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99 replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"Hi Richard I mainly use an empty humidifier as it reduces noise"
Feb 16
richard graham left a comment for richard graham
"When I can afford it I'd like to get New machine with heated tube"
Feb 10
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"I would like to see this forum active again as well. I will be more aware of what's going on"
Feb 10
ZolliStar posted a discussion

If you have trouble falling asleep....

I thought that when I got my sleep apnea diagnosis, that -- at last! -- all my sleep problems had come to an end.Ha!I have trouble falling asleep. Indeed, I rarely feel sleepy at night although I do feel tired. I even cut back on computer at night, etc., etc. (and installed f.lux on my computer) but I still had trouble. Now I'm doing something different: wearing special glasses (Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear glasses). They block out the blue -- and they're making a difference! First I tried…See More
Feb 1
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"i have purchased some silver the make my own colloidal silver"
Dec 21, 2014
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"just add to the distilled water it is antimicrobial eg cleans your machine and is beneficial for keeping you healthy  from bugs germs viruses you get the picture and when you need to clean the humidifier out, put water on your plants the silver…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"If the heated tube works with your machine I would try that.  They also make covers for your tubing which may help some.  I think the heated tube may be your answer.  Keep us posted."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Richard, some folks just use the humidifier in a Passover mode.  They just don't turn it on, but let the air pick up moisture without heat."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"99, where have you been?  Do you add the colloidal silver to your humidifier?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"I Andy, I realize I'm months behind your post.  I have no idea why your S8 would stoop collecting data.  I'm glad to hear  you're having such improvement with your apnea.  I have made great strides since I changed…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?
"Andy, just found your post.  I don't know anything about this new machine.  How are you liking your new ResMed?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for Kay Day
"Kay, I haven't been around myself and miss the old, active forum."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Hi Richard,  I don't bother with a humidifier.  Someone on the forum suggested not using it and I'm a lot less congested without it.  A good AHI is under 5.  I use the Wisp and have been since it came out.  I think…"
Dec 21, 2014
hifay replied to Mary Z's discussion Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis
"Always something. Thanks for the information."
Dec 21, 2014
99 posted a discussion

colloidal silver

a humidifier can be used with colloidal silverthis can keep the humidifier clean for day maybe weeks or longer without the need to clean the humidifiersilver colloidal is antimicrobial and you could just top up your humidifier without cleaning and at the same time treat your bodyor you just put silver on it own into the humidifierSee More
Dec 20, 2014
richard graham posted a status
"I feel like the humidifier is making me feel yucky and I'm waking up hacking and having to clear my throat a lot for a while."
Nov 3, 2014
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2, 2014
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
Sep 29, 2014
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
Sep 29, 2014
Oscar Lemus updated their profile
Sep 25, 2014
Sorry to be so crude but sometimes after using my CPAP mask I wake up and start burping and farting for hours, as if the machine has filled my stomach with air. OK I'm pretty sure that's what happens but why is that happening? Something's wrong surely?

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Ask away. :) No, I didn't have this issue before. In fact, on 2 nights I went without my C-Pap and didn't have any issues (just to be sure).

TorontoCPAPguy said:
Hate to ask, but did you burp and fart for hours BEFORE you started CPAP therapy?
This happens to me. I just figure it is a sign the mask is staying on. It is happening less with time. It is just from swallowing air I think and with the extra pressure the esophagus maybe stays open?
Wow !! I have to say that I never had this problem until about 3 months ago. Only, I am waking up at 2-3 am and my stomach is distended, it truly looks like someone blew a balloon up in there and my whole body is full of air !! I have stopped using my bipap because of it. I think my body has changed and my pressure is too high ( this is a self diagnosis ). But, I did tell my dr about it and he didn't want to do another sleep study although my last one was last year, and he did not want to change my pressure "at this time"..... so we shall see !!! but keep me posted !
Aerophagia is the medical term for this. Bilevel, FLEX or EPR, full face mask etc.. are all trouble-shooting techniques. It does happen & often goes away naturally, but sometimes it seems to be worse in smaller framed people.....
I got this also when my pressure was increased after titration. The idiot DME had decided in all her wisdom to set the EPR to #1 level (Expiratory Pressure Relief - available on Resmed machines......I don't know if the equivalent is available on the other manufacturer's CPAPs). So I expereinced this for quite some time, not knowing what caused it or how to correct it, since my DME lacked the knowledge AND THE INCLINATION TO SEEK THE KNOWLEDGE TO HELP A CLIENT ! Finally, I decided to use logic, thinking if air is going to the stomach causing bloating and farts (and it was also gathering in my cheeks at times......what I nicknamed the "Chipmunk Syndrome") then it means there is too much excess air getting backed up and not released through the vents (I have a full face mask with vents). So I must be having trouble exhaling enough air against the continuous air pressure of the air coming in from the hose/machine. Access to the adjust EPR is usually allowed in the patient menu........so I adjusted my pressure to #2 (a bit of difference but not enough) and then to #3 and voila.........problem fixed. I was able to exhale more fully, then when I inhaled the air did not go to places other than my lungs. Perhaps this will work for you too. I also believe that I read somewhere that the belching/farting problem can also be worsened by certain masks, but can't recall. Hope the EPR thing is available to you and that adjusting it proves to be effective in eliminating the problem. If not the other support forum is apneasupport followed dot com (can't type it out fully here, as links are not allowed I believe). There is a VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE PERSON who will pop up to answer that and other questions for newbies.......username "Crohnie-Too" I have received a LOT of help from him/her and from "Jessy 49" on that forum.
Good Luck.......let us know if the above suggestion works for you.
Do you know why it would be worse on smaller framed people? I guess that would be me.

Angela D. said:
Aerophagia is the medical term for this. Bilevel, FLEX or EPR, full face mask etc.. are all trouble-shooting techniques. It does happen & often goes away naturally, but sometimes it seems to be worse in smaller framed people.....
Distended? Me too. Feel like I'm pregnant sometimes.

kim smith said:
Wow !! I have to say that I never had this problem until about 3 months ago. Only, I am waking up at 2-3 am and my stomach is distended, it truly looks like someone blew a balloon up in there and my whole body is full of air !! I have stopped using my bipap because of it. I think my body has changed and my pressure is too high ( this is a self diagnosis ). But, I did tell my dr about it and he didn't want to do another sleep study although my last one was last year, and he did not want to change my pressure "at this time"..... so we shall see !!! but keep me posted !
D. W. How come I have to pull out the dictionary every time I read one of your posts? LOL.
Luckily I have never had these problems associated with CPAP. Eructation.

D. W. Conn said:
Eructation and excessive morning flatus can be symptoms of other issues regardless of using nPAP. If it continues more than a few weeks contact your Healthcare provider.
Ah, you must be a mouth breather. I use a Mirage Quattro full-face mask and after almost one year on CPAP, I still wake up burping and having flatulence. Did I have this problem before CPAP, the answer is No. But, of course, I wasn't sleeping because of the repeated apnea episodes so I figured this is a trade-off!

The burping, etc. actually did get better for me and sometimes I don't even realize when I wake up that I burp so it must be sporadic. At times, it seems to be the first thing I do after I take the mask off and then stand up.

I could not tolerate the type of mask that covered only my nose/nostrils. I would wake up gasping for air because I would try breathing through my mouth and that's a no-no with the other type of mask. So, I'm stuck with the full-face.

Now, if someone could only tell me how to get rid of the deep indentations in my cheeks when I take the mask off, that would be appreciated!

Hang in there, it does get better.
Have not noticed anything like that.
just lucky?
I'd like to know how to get rid of the indentations in my face too!

Mary T said:
Ah, you must be a mouth breather. I use a Mirage Quattro full-face mask and after almost one year on CPAP, I still wake up burping and having flatulence. Did I have this problem before CPAP, the answer is No. But, of course, I wasn't sleeping because of the repeated apnea episodes so I figured this is a trade-off!

The burping, etc. actually did get better for me and sometimes I don't even realize when I wake up that I burp so it must be sporadic. At times, it seems to be the first thing I do after I take the mask off and then stand up.

I could not tolerate the type of mask that covered only my nose/nostrils. I would wake up gasping for air because I would try breathing through my mouth and that's a no-no with the other type of mask. So, I'm stuck with the full-face.

Now, if someone could only tell me how to get rid of the deep indentations in my cheeks when I take the mask off, that would be appreciated!

Hang in there, it does get better.
If you are worried about the smell, this can be treated. You have a lot of "bad bugs" in your digestive system. Take 3 acidophilis a day until the smell improves. If the flora in your gut the right kind your gas is virtually non smelling.

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