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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, 2018.

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, 2018.

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, 2018.

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, 2018.

 

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John Wilkinson replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi Frankie, I have been a hosehead now for about 14 months and I too had severe sleep apnea. I too struggled with my mask and head sores but my persistence has paid off. My apneas are now down to 9 from 44. My mind and memory is much sharper and I…"
Sunday
John Wilkinson replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi Sharon, I have been using a Cpap machine for 7 months. I too struggled with a full face mask (Simplus as issued by sleep clinic) but I changed from a large to medium size mask and it is a lot more comfortable and, because it fits better, I…"
Jul 9, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
John Wilkinson replied to John Wilkinson's discussion DVLA and Medical Review Driving Licences
Jan 31, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018

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Sleep2snore replied to Ruth Furniss's discussion Blocked nose
"I use that stuff you get for kids in a capsule that you sprinkle onto their pillows. Put on a tissue close to the air filter it works wonders. I forget the name of it as I have run out.  I can't look for the carton as it was recycled! The…"
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Sleep2snore replied to SleepyHead's discussion NHS or Private to get diagnosis to determine treatment
"Contact the hospital and ask how long they take to diagnose and treat a patient, some are very slow and others can be surprisingly quick, though I have a feeling you are in the slow zone.  However, it costs nothing to ask the question, maybe…"
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Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion APAP or BIPAP
"You can always ask to be transferred to another hospital if there is one near you. Or you can buy one of you can afford one and ask if they will service it and repair it if you buy one, some hospitals will and others will not.  But in any case,…"
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Sleep2snore replied to Terry James's discussion First week with CPAP and it's not going well
"You can also try turning up the humidifier a bit, but be careful not to turn it to far as you can get condensation in the hose and mask.  This is referred to as Rain-out.  You can get covers for the hose, but if you are still bother it…"
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Terry James replied to Terry James's discussion First week with CPAP and it's not going well
"Thanks all for your responses! I am pleased to tell you that a lot of the symptoms are diminishing slowly - I am getting more sleep and the aerophagia has eased off quite a bit too. I am getting about 6-7 hours now with the ResMeD. Dry mouth is…"
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Grumpy replied to Terry James's discussion First week with CPAP and it's not going well
"Xylimelts help a great deal with dry mouth, available from hope2sleep far cheaper than anywhere else. Buy in bulk if you can afford it to save on p&p."
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John Wilkinson replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi Frankie, I have been a hosehead now for about 14 months and I too had severe sleep apnea. I too struggled with my mask and head sores but my persistence has paid off. My apneas are now down to 9 from 44. My mind and memory is much sharper and I…"
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Frances Coiwn replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Thanks for the warm welcome. Started CPAP therapy early December having been diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea. Over the past 10 weeks or so I have slowly adapted to using CPAP, really struggleing at times with mask fit, the having the flu which…"
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Edam replied to Edam's discussion APAP or BIPAP
"I checked with my hospital but they dont supply Bipap,s to outpatients so looks like Im stuck with the S9"
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SleepyHead posted a discussion

NHS or Private to get diagnosis to determine treatment

Hi,  With the help of a hope2sleep screening test indicating I may have moderate sleep apnea, I am hopefully going to get my GP to finally agree to refer me to a sleep specialist (I have been trying for 6 months).  I have some concerns over how long…See More
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Bill Thomson replied to Bill Thomson's discussion ResMed DC-DC converter for S9 in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Item now sold"
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Glen Vaal replied to Bill Thomson's discussion ResMed DC-DC converter for S9 in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"I look forward to your text with payment account details. Either is Ok. I will reply with my address. Regards, Glen"
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Bill Thomson replied to Bill Thomson's discussion ResMed DC-DC converter for S9 in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Glen - apologies for not replying sooner, but my phone died. I now have a temporary fix (the replacement should arrive today anyway) so I will text you. I have also sent a message via the forum, but they are limited to 200 characters."
Feb 7

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