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Leaky gut

Do you have a leaky gutHow would you knowA telltale sign for leaky gut is Athletes footI wish to ask do you have or suffer from itThe reason I ask is maybe this is a common denominatorJust text yes or text noAnd if you are the first to text also keep a tallyExample38 yes 0 noYour input would alter the tally39 yes 0 noSo now I will input first1 yes. 0 noSee More
Sep 26
richard graham posted a status
"For the first time in a while I got a whole night sleep with my machine but woke up beat and left side of my head feels weird, not sure if"
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Brendan Duffy posted a status
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Jul 9
Pat Kniel updated their profile
Jul 7
ZolliStar replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
"I'm wondering: what prompted you to consider whether you have sleep apnea in the first place? Also, waking throughout the night isn't uncommon especially as we (*sigh*) age.  I seem to every 90 minutes or so. This pattern probably…"
Jun 27
ZolliStar replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"You can try this website: I have a MAD (mandibular advancement device). Dr. Steven Park evaluated my mouth and throat (not everyone can use a MAD, it turns out) and pronounced me a candidate for it. The truth?  I…"
Jun 27
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"The link didn't work so me so I couldn't see the product.  I do have experience with a supposedly reliable boil and bite device.  I should know by now I have a small mouth and nothing regular size fits.  I don't think…"
Jun 27
richard graham replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"If I thought something could work other than this lousy cpap that would be awesome"
May 22
richard graham posted a status
"I moved and have been sick a lot and can't use cpap because of cough and I'm depressed a lot"
Apr 26
Fred posted a discussion

CPAP - cure worse than the disease

It's ironic that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2000, I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night. If I did wake up during the night, I had no problem falling right back to sleep, and I wasn't tired during the day.From the first night I brought home the CPAP I haven't had one decent night's sleep. Not one. I don't have any problem falling asleep, but I can't stay asleep. At first I was waking up after 4-5 hours and couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now it's more like…See More
Apr 13
Fred updated their profile
Apr 13
ZolliStar posted a discussion

New mouth device on the market

I've been hearing advertising for this product over the past few days.  It's sold as something to help snoring, but as I look at the information it seems to me that it would work just as well as my mandibular advancement device (MAD).In other words, this could help some of us with sleep apnea.Read about it here.Anybody have any thoughts about this?  See More
Mar 31
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

CPAP Compliance Better When Titrations Include Sedatives

If you are administered sedatives during your titration sleep study, you have a better shot at long-term compliance after the study, a new study shows... thought this was of interest:

by David Douglas

Last Updated: 2009-11-16 16:34:05 -0400 (Reuters Health)

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Giving sedatives during continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) titration will improve patients' subsequent compliance, researchers report in the November issue of Chest.

"Obstructive sleep apnea is becoming increasingly prevalent," lead investigator Dr. Christopher J. Lettieri told Reuters Health. "CPAP remains the treatment of choice for most patients. Unfortunately many people are intolerant of CPAP initially because they find it uncomfortable or because they have a difficult time falling asleep with it on."

"Once they become accustomed to CPAP," he added, "their adherence is typically very good. However, many people discontinue the use of CPAP early on and never get to this point."

Dr. Lettieri and his colleagues at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC randomized 117 patients to receive a 2-week course of 3 mg of eszopiclone or placebo during CPAP titration. Ninety-eight patients completed the study.

Eszopiclone produced significant improvements in mean sleep efficiency, total sleep time and the number of residual obstructive events seen at the final CPAP titration, compared to placebo.

Over the first 4 to 6 weeks, the active-treatment group showed significantly better compliance. They used CPAP on a higher percentage of nights (75.9% versus 60.1%) and for more hours per night (4.8 versus 3.9 hours).

Intent-to-treat analysis, which assumed that subjects who did not return for follow-up did not use CPAP at all, still showed a tendency toward greater compliance in the premedication group.

"Not only did they use it more, but less of them discontinued CPAP," Dr. Lettieri said.

"Given the prevalence of sleep apnea and the common difficulties patients have with CPAP, this and other interventions aimed at improving the initial experience with CPAP may help improve adherence," he concluded.

Chest 2009;136:1263-1268.
Copyright Reuters 2009.

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What I have trouble understanding is why in this day and age w/computers in so many homes and computer use required on so many jobs and therefore so many computer literate people in this country rather than getting anxious and in a twit when a sleep study is suggested or they have completed their sleep evaluation PSG and are awaiting their titration PSG WHY they don't get on the computer and look up OSA and polysomnography and end up in these forums and relieve so much of their anxiety.

My husband is one of "those" people who just does what the doctor says and doesn't question anything and drives me up a wall!!! I do NOT understand people so willnig and content to be so darn IGNORANT of their health condtions and treatment!!!!! My husband has a saying about some people: "He may not be dumb, but he sure is STUIPD!" meaning the person is educated, normal intelligence, etc., etc. but doesn't use his smarts and makes absolutely asinine decisions and mistakes. My husband is NOT dumb - but - when it comes to his medical care he is absolutely STUPID!!!!
This point may be supported
by research demonstrating that an increase in sleep efficiency
(SE) during CPAP titration compared to the diagnostic night
was found to be the only significant predictor of objectively
measured CPAP adherence after controlling for indices of OSA
severity and sleep quality during the diagnostic night. Specifically,
patients who had their SE increase used their machines an
average of 2 hours more per night than those who did not have
their SE increase.
I totally agree Judy.

I know there are several others that have sleep apnea where I teach. I have learned not to discuss it with them cause NOT one can tell you which machine they use, what their pressure is, etc. let alone monitor their therapy. It drives me nuts. How can they not care?
Ahh, SleepyCarol. Our local support group meetings ..... I honestly do NOT know WHY a good number of the members come to the meetings!!! Talk about not knowin' nuttin'!!!

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