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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Cpap users?

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Columbia, SC

Nov 26th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Henry, but I've been down that road a few times, trying to stop my snoring. "Theravent" strips worked pretty well for snoring, but did nothing for my other apnea symptoms.


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Nov 26th, 2017 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It will take a bit of time. When I first started, I too could not wear it all the time. Took about two weeks to get used to it. Give it time, be patient and realize you could die without it.




pronounced mish-ka
Nov 26th, 2017 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have to go down that road soon myself. I've known for years that I have a pretty good case of sleep apnea But I couldn't see myself trying to sleep with that contraption on my face. I sleep on the side ...almost on my stomach and apparently on the stomach is the worst possible possible position for your back and for apnea.

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Nov 26th, 2017 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My wife and I both are cpap users. I dreaded it when I first got it . I am used to it now and sleep pretty well these days. I dont use the full face mask, but the one that goes over the nose.

Though I was a heavy snorer , the reason I got the cpap was because the sleep study indicated my breathing stopped frequently at night.

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Nov 26th, 2017 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Make sure the humidifier is working correctly or it dries you out. An ill fitting mask or nasal pillow will leak and drive you nuts. I'd rather have a tighter headgear than put up with leaks. The leaks keep it from sealing pressure in and the whole mess is useless without a decent seal. It takes a while to adjust to that's for sure. It helps if you give yourself more rest time too the machine won't fix help you get more rest by itself.
Snoring is just a symptom the real killer is the apnea itself. I've used a machine since 1996. I'm convinced I would be dead by now without one.

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Nov 26th, 2017 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a CPAP with the nose pillow contraption. I have pretty bad sleep apnea.

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Nov 26th, 2017 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"So frustrating. I used to sleep like a baby."

Apparently you THINK you were sleeping like a baby. If you have apnea events, you are actually partially waking up to resume breathing. You just don't remember it.

I hope you find something what works. I'm not a stomach sleeper, so I have much experience with that. Sometimes with the nasal pillow mask, you might need a chin strap to keep your mouth from falling open.

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Nov 26th, 2017 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve used one for a few years. I prefer the nose/mouth mask since I mouth breathe when I sleep. It takes getting used to but I now hate to be without it. Maybe a night or two a year tops. If you fly it doesn’t count against your luggage count so take it with you if you travel.


Columbia, SC

Nov 27th, 2017 05:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys. I know I've gotta get used to it, and I'm trying. Nice to know I'm not alone!



Nov 27th, 2017 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used CPAP for a few years now, sleep better and feel better. The mask is invasive at first but I got used to it.

The fellow who set me up with the equipment (Resmed) uses it himself. He said the full face mask is actually easier to get used to. And it was for me. What I like about this therapy is the no drugs factor - just a little air.

There is free software Sleepyhead that will read the SD card in the machine and let you monitor the effectiveness of the therapy.

Hang in there



pronounced mish-ka
Nov 27th, 2017 05:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(Excuses for hijacking this thread but I didn't want to start another with the same subject)

What does the sleep-test consist of ? Do you get to use a similar contraption that measures your sleep/breathing habits ? Does this happen over a few days ? I cannot imagine that trying to sleep with a face mask can give a realistic reading of your sleep habits in just one night... it must be hard to sleep normally.


Columbia, SC

Nov 27th, 2017 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The sleep study I did was a home administered kit, sent by a firm after an Rx from my doc. My doc swears by them, and I trust him. Much better than sleep lab, apparently.

One night, that's it. Oxygen type tubes in your nostrils, and a chest belt are all that's necessary. About $250 a pop, IIRC. I did it twice, with similar results each time.

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Westlake, Ohio

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Nov 27th, 2017 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the nasal pillow type with a chin strap to keep my mouth shut. I couldn’t tolerate the full mask and had stopped using the machine for a couple years. I do get a little dry, even with the humidifier. Thanks for the info regarding the software and tha airlines.

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Nov 27th, 2017 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" Just before I got it a friend told me he knew a guy who LOVES his machine, and that he takes it everywhere. He claims he sleeps like a baby."

This describes my wife, she loves hers and she has slept sooooo much better ever since she got it. She doesn't have the full mask, just some sort of mouth/nose piece, and occasionally it gets noisy, I'll hear air hissing out, etc. Usually, all I have to do is change my position, and then for some reason, the air hissing noise stops. Much better than listening to her snore though!
Sorry, I don't have a solution to your problem! She has loved hers pretty much since day 1.

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Bakersfield, CA

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Nov 27th, 2017 09:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been on a CPAP for almost four years IIRC. The sleep study revealed that I had been suffering from severe sleep apnea for many years (decades?). I had reached the point that I caught myself nodding off behind the wheel and knew the location of every Starbucks within 150 miles, just to make it home from my work (which required quite a bit of travel.

At 5' 11" and 175 lbs. I am the opposite of the stereotypical CPAP user. Like budg, I simply frequently quit breathing during the night. This was causing my wife (an RN) so much anxiety that it was affecting her sleep as well. My HMO's (Kaiser) preferred means of sleep study is the take-home test with recorder, chest strap (to record respiration), a nasal canula (to sense air flow), and an oxymeter clipped to my finger. You are almost guaranteed to sleep more naturally in your own bed than wired up in a lab somewhere. First night was wearing the recorder rig only; night two added a CPAP with generic settings.

Results: I woke up after the second night - after using CPAP all night - feeling like I was instantly hooked on heroin! I couldn't wait to get my own machine! Without CPAP my O2 levels dropped so low and so often that I hardly ever reached any deep sleep! With the machine I woke up RESTED!

I initially discovered that I couldn't stand wearing a conventional mask and switched to nasal pillows. Haven't looked back since! I do use a spritz of a generic version of Flonase most nights to keep my passages open. I was bummed at the thought of having to sleep next to a 110V outlet every night until I realized that the power supply drops the voltage to 12V DC. I bought a deep cycle battery at Walmart and cobbled together a power cable - and later added a Harbor Freight solar panel. My machine is rated to 40F and about 7,000 feet of elevation, but it has successfully kept me alive and comfy below 32F and at 10,000+ feet in the Sierras.

Bottom line is don't let it get you down! Approach it with the anticipation that it will improve your life, not limit it!

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(This message was last edited by capnhiho at 11:57 PM, Nov 27th, 2017)

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Nov 28th, 2017 05:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

capnhiho - I too am not overweight but have sleep apnea. My sleep study showed I have a pretty bad case.



pronounced mish-ka
Nov 28th, 2017 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

capnhiho ...you just described me ... right down to size and my wife who's been telling me since we first married, over 40yrs ago, about her concern listening to me sleep at night. You only left out the part about snoring like a bulldozer.
The last 5-10 yrs it has gotten a lot worse, I can fall asleep anytime I sit down too comfortably and I feel lethargic most of the time.
This thread has finally made me want to do something about it.
Thank you all for your replies and information.

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

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Nov 28th, 2017 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had mild sleep apnea for as long as I can remember. I don't suffer from fatigue and the situation improved after I gave up cigs years ago. I have a couple of friends who rely on CPAP machines and they are invaluable to them. As for me, I'm avoiding CPAP machines for now after seeing those guys rig up their machines at hunting camp. Still, very beneficial to those that require them.

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Dec 1st, 2017 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I received some info in my email. FYI, if interested.

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U.S. - Virginia

Dec 1st, 2017 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm very overweight no doubt due in part to appetite inducing antidepressants I have been on for years. I have other risk factors. I knew I had apnea because I would wake up several times a night not having breathed for a minute or so, lungs incredibly painful and burning, sucking air with my heart raging for the next five to ten minutes. Sometimes twenty.

I hated it at first. It actually made my chest feel weird the following day on a permanent basis for a long time. But after 6 months or so, I got used to it. I can't nap without it.

I didn't have any overnight success like many people who claim to feel so much better, but after a year or so, I notice if I don't use it. Which is very rare.

Yea, it sucks. But honestly I'm so used to it I just don't think about it anymore. I still have episodes that are central nervous system in nature, but I guess this is as good as it gets. Good luck to you. Try it for a good long while. You may feel better.

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