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Old 03-19-2020, 11:17 AM   #51
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Prescribed for a reason.

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I agree that under those circumstances it makes sense but in point of fact I took a sleep study at home and my PCP prescribed it without even talking to me much less ask if I sleep with my mouth open and my pressure is on the low side.

That said...

I was unsuccessful with the nose pillows last night. It's harder to get used to than I thought it would be but I'll try it a few nights before I draw any conclusions.
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Run the hose up over the head board and down to you. It keeps the hose out of the way. Don't give up. I got plum serious about wearing mine when a friend of mine died from sleep apnea.
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:30 AM   #53
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Run the hose up over the head board and down to you. It keeps the hose out of the way. Don't give up. I got plum serious about wearing mine when a friend of mine died from sleep apnea.
I already do that.

My nephew aspirated in his mask and died.
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:47 AM   #54
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I don't think its life and death in my case but looking younger is a good argument.
Purdy......... love my CPAP
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:49 AM   #55
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Have you tried using just a nasal pillow?
I tried these. Mouth Breather. Resmed F20 rocks
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:51 AM   #56
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Come On Doc! ... A physician "MAY PRESCRIBE".

I was a person that breathed through their mouth, slept on my back and has a high pressure setting,... The first mask my doctor tried on me during the test was the nasal pillows. There is no set mask for set people.

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Run the hose up over the head board and down to you. It keeps the hose out of the way. Don't give up. I got plum serious about wearing mine when a friend of mine died from sleep apnea.



Same....I made myself like it and get used to it because I knew it meant staying alive for longer. It took a couple days but I didn't quit. Now I can't sleep without it. It gets packed first before anything on trips.
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:04 PM   #58
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I already do that.

My nephew aspirated in his mask and died.



Stick with it man! Whether it be with the pillows or minus the beard, it will come..
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:10 PM   #59
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Lots of folks on here use CPAP.com to get their masks. You can usually find the same thing at half the price on Amazon. Mine is $120 on CPAP.com and $40 on Amazon.
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:11 PM   #60
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Stick with it man! Whether it be with the pillows or minus the beard, it will come..
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:11 PM   #61
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I got a chin strap with mine years ago. Never needed it. Nasal pillows pretty much force you to breath through your nose.


Here's what I use.

This is my backup mask.

Too many people talking doom and gloom here. Managing apnea with cpap is relatively simple. Learn whats going on with yourself. You may only see your doctor every 6 months. That's a long time to go id you have a problem. And most problems are easy if you are looking at data and know what it means.

Heck folks cpap is serious, and needs to be managed, but its not that hard. I am glad this came along, because it made me practice what i preach. Looked at my data and found some mask leakage telling me i had an issue. Caused more apnea episodes. Might not have seen it for months waiting on a doctor visit. Easily fixed by replacing the nasal pillow on my mask. Last nights data looked real good. (i would have found this sooner if i had listened to my wife. she said i had been snoring around my mask)
If you are having a doctor manage this, it needs to be someone well versed in treating apnea. If your using a GP, well hope he's a good one.
My doc told me he didnt care what mask i used, as long as i used cpap. Gave me a scrip, it is on record at cpap.com, and i order masks a couple of times a year. I dont use insurance because for a mask my out of pocket is more than what i pay straight at cpap.com. The durable medical suppliers just add cost for your insurance. They want $4k for the cpap machine you can buy for 1k.
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:29 PM   #62
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I have used mine, full face mask, with a beard and clean shaven both. No problem.


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Old 03-19-2020, 12:32 PM   #63
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This is my backup mask.

Too many people talking doom and gloom here. Managing apnea with cpap is relatively simple. .



The only doom and gloom I see is in regards to NOT using it at all. Other than that, it looks like everybody has been quite helpful in their suggestions.
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There are several different ways to use your CPAP so cutting might not be what you have to do. Adapt and overcome.
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Old 03-19-2020, 03:19 PM   #65
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The only way to go.....
Mirage Swift™ II Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask with Headgear

I have used this for almost 20 years.
You can use with a beard!!!
this is the same one I have used for over 10 years as well!
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Old 03-19-2020, 07:25 PM   #66
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Discovered the machine was still set to full face mask. Not sure what effect that has but tried it out this afternoon and it seems much better than last night.
I think I can get accustomed to it.
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Old 03-19-2020, 08:11 PM   #67
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Lose the beard.
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Old 03-19-2020, 08:21 PM   #68
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I got one in June of 2019 and cannot sleep without it. Good luck! Hated it for about a week are so. Feel better than I have in years. My pressure is at 14 and full face mask for me.
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Old 03-19-2020, 08:25 PM   #69
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Run a Phillips n20. Keep the mustache a little shorter and works great.
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Old 03-20-2020, 12:13 AM   #70
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Discovered the machine was still set to full face mask. Not sure what effect that has but tried it out this afternoon and it seems much better than last night.
I think I can get accustomed to it.

Some machines have provisions for mask and hose size. It ill be in the secret setup menu.
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Old 03-20-2020, 04:17 AM   #71
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Unfortunately I am of no help other than this

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And i was thinking dont say it everyone isnt acting like children.
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Old 03-20-2020, 07:25 AM   #72
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Some machines have provisions for mask and hose size. It ill be in the secret setup menu.
YouTube will show all CPAP machine clinical setting tricks. Just search you model
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Old 03-20-2020, 07:27 AM   #73
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Well how did it go last night Art?
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Nasal pillows and a chin strap if needed here. Hardly ever need the chin strap, air will wake you up if you open your mouth.

Sleep rating is 97%.
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Old 03-20-2020, 03:00 PM   #75
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Well how did it go last night Art?
So better than the night before but unfortunately I set my self up for a bit of a failure.

I did get the machine switched to pillows and experimented with some of the comfort settings and took a nap yesterday afternoon to give it a trial run. It worked very well... in fact before I knew it I had been asleep for an hour and a half.

so... by bedtime last night I wasn't tired at all. Also I still stay semi conscious while wearing it
so when I was sure it was almost morning I took it off, but realized it wasn't even 3:00 am
I should have put it back on but couldn't bring myself to get up and start the process over.
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Same....I made myself like it and get used to it because I knew it meant staying alive for longer. It took a couple days but I didn't quit. Now I can't sleep without it. It gets packed first before anything on trips.
Yep, same here Smart.....in fact, I carry TWO CPAP's with me when I travel. ALL it took was having mine crap out on me once.... being forced to "sleep" ONE night without it sure taught me a lesson.
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First really successful night with it. Scored a 92/100. I’ll get the hang of it.
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First really successful night with it. Scored a 92/100. I’ll get the hang of it.
Good to hear.
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Yep, just a matter of time you won't be able to sleep without it.
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Yep, just a matter of time you won't be able to sleep without it.
That actually is my biggest concern. I don’t like the idea of becoming dependent on it.
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That actually is my biggest concern. I don’t like the idea of becoming dependent on it.
Once you realize what good sleep you are getting that will be the last of your worries. The correct mask makes all the difference.
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Save up and buy a battery powered for emergencies.

You can sleep without your CPAP when the power goes out but you will feel the difference.
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use nose pillows. I have beard and have no problems.
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use nose pillows. I have beard and have no problems.



You should read the whole thread..
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Once you realize what good sleep you are getting that will be the last of your worries. The correct mask makes all the difference.

Agreed. I don't care what it takes to sleep well as long as I do. Been on one since 2006.

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Save up and buy a battery powered for emergencies.

You can sleep without your CPAP when the power goes out but you will feel the difference.
I keep telling myself I need to do this but they are really, really proud of them. Since 2006, there has only been one time, I have needed it and that was at deer camp when we lost power at 11pm... That was a long night. Being inside a tin covered camp house, in low temps, with no booster due to electricity made for an even longer night without the internet to surf. I played blackjack for 6-7 hours on my phone until electricity came back on. Maybe they are worth it..

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Nailed it last night. 100/100 score.
I still sit up in bed on my phone until I’m about falling over so I can nod off quicker.
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I cannot even take a nap in the afternoon, in my recliner, without my CPAP machine. I've got to buy another one.
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one of the best adjustments I made, as well as my dad, is turn the ramp up- OFF. It was fine when you first lay down, but if you get up in middle of night to pee, then go back on machine, the ramp up again makes you feel like you are suffocating.
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My prescription specifies it has to be a full face mask to be covered by insurance
Have the insurance pay for the full mask and order the headgear with pillows yourself online. There about $100. I can't stand the mask.
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Agreed. I don't care what it takes to sleep well as long as I do. Been on one since 2006.



I keep telling myself I need to do this but they are really, really proud of them. Since 2006, there has only been one time, I have needed it and that was at deer camp when we lost power at 11pm... That was a long night. Being inside a tin covered camp house, in low temps, with no booster due to electricity made for an even longer night without the internet to surf. I played blackjack for 6-7 hours on my phone until electricity came back on. Maybe they are worth it..
I've used it for backpacking and hunting trips where there is on electricity. Even used the solar panel with mine. That doesn't keep it from discharging over time but it does extend it a couple of days. a portable Cpap is all I use now.
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Old 03-28-2020, 01:17 PM   #91
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So then why do they make the full mask? Why would a doctor prescribe them because of the study? They mentioned it after my study.



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I too was a mouth breather until I used the nasal pillows. Some people probably will not adapt but there are other options such as cinch straps to keep mouth closed. I would at least try one and see. It's my observation that the ones who use the pillows stay with it longer.

Having said that, If I have nasal blockage it does make for an uncomfortable evening. But I'm willing to bet that an ENT could and should fix that part of the equation.
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one of the best adjustments I made, as well as my dad, is turn the ramp up- OFF. It was fine when you first lay down, but if you get up in middle of night to pee, then go back on machine, the ramp up again makes you feel like you are suffocating.
I too turned the ramp up OFF
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The loss of any beard is something to celebrate.
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The loss of any beard is something to celebrate.
But is shaving the same as loosing?

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Lose, loose Okay my bad.

The Doc. changed the prescription to read mask of choice.
I turned ramp off and like it better. (I also bumped the low end pressure a touch)

Doing the nasal pillows and I'm able to wear it all night without issues.

So the beard stays... for now.
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