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

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Wilkinson May 17.

DVLA and Medical Review Driving Licences
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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…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Wilkinson Jan 31.

Dreamstation humidifier heated hose and simplus 'mask type' settings
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Hi Everyone,I have recently purchased and started to use a heated hose with my dream station humidifier as my unheated hose used to 'bubble and gurgle' with condensation and also wet my face, even on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by N Feb 18.

My first review
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After only 15 days on my cpap machine I have recently had my first review. I was diagnosed with severe OSA, I had an AHI of 42. My partner timed some of my apnoeas at 28. seconds.My AHI is now down…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sleep2snore Jan 21.

 

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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 "
May 17
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"
May 17
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…"
May 17
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…"
May 16
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 less physically and mentally tired. At my last visit to the Sleep Clinic, about 3 weeks ago, my max pressure was reduced from 20cm to 16cm as this was the average highest pressure recorded on my data. This also reduced the instances of my mask…See More
May 16
N replied to John Wilkinson's discussion Dreamstation humidifier heated hose and simplus 'mask type' settings
"Hi John, I had the same problem until I disvovered that the setting for the heating was “adaptive” (works following a piece of software that switches the humidifier on/off during the night), as opposed to “fixed”. I changed…"
Feb 18
grumpycamel replied to John Wilkinson's discussion Dreamstation humidifier heated hose and simplus 'mask type' settings
"Hi John, It may help if you switch on the preheat function on the DreamStation main menu before you go to bed. It warms up the humidifier for 30 minutes and switches itself off to get things warmed up. I tend to have the hose and humidifier on 5…"
Feb 13
John Wilkinson replied to John Wilkinson's discussion DVLA and Medical Review Driving Licences
"Thank you for your advice. I contacted my insurance company (LV), with trepidation, and informed them that I now held a 3 year medical review licence and that I had moderate OSA and they were ok with that. They said if the DVLA said I was fit…"
Jan 31
John Wilkinson replied to John Wilkinson's discussion DVLA and Medical Review Driving Licences
Jan 31
Sleep2snore replied to John Wilkinson's discussion Dreamstation humidifier heated hose and simplus 'mask type' settings
"It is very much a setting of your own choice, I also found the lower settings did very littel. You just have to play around and adjust things slowly until you find a sweet spot. I am not going to comment where my mind has wondered to now…"
Jan 26
Sleep2snore replied to John Wilkinson's discussion DVLA and Medical Review Driving Licences
"You need to get at least 5 hours under your belt every night, plus you really need to get it down to 5 or less events per night. It is not easy to get it down right away for some people, but keep working at it and if you are struggling contact your…"
Jan 25
John Wilkinson posted a discussion

DVLA and Medical Review Driving Licences

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.  On the advice of my sleep clinic I submitted the S1 form to the DVLA and after they referred to my consultant I now have to submit my current licence and have it replaced with a medical review licence.Obviously I am going to refer this to my insurance company. Does anyone know if…See More
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
John Wilkinson replied to John Wilkinson's discussion Dreamstation humidifier heated hose and simplus 'mask type' settings
"Hi Sleep to snore, Thanks once again for your support. I have turned the adaptive setting off and defaulted to fixed. The sleep clinic also recommended this. I went to sleep with the hose on 2 and humidifier on 3. When I woke up about 4 hours later…"
Jan 23
Sleep2snore replied to John Wilkinson's discussion My first review
"Hi John, I have had over 20 yrs of it so far, it just takes a while for your brain to accept that it needs to use a machine. We are not used to air at pressure being blown into us, so stick with it and in no time you will not be able to sleep…"
Jan 21
Sleep2snore replied to John Wilkinson's discussion Dreamstation humidifier heated hose and simplus 'mask type' settings
"I am not sure about the dream station, but if the humidifier has an AUTO setting, put it on manual. I just looked up the manual and it has an adaptive setting, turn this setting off and work the temperature settings manually, the adaptive settings…"
Jan 21

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Sleep2snore replied to Chris Vesey's discussion What pressures?
"I hope they set the low pressure up and that it is not left 4 to 20. I find a lot of people is given machines set up like this and that is not really good. It is not recommended that you shift the pressures on an NHS machine, the clinic will not be…"
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Sleep2snore replied to Bethany's discussion Help for the hubby
"Is it a CPAP machine with a fixed pressure he has? It might be that a fixed pressure machine is not the right one for him or he may have a complicated Sleep Apnoea, in other words there are other things going on other than just his throat…"
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Kath Hope replied to Chris Vesey's discussion What pressures?
"Hi Chris I think you mean 'APAP' rather than 'acap' and if so, it will have automatic pressures.  It's not really recommended to alter your own pressures, and people only usually do that in desperation if they…"
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Kath Hope replied to Bethany's discussion Help for the hubby
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Bethany posted a discussion

Help for the hubby

Hello everyone, I am hoping that maybe someone out there has been through what my husband is currently having to deal with. Three years ago my husband randomly collapsed at his place of work (hes an engineer and works with machinery so naturally him…See More
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Chris Vesey posted a discussion

What pressures?

Hi,I was given my resmed airsense 10 by the hospital and instructed in its use. At no time were pressures mentioned and i have read of people altering the pressures. As mine is an acap does this mean that the pressure is set automatically by the…See More
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Mags replied to Mags's discussion What is a good oxygen Oximeter
"Thanks Kath Will have a look in the morning and let you know"
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Kath Hope replied to Mags's discussion What is a good oxygen Oximeter
"The Airsense Autoset does show the data in you look in the 'Sleep Report' section on your screen you can then scroll down to AHI and should also be able to see leakage.  If you can't see the AHI then it means the hospital have…"
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Mags replied to Mags's discussion What is a good oxygen Oximeter
"The Machine is Res Med AirSense 10 AutoSet"
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Kath Hope replied to Mags's discussion What is a good oxygen Oximeter
"It does sound to me like the hospital perhaps don't realise what is out there to help us all  Margaret, because some of our hospitals even supply liners, and many that don't refer people to our charity for them.  I use them…"
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