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What If You Can Not Get Use To Cpap Machine

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I was wondering if anyone knew, what happens if you have sleep apnea but can not sleep using the cpap. I don't think the VA can lower you're rate or take it away, I actually think they should increase it because you can not get what you need to be fully rested. Always any feed back is appreciated.

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Stpn2me,

I was diagnosed with OSA in 2008 and I had problems tolerating the CPAP. I had the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation System implanted on June 1, 2015 and my doctor will activate it on July 2nd followed by another sleep study sometime in August. The Inspire implant is made by Medtronics, the same company that makes pacemakers. In fact, the implant looks just like a pacemaker. To find out more about the Inspire system, go to www.Inspiresleep.com

I had a sleep study in December 2014 with the following results: RDI 54, AHI 52, LSAT 62%. Classified as severe OSA.

In mid January of this year I had a UPPP procedure in which my Uvala and upper soft palate were removed. I also had turbinate reduction surgery at the same time to open up my nasal passages. These procedures were performed in order to qualify me as a candidate for the Inspire procedure. Prior to these procedures, my ENT doctor said my upper airways were not open enough for the Inspire system to work properly. I also had to lose some weight to increase the likelihood of the Inspire system working properly. After the above procedures, I had another sleep study with the following results: RDI 40, AHI 38, LSAT 77%. Improved but still classified as severe OSA.

Hopefully, my sleep study in August will show drastic improvement in my OSA as a result of the Inspire system implant. Only time will tell.

NOTE: There is a new sleep apnea system out now called Imthera that my ENT doctor made me aware of but would not use on me because I had a pacemaker. Like Inspire, it is also an implant but smaller. He advised me this system was being offered to qualfied patients free of charge as long as the patients agreed to participate in a clinical study. More info on this system is available at www.imtheramedical.com

Good luck to you.

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Hello and good morning!

I don't "love" my CPAP, but I sure do appreciate it!!! I have been using mine since Feb '14. My wife "loves" it, tho, since I no longer snore like a "Harley" anymore. I had a sleep study done by my private insurance, and discovered that my pulse ox was dropping into the low 70s! I had my first "apnea" within 2 minutes of falling asleep during the sleep study. I had over 100 in the first 2 hours of the study. Apparently SA prevents REM sleep, too. Which medical science has shown to be most important to a good night's sleep. I am DX'd at 11 for my psi(?) on my device. I have the pillow soft nose piece. I wake up many times a night because it comes loose, but I can't have it tight cuz it pushes into my face and somehow closes my nasal passages??? So I like it a little loose. I don't fall asleep standing up anymore, but don't feel like "wow I slept great" either.

As a side note, a coworker's father died of SA, last fall, while at deer camp. He didn't think he needed his cpap for just a few days. They found him 2 days later, asleep in a lawnchair in front of the fireplace. Apparantly he was tired from the day, and the heat of the fire caused him to get drowsy. His head drooped down and that was all she wrote.

Anyway, what is the best way to get this SC'd? I had trouble sleeping while on AD, used to drink every night just to fall asleep. I know it's mentioned once or twice in my SMR. Any suggestions would be well received.

Oh, forgot to mentioin that the coworker's dad was only 53 when he died from SA.

My CPAP device has the water resevoir in it. Which I really like...especially with the dry winter air...or dry air from A/C.

I started using it religiously as soon as I received it. My insurance pays 100% of all costs, including replacment of consumeables(masks tubing etc). The manufacturer rep said the ins. won't pay all if I don't use it every night. The device had a removeable wireless modem that was tracking useage and transmitting to local rep. After 6 months they called and said good to go, remove and send modem in supplied prepaid shipping container. I get a robo call every 6 mos. to see if I would like to reorder consumeables, which I do, and I get a 6 month supply, which I reallly appreciate. I guess the ins. is happy that I'm using it, since it is much much cheaper than paying for treatment of SA related heart illness and such.

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Great thread with lots of good info. My first CPAP I got from Social Security and I had a copay of 20 a month so I went to VA and they gave me another one. They have never been very helpful and getting new filters and masks is a hassle. I think it is my VA. My benefits include filtered air and less allergy problems. When I use the CPAP correctly I get a good sleep and feel good next day. It is not easy to get used to it but I did.

My Medicare CPAP Doc told me to take my machine if I went to hospital for a procedure. When I got a stent and stayed over night I did that and the hospital hooked up oxygen which I can't get the VA to do.

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Medicare will give you a new cushion every month plus filters for small copay but many medical eqpt companies seem to be halfa%^ed and not proactive.- VA needs badgering to give one every 6 months.

I have been checking on masks from China on alibaba and just got one from 1800CPAP.

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Medicare will give you a new cushion every month plus filters for small copay but many medical eqpt companies seem to be halfa%^ed and not proactive.- VA needs badgering to give one every 6 months.

I have been checking on masks from China on alibaba and just got one from 1800CPAP.

Our insurance has bounced around on what it covers. Now I can get a new set of nose pillows and filter every 15 days. Used to be once a month...

Have never tried support through the VA for my CPAP - I use our medical insurance instead. Hearing aids must be different, because the VA supports mine with the drop of an email...whatever I need and it's on the way.

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