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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
My daughter was eating pop rocks on Easter and I casually mentioned to my husband that that's the sound my throat makes when I breath in. I never thought to mention it before. Has anyone else experienced this? I looked it up and it's called Rales, crackles or crepitations. Doesn't sound good.

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How is your overall health? chest pains? are you a smoker? How long has this been going on? Have you recently had bronchitis?
Hi Rock,

I'm in good health, high blood pressure, overweight but working on it. Very slight chest pains, sometimes. Don't smoke (yuck!). I think I've had the crackling for some time now, 3mos? More? I can't really remember. I didn't think it was that important. Don't think I've had bronchitis though I did get very sick with the flu on Valentines day and have been coughing ever since with some yuck coming up. The crackling came before the flu. I went to the doctor for the cough and he said I was fine.. I forgot to mention the crackling at that time. I only notice it when I'm sitting quietly reading at night. My husband said not to worry about it (he used to be a respiratory therapist) and if I went to the doctor again he would just tell me to do deep breathing and use a...can't remember what it is called, it has a little ball in it to encourage you to breathe and to exercise. My husband did say though that he thought it was strange that I had it given that my machine has a pressure of 18/14 and I use my humidifier. I guess that's one of the therapies for rales. What do you think? I'd hate to go to the doctor for nothing. Takes an hour to get there. I also told the doctor that I sometimes have trouble swallowing. Usually on the first or second swallow. Any kind of food or drink it kind of just get's stuck and I have to wait for it to go down. Doc said not to worry about it.
Well I would definately listen to the ex-RT and your Dr. Just keep an eye on it. If it is something that continues to bother you I would go to the Dr. No one knows your body better than you do. I think that as humans we forget the fact that our own bodies will tell us when there is a problem with it.
Thanks Rock,

Guess I'll wait a while and if it doesn't clear I'll go to the doc again.

Rock Hinkle said:
Well I would definately listen to the ex-RT and your Dr. Just keep an eye on it. If it is something that continues to bother you I would go to the Dr. No one knows your body better than you do. I think that as humans we forget the fact that our own bodies will tell us when there is a problem with it.
Doc says it's excess mucus, post nasal drip, caused by allergies but, I don't know. I don't really have too much trouble with allergies and can usually breath through my nose fine at night. I occasionally use a neti pot. I found, while researching some GERD information for a friend, information about another kind of acid reflux called LPR or silent reflux. I have so many of the symptoms. Chronic cough, trouble swallowing, asthma like symptoms, wheezing, post nasal drip.

Just thought people on the forum might like to know about LPR. I don't remember reading about it during the discussions on GERD.
My husband is an ENT. I had the pop-rocks sound in my throat when I go to bed, only when lying down. Had that for quite a while before mentioning that for about a week I had a sensation of really dry, sticky pflegm in my throat and a need to constantly clear my throat and consciously swallow very hard to get rid of it for only a moment. I told him I thought I was having an allergy/hay fever attack because of constantly clearing my throat. My husband instantly said my problem is acid reflux. He started me on the Costco version of Prilosec, about an hour before bed each night. It worked instantly. Comes in a purple box, drug name starts with an "O" - can't remember the whole name and the Costco website is currently down. I take one pill per day. This is a really easy diagnosis - take the pills, if it stops, it's reflux. If it doesn't stop, tell your doctors what you tried and let them figure it out. Personally, I think my husband is a genius.
Sounds right to me. Even though ur nose isn't stuffed up u can def still have a post nasal drip. Neti pot and/or sinus rinse is great. Hypertonic saline spray is great no limit on amount of use. Did the doctor give u allergy meds or nasal spray to treat the post nasal drip? And it's amazing how this can cause reflux when there's too much of a build up. I'm dealing with the same problem was having reflux and found out this was why. If left untreated i have seen it in some cases eventually lead to asthma. Crazy stuff. I work at a pulmonary rehab and sleep lab and it's amazing the things u learn that would never think of otherwise.

bonesigh said:
Doc says it's excess mucus, post nasal drip, caused by allergies but, I don't know. I don't really have too much trouble with allergies and can usually breath through my nose fine at night. I occasionally use a neti pot. I found, while researching some GERD information for a friend, information about another kind of acid reflux called LPR or silent reflux. I have so many of the symptoms. Chronic cough, trouble swallowing, asthma like symptoms, wheezing, post nasal drip.

Just thought people on the forum might like to know about LPR. I don't remember reading about it during the discussions on GERD.
You know it's funny, just after my last post about this in April I started taking Tums before I went to bed and, ta da, cough went away. Thought I'd cured myself. Well here I am again. About 2 weeks after the start of school my 6yr old brought a cold home, I got it too. Wasn't too bad as far as colds go, pretty mild. But, I've been coughing again ever since and have the crackling too. I still take Tums before bed.

My daughter was having problems last year too and we've had her to a lung specialist several times. She coughed for months! No crackling though. We were going to start her on asthma medicine but decided to see how she would be when we went on vacation to California at the beginning of summer. Well guess what, we went on vacation and her coughing went away! Sigh..now she's coughing again too. We just talked to the GP doctor this week because she got the flu. When I told him that she has been coughing again for some weeks now he said, after looking at the lung doc's notes, she is diagnosed with asthma. Mother's intuition...I just don't think it's asthma. Why are we both coughing? Maybe it's mold in the house or something. He said no, you probably have asthma too.

Sigh.........
It wouldnt be Crepitations, unless you had a pnuemothorax (highly doubtful, haha) and were leaking air into your skin....
Its probably nasal drainage or just thick secretions that may be stuck in your upper airway.
First let me ask what testing has been done. Have you had a chest X-ray? Do you have any swelling in your ankles? Do you take any breathing meds? Have you noticed any neck vessel distention? Meaning, are your neck veins more visible? Have you gained any wieght you just can't take off since the flu? Have you had your heart checked?

You mentioned a bad flu right after you started with the crackles. I don't want to throw up a huge concern but.... what you have mentioned leads me to believe that there is a possiblity of pulmonary edema secondary to CHF. If you haven't had any of the aboved mentioned tests then you should. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of Conjestive heart failure. Do yourself a huge favor and take the hour drive.

Neal Buckner, LRCP
Nope no chest Xray. Yes, swelling in ankles. No breathing meds. No to neck vessel distention. No to weight gain. No to having the heart checked. I did talk to the doc about the crackles and he said not to worry. I guess I should insist on a full work up of my heart? I don't know what pulmonary edema or CHF is but I'm sure going to look it up! Thanks.
Tums contain calcium. Calcium stimulates acid production. Take a once-a-day antacid.

bonesigh said:
You know it's funny, just after my last post about this in April I started taking Tums before I went to bed and, ta da, cough went away. Thought I'd cured myself. Well here I am again. About 2 weeks after the start of school my 6yr old brought a cold home, I got it too. Wasn't too bad as far as colds go, pretty mild. But, I've been coughing again ever since and have the crackling too. I still take Tums before bed.

My daughter was having problems last year too and we've had her to a lung specialist several times. She coughed for months! No crackling though. We were going to start her on asthma medicine but decided to see how she would be when we went on vacation to California at the beginning of summer. Well guess what, we went on vacation and her coughing went away! Sigh..now she's coughing again too. We just talked to the GP doctor this week because she got the flu. When I told him that she has been coughing again for some weeks now he said, after looking at the lung doc's notes, she is diagnosed with asthma. Mother's intuition...I just don't think it's asthma. Why are we both coughing? Maybe it's mold in the house or something. He said no, you probably have asthma too.

Sigh.........

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