Hey Wayne...sorry it took me so long to get back to you...the strap is made of a very soft polyester blend, thin, very breathable, and can be removed with your pinky finger if necessary.It is really pliable....like anything else, it takes time to get used to anything foreign around the face!
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Sometimes, depending upon the area where you live, sleep clinics will offer to do sleep studies at a greatly reduced price, or even at no charge. I would call around and explain that you do not have any income and no insurance and see if you can find one that will do a sleep study on you. You may end up with a tech that is just starting out, but they will be over seen by others that are trained.
Have you had a sleep study to confirm that you have sleep apnea? This question may sound silly to you, but if you have had a sleep study we may have suggestions to help you in finding a cpap at a reasonable cost. If you haven't had a sleep study, we may still have some suggestions for you to try.
One thing you may try right away is to sleep on your side. When sleeping on your back, you are more likely to have apneas and more severe ones. Try a tennis ball sewn in the back of your night clothes. Raise the head of your bed. This will help with the sleep apnea and the reflux you experience.
Post your story in the discussions and other forum members will have suggestions for you.
I am glad you joined and hope you find it as useful as I have. The forum contains topics dealing with sleep apnea and various treatment options and methods of treating both obstructive and central sleep apnea.
The forum is made up of patients, like me, and professionals that are trying to help find solutions to the problems faced by those that are affected by sleep apnea.
Some patients experience problems that are not addressed by their DME. Their experience with their DME, may have been little more than handing over their machine and mask and sending the patient on their way. The forum is here to help both the newbie, just starting out with therapy, and those more experienced and knowledgeable to find solutions and answers.
The professionals that participate in the forum are invaluable with their expertise and advice on different treatment options and explanations of what is happening.
I hope that you find the forum useful and will participate in the discussions and groups