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Old 02-11-2019, 03:45 PM   #61
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Update: I want to bring this back up because I learned the answer to my OP here and maybe my info here will help some others with sleep apnea to NOT repeat my stupidity, and put off getting a new machine. My BIPAP stopped working in AUG 2018.

I just now got my new BPAP machine yesterday and feel a bit better this morning with my first nights sleep using it. It is GREAT to have a BIPAP again.

And it took so long due to my own reckless thinking, that maybe after 13 years of being on a BPAP machine, that I would no longer need one.

Wrong... here is what happened when I did not get my BIPAP machine and tried to sleep on my side only just to reduce my snoring/gasping for air.

Within one week of not having my BPAP machine, my stent in the main artery on the left side of my heart start bothering me. One of those constant dull, "just letting you know I am in here"...type pains.

The third week when one day doing a 30 mile drive, I started falling asleep at the wheel again. Chronic fatigue was setting back in on me.

And yesterday I took the tiller out in the back yard to dig out around a stump that I am going to chainsaw down below grade. Within 3 "pull backs " on the tillers handle bars to drag the dirt back, suddenly chest pains right in the center of my chest hit me so hard, that I had to sit down. I figured the pains were probably my old "angina" coming back, brought on by my oxygen depravation while sleeping without my machine.

They lasted for another 2 hours while diminishing and then went away while on the drive over to go get my new machine yesterday. (wife drove me just in case that I mis-diagnosed my chest pains and I vapor locked while driving) .

And I also found out a couple of other key points whenever one gets a new machine. A new sleep study will have to be done in order for insurance to pay for it, if your last sleep study is over 3 years old.

And even my sleep doctor did not know this one. He sent me home with a one night sleep study kit. So with my home study done, the doc calls the medical equipment company to get me a new machine. My doc was told that home sleep studies for BIPAP machines are not accepted by Medicare. Home studies are only accepted by Medicare for CPAP machines.

So if one expects Medicare to pay 80% of the costs for their $3620.00 BIPAP machine, the patient cannot use the home sleep study. They have to go to a hospital accredited sleep lab and stay overnight for the study. Because a BIPAP machine with a face mask has to be used during the study, to get the accurate readings.

My new sleep study showed that I stopped breathing every two minutes. So my SA is actually worse now 15 years later since I was diagnosed in 2005 with SA. (aging factor)


So to sum up, if a person has sleep apnea bad enough to require a BIPAP machine, the SA is NOT going to get better with age. And don't play any waiting games like I did to get your new machine. As I learned that I could have become daisy food ...for doing so.

Does anyone know how Gregsoldtruck79 is? He stopped abruptly on 10/21.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:24 PM   #62
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I've wondered also. If I'm not mistaken both he and his wife have health issues.
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I want to add an update to Greg's thread but still no sign of him. Best wishes wherever you are.
My update is, my daughter started on the bi-pap and loves it. Great sleep and feels very rested in the morning.

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Old 04-30-2019, 07:56 AM   #64
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It seems that not sleeping in a recliner & being able to turn side to side would help hip pain, also.
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