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Sleep Apnea and DVLA
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Dear all,Sorry if I am posting this in wrong place..I am a new member to this forum. I am 35 years old and I have been recently diagnosed moderate to severe OSA and since then I have been trying to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kath Hope Jan 28.

 

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Kath Hope replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"Hi George The recovery for septoplasty was about a week from the worst of it, but it was over a year before the end of my nose stopped feeling numb and the numbness in my front teeth for about 6 months.  To be honest I'm not convinced the…"
Jan 28
George replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"Dear Kath, Thanks. May I ask how long will it take to recover from Septoplasty surgery?  Cheers, George"
Jan 25
John Wilkinson replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"Hi, I have recently started treatment for severe OSA and use a CPAP machine. After 3 weeks treatment my AHI went down from 42(severe) to 20 (moderate). I am due to visit my sleep clinic next week for my second review. Personally I feel to have…"
Jan 25
George replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"Hi Chris, I did inform DVLA after my CPAP started by submitting the SL1 form downloaded from online. After a month's wait DVLA got back to me saying I am ok to drive. I also informed by insurance as well. So It was not as scary as i…"
Jan 24
Kath Hope replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"Yes Chris, you did need to contact them.  They recently updated their policy on this.  With severe sleep apnoea you need reviewing every 3 years now, but it is clearer than it used to be.  Problem is, not everyone is aware of the…"
Jan 24
Kath Hope replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"Great update George, even though I'm late to see it.  I've had a drug-induced endoscopy....there's not many places who do that in the UK.  Mine was with Prof Bhik Kotecha in London.  He confirmed things we suspected and…"
Jan 24
Chris Vesey replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"Hi, The diagnosis from the consultant said score of 38.5, severe sleep apnea, must inform dvla. I phoned resmed who said now  I was being treated I did not need to inform dvla? I next phoned the dvla for advice as i had already written for a…"
Jan 23
George replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"Hi all, I thought to update you on my progress. I have been using CPAP for a while and it is going well. I had my second visit to sleep clinic and they said I am doing really well and adjusted my pressure to bring down the AHI below 5. I sent my SL1…"
Jan 15
Kath Hope replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"I George.  I can only tell you what I did....I immediately stopped driving (on advice of the sleep clinic and because I'd never have lived with myself if I'd caused an accident - my own Grandma was killed by a driver that…"
Oct 7, 2017
George replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"Dear Kath (or anyone), Do you have any comment or recommendation about how to inform DVLA? As I mentioned in the previous message, In many online pages, I was warned not to email or phone or fill in online form but post a letter. Any advices on…"
Oct 4, 2017
Kath Hope replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"You're welcome George, and shocked at the 26 weeks to wait, but good to know you're at least going to be eventually sorted out.  Keep us posted how things go."
Oct 4, 2017
George replied to George's discussion Sleep Apnea and DVLA
"Dear all, Thanks for being so supportive. Just to update you, I have had my CPAP clinic appointment this week and given a Dreamstation CPAP machine with mask covering nose and mouth. I am still getting used to sleeping with the mask and wake up…"
Oct 4, 2017

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John Wilkinson replied to John Wilkinson's discussion I've 'hit a wall' can any body help me?
"Thanks for your advice. I really appreciate your help. I wasn't aware that there different types of apnoeas. I will be seeing the sleep nurse next week. I will keep you informed. John "
Thursday
John Wilkinson replied to John Wilkinson's discussion I've 'hit a wall' can any body help me?
"Thanks for that Kath. I am due to see the sleep clinic next week. Hopefully they will re-adjust the pressure. I will keep you informed. John"
Thursday
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I have read that APAP machines are not suitable for people with Asthma and give the same problems that I have been having. I am now having to use twice the dose of steriods just to keep the APAP happy If I can ever get in touch with my hospital I…"
Thursday
Kath Hope replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Medistron batteries
"Thanks Chris and we certainly are doing our homework Sleep2Snore.  Our charity work hard to get the right products at the right price for our fellow sufferers, and we have lots of loyal customers who purchase from us both to support the charity…"
Thursday
Kath Hope replied to John Wilkinson's discussion I've 'hit a wall' can any body help me?
"Sorry to hear after a good start you've taken a step backwards, and it could well be due to the reduction in pressure.  We don't recommend adjusting pressures but you're right to contact your hospital who will probably re-adjust…"
Thursday
Sleep2snore replied to John Wilkinson's discussion I've 'hit a wall' can any body help me?
"They have reduced it to far.  The max was 16, they should have left the machine at 18 if it is an APAP (automatic pressure) if it is a CPAP you have now same applies.  However, it might not be quite that straight forward as that as the…"
Wednesday
John Wilkinson posted a discussion

I've 'hit a wall' can any body help me?

I was diagnosed with severe OSA in November and I have been using a Philips Respironics CPAP machine and full face mask from early December up to now (about 5 months). My HPI's went down from 44 to about  14 in about 10 weeks and I was feeling much…See More
Wednesday
Sleep2snore replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Medistron batteries
"They are very costly things to have sitting around to go wrong or if you forget to charge them by their date. You could try to see if they will do it on a sale or return basis, them you could keep one or two.  However, I think most are ordering…"
Tuesday
Chris Vesey replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Medistron batteries
"Hi, I see from medistrom website they are looking for dealers, is it worth considering Kath"
Tuesday
Sleep2snore replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Medistron batteries
"I wish the ResMed was 12Vdc, it would make life a lot easier. I wonder why they need 24Vdc anyway? My APAP is not mine to and see why it has to be 24Vdc! I don't think the clinic might be to impressed if I opened it for a look. "
Monday
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I would like to see how the hospital is going to explain that your Apnoea is getting worse with an AHU of 0. That is almost incompetent. It might also be that it is not straight forward Sleep Apnoea you have and might benefit from an advanced…"
Monday
Chris Vesey replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Medistron batteries
"hi, just looked on internet, it seems that medistrom may not have a dealer in the uk but a company called sleep tight advertise the pilot 24 for £345, don't know about the co pilot. The very expensive one on amazon comes from Israel, good…"
May 13
Chris Vesey replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Medistron batteries
"hi, at the time amazon were selling the pilot for £285 and the co pilot for £137, gone up a lot since then chris"
May 13
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I have read that if you have Asthma a CPAP is better than a APAP  When the APAP increases the pressure it makes the asthma worse and then the APAP increases the pressure again which makes the asthma even worse ..... This is exactly whats…"
May 13
Kath Hope replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Medistron batteries
"Chris why did you purchase Medistrom as opposed to the Resmed battery?  Don't get me wrong as I've heard great things about the Medistrom and recommended it myself to people, but looking at the prices it seems just as or even more…"
May 13
Chris Vesey posted a discussion

Medistron batteries

Hi,I bought a pilot and co pilot set up a few months ago and have recently been trying them out. I have found by trial and error the following,First switch off all humidifiers etc.Switch to airplane mode, this reduces the amount of battery power…See More
May 13
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May 13
Chris Vesey replied to Helen Page's discussion Another newbie with a gazillion questions
"Hi, I informed the dvla by post using the relevant form they sent me. When the form arrived i was warned that i needed to return it within 14 days! As it takes a week for any dvla letter to arrive i was not amused. Even though i had started…"
May 12
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"You are right about needing the extra humidity. Its been very dry lately , I measured it at 39%RH,  so I will start to us the "Warm Up" on the H5i to get the humidity up straight away On my last visit to the hospital I was told that…"
May 11
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"It is a machine and if you have COPD and suffer from hay fever and asthma it will cause problems that you will have to find a work around for.  Looks like you have already found one that helps. It is very much a case of experiment and see. "
May 11

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