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searay

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For to many yrs. I've been trying to get a cpap machine that works for me. However, every Dr. I have talked with all have there own theories on the subject and seem to have no clue. I have tried a continuous blow cpap but it didn't work for me. Too loud, way too much pressure, that would wake me up the second I fell asleep. When I had bi-pass surgery the surgeon had me use a bi-pap while I was in the hospital and it worked great for me. The people who do the sleep studies don't have a clue. The last one I did, a home study, the guy there said 'there all cpap machine's' like he had never heard of a bi-pap or apap machine. After the home study showed I have sleep apnea they want me to do an over night study to get the titration # which you don't need for a bi-pap. The whole bunch of em don't seem to have a clue. I would think that since I have tried a continuous blow cpap that I could not tolerate and had success using the bi-pap that I could get a bi-pap machine with no further studies required. Anyone in the know as to what I need to do to cut to the chase and get a bi-pap machine?
 
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If you have the medical history showing you had a cpap and it didn't work that should be enough. Most of the time it just comes down to what insurance is willing to pay for and they want to see there is progression/need for the more expensive equipment. A bipap costs around 3x what a cpap does.
 
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What is the diff between a cpap and a bi-pap?

I think I am gonna sell my resmed airsense 11 as my sinuses are caved in from broken noses and I cannot use a full face mask. Just cannot sleep feeling like I have a face hugger from Aliens on me.
 
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My first cpap in 2008 was a true cpap I had to choke ahainst 15 psi of continuous pressure.
In 2013 I got a new resmed and noticed that the air stopped blowing when I exhaled. I got a new airsense 10 in 2018 and it has the auto set feature .
When I picked mine up we had to go through training and there were several people there that the machines were set to auto. I think my pressure was set to 10. But I eventually set it to auto and it works better. As stated above it's a cpap but it stops the pressure when I exhale.
 
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For to many yrs. I've been trying to get a cpap machine that works for me. However, every Dr. I have talked with all have there own theories on the subject and seem to have no clue. I have tried a continuous blow cpap but it didn't work for me. Too loud, way too much pressure, that would wake me up the second I fell asleep. When I had bi-pass surgery the surgeon had me use a bi-pap while I was in the hospital and it worked great for me. The people who do the sleep studies don't have a clue. The last one I did, a home study, the guy there said 'there all cpap machine's' like he had never heard of a bi-pap or apap machine. After the home study showed I have sleep apnea they want me to do an over night study to get the titration # which you don't need for a bi-pap. The whole bunch of em don't seem to have a clue. I would think that since I have tried a continuous blow cpap that I could not tolerate and had success using the bi-pap that I could get a bi-pap machine with no further studies required. Anyone in the know as to what I need to do to cut to the chase and get a bi-pap machine?
See if you can get a referral to a sleep specialist my buddy went through 2 pcp and a cardiologist and they just followed the sleep studies report. He finally went to a sleep specialist and got a bipap.
 
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See if you can get a referral to a sleep specialist my buddy went through 2 pcp and a cardiologist and they just followed the sleep studies report. He finally went to a sleep specialist and got a bipap.
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searay

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What is the diff between a cpap and a bi-pap?

I think I am gonna sell my resmed airsense 11 as my sinuses are caved in from broken noses and I cannot use a full face mask. Just cannot sleep feeling like I have a face hugger from Aliens on me.
You don't have to get a different machine to use a different mask. Most masks are interchangeable with most machines.
 
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. . . . The people who do the sleep studies don't have a clue . . . .

See if you can get a referral to a sleep specialist my buddy went through 2 pcp and a cardiologist and they just followed the sleep studies report. He finally went to a sleep specialist and got a bipap.
Don't have any experience with any of this, but I have a feeling it's in my future ... wife says "no shit Sherlock," or words to that effect. So when I go looking for the ideal "sleep guy," who/what exactly am I looking for?
 
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I had a shitty older Philips machine and stopped using it due to extremely sore throats. I went to a sleep medicine ENT doctor and he did a little more than the at home sleep study and actually put me under with anesthesia and a fiber optic scope for my diagnosis. I now have a Res Med 11 and am sleeping like a baby again.

BTW the guys out there on TRT with very high HGB/HCT might be interested that my HCT was 57! When I started using the new Cpap and down to 54 with no change in Testosterone dose or blood donation.
 
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I also have the resmed 11 and really like it. First one I've had so I have no basis for comparison. But yes, my blood pressure has dropped since I've started using it
 
genetic freak

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I had a shitty older Philips machine and stopped using it due to extremely sore throats. I went to a sleep medicine ENT doctor and he did a little more than the at home sleep study and actually put me under with anesthesia and a fiber optic scope for my diagnosis. I now have a Res Med 11 and am sleeping like a baby again.

BTW the guys out there on TRT with very high HGB/HCT might be interested that my HCT was 57! When I started using the new Cpap and down to 54 with no change in Testosterone dose or blood donation.
Yep, if I am having a hard time sleeping my HCT will climb. During this contest prep I have only been averaging 4-5 hours of sleep and it has slowly been rising. The only time I get any decent sleep is on my high carb days.
 
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You don't have to get a different machine to use a different mask. Most masks are interchangeable with most machines.
Of sorry, I have tried a bunch of masks. I was hopeful for the full face but no, it did not work.
 
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