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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
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
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
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
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Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Just found they have a Facebook for the REMedy event, 1st Class Sleep REMedy Wellness Health Fair."
Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Reminder: REMedy event is this Saturday, 10 am to 2pm.  Topics include: Nutrition and Weight Management with Sarah Kelly, Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea with Drs. Rena Vakay & Lara…"
Sep 25
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"September 1, 2014 My apologies to Sleep Guide for not participating in a long time. In January 2012 I started classes at the local community college (my husband is an instructor there, and my tuition is refunded when my grades are above a C. My…"
Sep 1
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Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea/osteoporosis study finds “increased” health riskA recently published study may have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and osteoporosis, marking yet another health…See More
Aug 23
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Jul 28
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Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
DOES ANYONE HAVE A CHRONIC COUGH THAT DOCTORS CAN'T DIAGNOSE, OR THEY SAID MAYBE IT IS CHRONIC BRONCHITIS, ASTHMA, OR SOMETHING ELSE, BUT HAVE BEEN ON MEDICINES AND THEY DIDN'T WORK? SO THEY DON'T KNOW WHY YOU COUGH. DID YOU GET DIAGNOSED HAVING THE COUGH BECAUSE YOU HAVE SLEEP APNEA? ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE GREAT.

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Are you on any blood pressure meds? Post nasal drip? Smoke? Work history? Allergies?

Lots of variables can cause chronic cough. I have to be careful with my blood pressure meds as certain ones give me a chronic cough. I, also, have severe allergies, post nasal drip, am around 2nd hand smoke, have asthma, etc.

I have not heard of sleep apnea causing a chronic cough, but think it would be possible that throat irritants that inflame the throat tissue and make it swell would impact sleep apnea due to that swelling. In other words the throat inflamation would worsen the sleep apnea -- but the sleep apnea was not caused by the chough.
Ask your doctor about using an inhaler for the cough. I've had chronic coughs in the past and have been prescribed inhalers after a few weeks when they didn't go away. They worked really well.
Doctors have said all of these, and I have been all kinds of medicine. I don't have high blood pressure. Thanks. I am still investigating.
Rhonda

sleepycarol said:
Are you on any blood pressure meds? Post nasal drip? Smoke? Work history? Allergies?

Lots of variables can cause chronic cough. I have to be careful with my blood pressure meds as certain ones give me a chronic cough. I, also, have severe allergies, post nasal drip, am around 2nd hand smoke, have asthma, etc.

I have not heard of sleep apnea causing a chronic cough, but think it would be possible that throat irritants that inflame the throat tissue and make it swell would impact sleep apnea due to that swelling. In other words the throat inflamation would worsen the sleep apnea -- but the sleep apnea was not caused by the chough.
I have had all kinds of inhalers, the medicines I am on help. If I didn't take meds. I would be choking all the times instead of coughing. Thanks.
Rhonda

Mike said:
Ask your doctor about using an inhaler for the cough. I've had chronic coughs in the past and have been prescribed inhalers after a few weeks when they didn't go away. They worked really well.
YESS!!! I was lucky enough to find out that my chronic cough had absolutely nothing to do with my respiratory system.

I was going in for a pre-surgery EKG, and the nurse administering the test recognized my cough as being symptomatic of GERD...Gastro-Intestinal Reflux Disease. My stomach acids were irritating my esophagus, causing the coughing.

She had worked in a GI's office, and she said there was a 'certain sound' that seperated this particular 'type' of cough from others.. I had no 'heartburn' or other stomach symptoms.

Once I started on some GERD meds, the cough went away! I'm on daily Prilosec now, but was on some other meds before (sorry, don't remember the names). GERD is most apparent while lying down, so most noticeable while 'trying' to sleep!

This may not be your problem, but it's worth checking into.

~Maggie
by the way, I know that GERD and sleep apnea often go hand in hand. i don't understand the physiology of it yet, but have heard from many about the correlation. bet other members will know what's up on this. i'll start a stand alone thread on GERD and sleep apnea.

Maggie Jay said:
YESS!!! I was lucky enough to find out that my chronic cough had absolutely nothing to do with my respiratory system.

I was going in for a pre-surgery EKG, and the nurse administering the test recognized my cough as being symptomatic of GERD...Gastro-Intestinal Reflux Disease. My stomach acids were irritating my esophagus, causing the coughing.

She had worked in a GI's office, and she said there was a 'certain sound' that seperated this particular 'type' of cough from others.. I had no 'heartburn' or other stomach symptoms.

Once I started on some GERD meds, the cough went away! I'm on daily Prilosec now, but was on some other meds before (sorry, don't remember the names). GERD is most apparent while lying down, so most noticeable while 'trying' to sleep!

This may not be your problem, but it's worth checking into.

~Maggie
I have asthma, although it's not as severe as they show it in movies. Mostly it's just a nagging cough, especially when I'm exposed to allergens like dust, mold, pets, or smoke. I have found out that asthma is aggravated by hearburn/reflux though, and so have to keep my heartburn under strict control to help too.

I have been on albuterol inhalers for emergencies (although an emergency for me is just that I'm coughing, not like I'm dying or something) and I've been on Advair for maintenace a few times. That helped me out when I was in an environment full of allergens (a dusty, moldy house full of cats).

As far as connection to my sleep apnea, none has been suggested to me, although I would say that both my asthma and my sleep apnea probably contribute to my crappy lung capacity.
I have taken Allegra for several years, and at times have to stop for a week or so as it will make me cough, and also give me back pain..was at my wits end with the muscle pain in my back, finally started reading up on my meds, and saw these were both side effects of Allegra..a few days off took care of it, also only take 1/2 tablet if I am not having allergy problems..
This has happened 3-4 times since I have been on the Allegra, but it works so well, I'm willing to accept it..
Brilliant minds think alike. But MaggieJay beat me to the punch. Silent reflux was my first thought once sinus drip had been ruled out.
my son has asthma and when i was bringing him up as a male single parent i would treat his cough this way
first i would give water for immediate relief second his medication from the doctors and third honey to make the benefits last longer
My cough is asthma. Not a "typical" symptom of asthma. The inhaler works to stop my cough. I also have GERD, which can cause coughing. My doc said that it is all related. You have OSA so you can't breathe so you strain to breathe which causes the stomach acids to be pulled up into the esophagus, then the acids get into the lungs which cause asthma. Good luck in finding out the cause of your coughing.
I was diagnosed with acid reflux, they thought that was why I was coughing, had the operation. I stopped for a few, then back to coughing.

Judy said:
Brilliant minds think alike. But MaggieJay beat me to the punch. Silent reflux was my first thought once sinus drip had been ruled out.

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