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New sufferer with questions about O2

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This horror hit me 9 days ago, with 6 attacks in that time lasting 6 hours (of level 10 agony) the first time with them getting shorter each time, the last was about 45 minutes.  Then it's the 8-16 hour long burn come down to level 4-5 that I can at least tolerate.  I've had MRI and CT scans and am working to get in with a neurologist soon (in 4 days).  I've started the D3 regimen (last night) and am now working out what I need for oxygen.

I've already ordered a non-rebreather mask from Amazon and am about to start calling local welding shops - but I don't wanna sound like I don't know what I'm talking about when I call, so I need advice on what to ask for.  Also my biggest question is what's needed to connect the tank to the mask I ordered (said it was standard)?  I assume the terminals are different between welding and medical and I'll need something.

I looked to try to find some kind of guide but couldn't  (if that doesn't exist I'll be creating when I know enough).

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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There are medical regulators that fit welding tanks. Amazon has them. They screw on. I want to say cg540 attachment I could be wrong. There are 2 types you don't want the kind with 2 pins and a compression screw. You want the one with a big nut on the end.

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Rod right now you are my HERO.  Should I order that regulator or can it be sourced locally?  Any thoughts on tank cost?  And if it's like propane will they sell me the first full tank then swap for just the O2 in it later (again like propane)?

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A new tank is around  $150 empty depending on size. Ive found a few old ones for way less. Last time I swapped one it was $40 at napa. Try Craigslist and garage sales. For used ones.

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My best advise would be make friends with a local welder. They will know where what who and why for your area. I have medical o2 that is my 1st line of defense the welding tanks are my 2nd.

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I've found a few medical tanks on Craigslist but I'm guessing those won't do me much good as I won't be able to swap/fill them, yes?  If I don't have a script and go the welding route I need to go with welding tanks so I can swap them, right?

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