
"Hi Zollistar, I much prefer using an Apap to a straight Cpap. I changed over a few years ago and found straight away that I had much less of a problem with leaks. Another thing that I have noticed is I used to have ongoing problems with my nose…"
"ZolliStar, I went straight to an auto so can't really compare but from what I have heard there are two major benefits, first, the comfort factor of not having the high pressure all night and second, it adjusts to what you require, so if you use…"
"Ginny, they are probably not doing anything against the law- though it may seem like fraud to us it may be an accepted practice. I would rather change DME's. Have you talked to the manager. They don't want to lose your…"
"I just use a large rubber band and safety pin to attach i tho the sheet. It doesn't exactly kink, but rather seems to have almost bends that don't quite ever go away. I have one that doesn't but all the others seem to.…"
"My light weight tubing does not have a tendency to kink. It just hangs down from the stand and comes back up to the bed. I tried a hose hanger, but bought the cheaper travel model and it just wasn't up to the task."
"I was really surprised when the congestion improved without the humidification. Yes, I use the lighter weight tubing too. Do you have trouble getting the bends and kinks out of them???? I have one favorite that is broken in and I hate…"
I actually gained weight over time. But that's related to me not increasing activity and continuing bad eating habits. It's only since I started really tracking what I eat with weightwatchers that I've lost weight. If I can find time in the day (with a 3 year old, full time job and full time grad school) to do some exercise I'm sure I could lose more.
Although to be fair I also have PCOS on top of all this and that can cause weight gain too. But with how well I'm doing with weightwatchers I would also say my eating habits were certainly NOT helping!
I have lost a little. I started last March and now I have much more energy. In fact, prior to therapy....I wasn't working out. I have now started up and plan to run a 1/2 marathon in September. Before therapy - this goal would have been out of the question.
Everyone is different, I lost 50 pounds in the past 5 years, but it was not all because I was a compliant Cpap user. Part of it was because of my Doctor who warned me of my family history and disposition to being Overweight. Coronary disease anyone? I still have 50 more to go.
As for me I gained some weight after starting therapy and then I lost some weight. I'm only 6 lbs under the original pre-pap weight. But I'm still working on my therapy after 2 years, something is not quite right. I'm hoping if I figure out the problem I'll be able to get to work on really losing some weight.
Everyone kept telling me along the way before I got my CPAP that this would help me lose weight....no way....I am however more rested so if I had time in my schedule I WOULD have the energy to exercise more than I used to.
I lost about 30 lbs in the last year and a half, thru exercise. I'm 5'8" and now 158 lbs. I am a CPAP user for the last 4 years, with pressure set at 6. The CPAP has been wonderful, helping me sleep better, gained my energy back, the humidifier helps when I have a cold ...
This is an aside ... starting last December, I was not sleeping well (waking up more tired than usual and mind is foggy) so I had myself tested again at a sleep clinic this year. The result indicated that I need to be at a higher pressure of 7. After a month, I'm still not sleeping well at this higher pressure. I switched from a fisher and paykel to a Resmed S8 Autoset II because the F&P is making a lot of noises. I wonder how many people has lost weight and had their CPAP pressure increased ...