Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:43 AM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:19 PM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:30 AM
I can understand why they want to ignore private IMO's and Medical records, but I can't believe that they arn't willing to even look at the complete medical information that is in VA's system.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:48 AM
Another good tip for CPAP users. One of those battery jumper packs (cables, battery and inverter contained) will run my VA issued Cpap for 3 nights if I shut off the heated humidifier and us a 12 volt connection. My machine is 12 volt and the transformer is in the cable (humidifier runs off 110).
I think one of the worst ways to wake up is when you are on a CPAP and the Power goes off. It gives new meaning to " I feel like im suffucating - wearing this mask!"
If you want to avoid that situation a small uninterruptable power supply (type you would have on your computer) takes care of business and the alarm will wake you up with plenty of time before the machine stops running.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:42 AM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:07 PM
I've also waken myself up with my snoring, you know that you have to be a heavy snorer if you wake yourself up.
Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:39 PM
Sleep apnea can cause pul hypertension http://www.nhlbi.nih...ics/topics/pah/ and a heart cath is the only real way to test the pressure.
Those nasal pillows are awesome for me!
Does your CPAP have the smart card so your sleep events can be monitored? I'm not sure if you get your CPAP from the VA and if so what they issue but I will get mine there as I'm tired of paying for these supplies.
My sleep doctor said my studies showed I had heart arrhythmias while I was having the apneas during sleep. This is why we all want to treat sleep apnea as a very serious disease. I have really struggled with mine. I am going for the nose nozzle now since the full face mask irritates the bridge of my nose so bad it is bright pink in the morning even if I sleep well. My doctor says people die all the time from unknown causes that are really apnea. They fall asleep while driving and crash. They have heart attacks at night and die. They die while having naps during the day.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:55 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:07 AM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:44 AM
There is an data card in the back. We are required only to send it in once after 30 days so they can verify we are using it, and they will send you a print out of the readings. It would be impossible to do this every month due to the huge number of veterans using these. They have Vets in Afganstan, everywhere even on ships using these. It will take a bit to get used too.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:52 AM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:37 PM
It appears that standard of care is still highly variable in veterans administration health care!
Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:14 PM
I had gone to the E.R. of a local hospital for chest pain. No heart attack-out the door. A few days later same thing again. I went to the VA this time and told them my doctor said that I may have ashma. No heart attack-out the door again.
I still had chest pain, hard time breathing. I went to my appointment with a pulmonary specialist. They ran all the test. No COPD, lung damage,ect.
What is going on is the cpac machine is blowing air in, goes straight in to the stomach and not all going out, and is the culprit causing chest pain and breathing problems
My base doctor order the test in reverse. I had the sleep study done first, was issued the cpac from the VA after I gave the doctors order. Then,, one month later I had the appointment from the doctor who determined after all the test, I am on the wrong machine. I need to be on a BIPAP machine which regulates air going in and out-much more expensive machine. And, another sleep study tomorrow so they can get the right readings. I was never tested on my back either.
So, once I get the new doctors order, another trip to the VA to get them to write another doctors order for the correct machine, And they don't exchange machines, this one is mine. Keep in mind I broke the original one last week and they replaced it with another one as it took a flying leap off my night stand. (you have to put it i your open drawer.)
Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:25 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 11:13 PM
Once the doctor writes the order for the machine, I take the order to my VA clinic and have that doctor write a VA order to authorize the VA sleep apnea coordinator to order machine per same order..
I will check to see what type of mask they issue this time. If I don't like it, I will pay for it with a co-payment from the tri-care authorized sleep study lab to get the right one.
This is surely costing the VA some serious money. These machines are not cheap. I am on my second one(broke he other one) and now they going to pay for another one.
A co-pay for tricare is about 400.00 for the machine. I'm smart. I get the VA to pay for it. They already checked the data card when I brought the machine in for replacement last week and I am in compliance. The only check it once after 1 month due to the numbers issued and there is only just one employee in charge of the program.
Since it would be very difficult to get this service connected for this, I thing I will just file a claim for fatigue as stated in my c-file from a VSO. It had a statement Veteran didn't make it clear that he was filing for this. I never filed for this. But what the heck, I see what happens. I have it documented in my service record, all the medications that I am service connected. Watch them state I have been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 11:40 PM
CB, I don't know what VA is going to say when I file my claim for Central SA secondary to my knee medications. Mostly opiates. I kinda got lucky when I show positive evidence that the morphine is the culprit. My first test showed a small amount of SA, and 6 months later my Dr wanted another study done cause I was so fatigued during the day. Plus I just started taking the morphine shortly after the first test. The results came back as super severe CSA. So VA can't say it wasn't the morphine when I have the proof it was.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:03 AM
What kind of machine did you get? I thought they ran around 1400.00. As the VA has a contract, they get them much cheaper. Just like hearing aids.
My wife couldn't handle this crap. She moved on out to another room.. It was like sleeping next to a monster in bed with a mask, hoses, noises from the machine, and me getting up every 2 hours with my failed prostate surgery. You disconnect the hose, so all you hear is air blowing out-whow.. No wonder my relative doesn't let his wife use the machine. I think they would be divorced.
I wonder if I can get this service connected to something?
Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:20 AM
Do you have PTSD, snoring problems, what did the Dr say is causing yours?
Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:01 AM
I need a BIPAP machine not a cpap machine this time! My chest always hurts with chest pain and breathing problems cause the CPAC doesn't ventilate-just keeps forcing air in-has to go somewhere. So it goes down my stomach, makes me bloated, crap all day,ect
Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:23 AM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:22 AM
CB..I think the BIPAP is what I'm using. Btter get it from the VA cause it's really expensive. About 10 Grand.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 05:33 PM
I did apply for benefits about 15 months ago. I provided the VA with the MEB/PEB results. It stated that I could finish my last 6 months of my 6 year enlistment with a C Code (could only serve in state side locations) but that it was recommended I could not reenlist with OSA.
I think my biggest mistake was getting honorable discharged with no rating from the VA. I let it go since 2006 I think that has hurt my case.
Anyway I went for my sleep study at a civilian hospital. I watched all these videos about OSA. The tech hook up the monitor then asked if I thought I had OSA. I said hell no! Well I fell asleep very easily as I can sleep anywhere.
In a couple of hours the tech was waking me up putting on the MASK. It was all down hill from there. The doc decided I need a MEB/PEB this if after I had a mishap on duty leading to me bulging my C-4, C-5 and C-7 which the doc said it should cause no pain and would not require a MEB/PEB. Anyway that has been my experience.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 07:49 PM
Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:03 AM
I already talked to the civilian who issued the cpap machine a few weeks ago. I just need another doctors order. he said it is quite comeon to be issued one machine, and if it doesn't work another is prescribed. I thought the regular one was about 1400.00. And as the VA buys these in bulk, I bet they get it much cheaper.
I finished my 2nd sleep study the other night. I was fitted with a full mask that much more comfortable. I only got up 3 times for the bathroom-every 2/1/2 hours getting a little less.
I wonder if I will have a problem with the VA doctor writing another order again? Keep in mind I haven't an actual VA appointment in over one year now, another than trips to the emergency room. They are so back up-6 months for a regular appointment if you can get them to give you one.
Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:59 AM
10,000 seems to be a bit high, the machine that the VA gave me last year goes for about $930 on the internet, Mine's set up as an APAP, which is the same as a CPAP except instead of being set for one pressure it's set for a range, mine's set for 7 to 14.
Posted 26 May 2012 - 01:41 PM
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 11:31 AM
Now I am waiting for the results to give to the VA so I can have this machine. Perhaps my wife can use the other machine!
Posted 28 May 2012 - 11:56 AM
I looked online at cpapsupplyusa.com the bipap runs anywhere from $954 to 5300 depending on the machine whereas the cpap and apap runs between $400 and 1000 depending on the machine. I believe that the APAP and Cpap machines are the same just setup differently.
I remember a discussion several months ago about central apnea and I had done some research online and found that it was treated with the ASV but I hadn't realized that it was that expensive.
Posted 28 May 2012 - 09:55 PM
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:15 AM
I got my Cpap several years ago and had lots of problems.I still have some problems. However at least now I don't jump out of the bed gasping for breath.That is a scary situration.
I have heard stories of people dying in their sleep. That is enough of a reason for me to endure any problems that the Cpap could cause.
I had a colonoscopy recently and the VA made me use my Cpap during the procedure. So the Cpap is pretty important to me.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 09:23 AM
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:31 PM
Itsn't a bpac more expensive than a regular one. My VA keeps these in stock!
Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:13 PM