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Old 05-18-2017, 11:35 AM
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Just got back from getting my sleep study results and was told I have severe sleep apnea. According to their study I had 77 events of stopping breathing or whatever per hour. Once they put the mask on me at 2 in the morning it was down to 3.
I'm pretty excited actually of getting this thing knowing that I will be able to sleep. Do you guys that have them like them? Or do you not? Thanks Chris.
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Chris,

I have been using one for about 2+ years. I get much better rest and sleep pretty soundly. I am not near as tired and my high blood pressure and other issues are better.

It will take a little while to get used to it..
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I have one and sleep so much better with it. It takes some getting used to at first but the difference is day and night for me.
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I like what I'm hearing. My hope also is that my girl friend can get more sleep too without a human chain saw going all night. She says it's pretty bad and usually sleeps in another bed.
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I have had one for 2+ years and it makes a big difference. My study had me with 109 stops per hour. Waking up after first night was like opening eyes and seeing in HD for first time.

Only downside is traveling with it. Have tried skipping on an overnight but find I can still tell the difference.

Be aware of what they charge you for the machine. The "price" for mine was a little over $3,000. My portion (30%) was supposed to be $1,300 which I paid up front. The insurance company paid their "70%" at the rate of $60 per month on a rental. So they were only paying $720 for their share.

Kicker was that when first of year rolled around the deuctable reset and I had to pay 6 months at $60.

Found my machine online for about $1,500 for straight buy. Be sure to ask MD for prescrription and shop around.
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I have been sleeping with one for 14 years.
I stopped falling asleep at red lights in the mornings on the way to work aftet the first few nights of use. Force yourself to get used to it
It's obviously not going to feel natural for a while. If you find you can't tolerate it after few weeks ask for different style mask. Too many health benefits not to make it work.
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I would wake up 18 times per hour, with the machine 9 times per hour, I no longer use it. Best of luck.
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My number was over 150 events per hour.

Can't sleep without it. I don't "like" it but its life saving.
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You will not be getting laid with it on though so make sure that is complete before strapping it on for the night.
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Was prescribed one in September.
Took some getting used to but I do sleep better when using it..... I also use it as an excuse not to have sex with my girlfriend.
Sometimes even when we are just watching TV in bed I'll put it on just to keep her off me.


Like Bob's said you have to be proactive about the cost. I had a hard time getting a straight answer about what pharmacy would charge insurance or cost of outright purchase.
Also search for your filters and cleaning supplies (I use dish soap and bleach) on line.... You will have folks contacting you claiming to be "approved" or "sole supplier" and they will rip you a new one if you let em.
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Changed my life for the better.
Like Bob's Cay said when I woke up it felt like the entire world had changed.
I'm no longer getting sick or having running nose that I had for years.
My pressure number is 19lbs so I'm pretty extreme. I was issued a BiPAP machine to relieve exhale pressure. After years of having it I have a hard time falling asleep without it on. I didn't have any trouble sleeping with it at first nor do I now.
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Originally Posted by doobs41378 View Post
You will not be getting laid with it on though so make sure that is complete before strapping it on for the night.
Haha yep that's already crossed my mind. Thanks for the replies guys. Hopefully it won't cost me an arm and a leg. Looking forward to some sound sleep after I don't know how many years.
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I have had mine for two plus years and can't imagine not having it. I can't remember how many events I would have without it per hour, but I do know that I have both types of sleep apnea and mine was also considered severe, and due to the length of time I had it before being diagnosed, scar tissue had formed on/around my heart. My oxygen level was dropping to the mid/high 70% range.

I went through all three main types of masks. Started with the full face (covers nose and mouth), that didn't work, so went to the nose being covered only, didn't like that, and I finally settled on the nose pillows and that did the trick for me.

I'm thankfully for my insurance as I haven't had to pay a dime for my machine or any of my supplies.
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Nose pillows make the difference for me, hate the mask!
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I've had one for a couple of years and I have tried to use it at least a dozen times and I simply can't get used to it. I have a different kind of sleep problem, I wake up when I go into REMS sleep. Not every time but way to frequently. I don't know how the CPAP machine is supposed to keep me from waking up when I go into REMS. I also have insomnia, it runs in my family so my sleep is all f'ed up anyway.

I haven't thought much about selling my CPAP machine but if you have any interest in buying one I can email you specs for the one I have, just let me know.
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Hey thanks Russ. Hopefully I'll find out soon enough the particulars on the cost. When I had my study it wasn't the full mask. It was this thing that blew air up your nose. That's what I'll be getting according to them.
It sounds like this device is working for most of you. By my results it seems that it going to work for me as well. Chris
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Made such a difference for me, its crazy but I look forward to putting it on now.
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I have one and love it, don't go to sleep without it now. My sleep used to be so bad, that I would wake up violently, often times sitting up gasping for air and that would trigger panic and I'd have to run outside. The waking up part got so bad that I didn't want to go to sleep for fear of the startling wake up. Got the machine and I sleep like a baby now. I use the full mask since I'm a mouth breather and the nostril type won't work if you open your mouth. To get used to it, the first couple of nights when I was watching tv and started to get sleepy, I would put it on and eventually fall asleep on the couch watching tv. After a few nights I started to get comfortable with it and when I started to get sleepy, I got up and went to bed and put it on. Mine has been around the world with me as I won't travel or go to sleep without it now.
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I have one and love it, don't go to sleep without it now. My sleep used to be so bad, that I would wake up violently, often times sitting up gasping for air and that would trigger panic and I'd have to run outside. The waking up part got so bad that I didn't want to go to sleep for fear of the startling wake up. Got the machine and I sleep like a baby now. I use the full mask since I'm a mouth breather and the nostril type won't work if you open your mouth. To get used to it, the first couple of nights when I was watching tv and started to get sleepy, I would put it on and eventually fall asleep on the couch watching tv. After a few nights I started to get comfortable with it and when I started to get sleepy, I got up and went to bed and put it on. Mine has been around the world with me as I won't travel or go to sleep without it now.
Wow. I wake up gasping too. Not to the extreme point as you but is rather scary. Again, thank you for all the responses. It kind of eases my mind a bit. My first thought was I don't want to wear this damn thing. But if I'm asleep and sleeping well, why would I care?
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The newer machines are really nice with the water for humidity so you don't get a dry mouth and are so quite, that my wife says she can't even hear it running.

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