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Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
9 hours ago
Clueless in Redwood Shores replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"I had it on the same outpatient basis.  Much pain, no long term gain.  I did not have the annual repetition - that might or might not have made the difference. "
11 hours ago
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Glad to hear it's working, Richard."
Apr 11
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"The chin strap is helping. Been having better sleep. Thanks Ginny and Mary for your help"
Apr 11
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Thanks, Mary~  Fingers are crossed.  My pressure is one point lower than when I began (7) and AHI is some lower (7 day average).  I am anxious about sleep study as I have not slept without CPAP in 2.5 years!   "
Apr 6
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Good job, Ginny Hope the sleep study shows some good results."
Apr 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Last procedure done!  This time he gave me meds to take before so less anxiety while waiting!  For the first time I was able to eat normal food on the way home after the procedure.  No pain after 12 hours.  If it only works.…"
Apr 5
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Some folks run their humidifiers in passover mode- not turning on the heat just letting the air blow over the water.  That would not give any heat though. "
Apr 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Interesting, I actually feel a little better when I don't use the humidifier, but the humidifier helps with sinuses. The cold air stuff's me up. Gonna try running heat and a nasal spray"
Apr 4
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Good luck with it- let us know how you do, Richard."
Apr 4
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I just picked up a new chin strap and will use it with my ultra mirage."
Apr 4
richard graham posted a discussion

nasal sprays

Just wanting some suggestions for some good nasal sprays to dry up sinusus. Thank you
Apr 3
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Thanks Mary"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I have both.  I use the chin strap with my Wisp and I also have a FFM if I choose to use that one. I'm a mouth breather.  I find nasal masks are easier to fit without leaks"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Nasacort is now available without a prescription.  I personally use Afrin on the rare nights I need it for being stuffed up."
Apr 3
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Mary, do you recommend a good nasal spray?"
Apr 2
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Wondering if mouth breathers do better with FFM"
Apr 2
richard graham posted a discussion

mouth breathing

I'm a mouth breather, and am wondering weather to get a chin strap or affm
Apr 2
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I've been thinking about trying a nasal spray. Thanks that's useful info."
Apr 2

What was the last straw or deciding factor that made you decide to seek treatment? Perhaps we could use this information to encourage others with sleep apnea to stop avoiding treatment and to seek help. 

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i was continually tired and it took about thirty years for a diagnoses 

After being diagnosed with Depression(instead of Sleep Apnea)and after the continual uping of antidepressants and sleeping pills with no effect, I was at my wits ends. I alway knew I had a sleep problem since I was a baby but no one put two and two together to make four. When it got to the stage that I was getting 1-2 hours non quality sleep and going to work still drugged up, that was the last straw. Apart from all that, I felt I wasn't far away from dying probably from a heart attack. Sometimes you have to take things into your own hands. Good Discussion Janna and welcome.

There were several straws, actually.  I woke up feeling exhausted each morning, kept falling asleep sitting up during the day,felt as though I was in a fog, and couldn't think straight.  It got worse and worse over the course of a year or so, and I thought I was losing my mind... until my family physician referred me to a sleep clinic.  I will always be grateful to that doctor for recognizing symptoms of sleep apnea.  Life is 100% better now!

Wow! Sounds exactly like my case. Exact same scenario. My Docs kept telling me my sleep apnea was caused because I'm overweight. I wasn't overweight when I was snoring at the age of two. Well, now there is a growing realization that sleep apnea CAUSES weight gain. A person gets so exhausted from lack of energy from lack of quality sleep - they look to other sources ( food ) to attempt to bolster their energy levels. Good luck!

I went to many, many doctors trying to find out why I was so weary and tired.

I did have a serious candida problem. A decade ago I found an alternative doctor who recognized many of my symptoms and put me on a candida diet. I was on it for one year. Even my alternative doctor was amazed that I was so completely faithful to the regime of no sugar which meant not even eating high-sugar content vegetables. My diet was limited to fish, meat, (low-sugar content) vegetables, olive oil (no butter), and eggs. For the nutrients I was missing, I was on a regime of vitamins as well as an herbal regime to kill off the excessive candida.

I felt WONDERFUL, lost about 30 pounds (which I needed to lose) but...I still didn't sleep well. The alternative doctor had no suggestions about that problem.

I did the rounds of doctors, not one of whom suggested sleep apnea including the doctors at a sleep disorder clinic! (Sleep Disorders Institute in New York City on West 55th Street). DSI  "treated" me for insomnia, put me on a sleep restriction protocol and gave me all kinds of sleep hygiene tips and tricks. Needless to say, nothing helped. I concluded that if even the "experts" couldn't help me, there was just no answer.

The person who diagnosed me is a friend with whom I shared a hotel room when we attended an out-of-town event. She knew about sleep apnea; she knew I had it.

I went to Sleep Medicine Associates (East 26th Street in New York City) immediately after returning from the trip. The scheduled overnight revealed a severe case of sleep apnea, a condition that should have been diagnosed -- or at least suggested -- by someone decades ago. So much suffering would have been avoided.

I am very grateful to my friend Myra for her diagnosis. She may have literally saved  my life; she has certainly made it much, much better: I'm now awake enough to live it!

And I LOVE my CPAP machine!!!  Love it!!!

My husband told me I was snoring a lot and not breathing continually. He told me to go to the doc. The doc - a GP - actually said I should go to a sleep clinic. He set me to the sleep doc to have it set up. It really helps to have someone else notice.

I had also been given the usual anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs. I kept telling them I'm not anxious per se. I was anxious because I kept waking up in a panic and with a racing heart and high blood pressure. But it wasn't a panic attack like they said; it was from apneas. Sheesh.

I simply became unable to stay awake during the day.  I could not drive.   Would fall asleep in appointments.  Before that I was taking four or five hour naps during the afternoon where I was dead to the world.  I saw my GP who scheduled me for a sleep study and found out I had OSA.

Mine was mild at that time and I was given a choice of CPAP or wait ands see.  I jumped at the chance for CPAP because my sleepiness was ruling my life.  After four years I haven't had great improvement with CPAP so I am preparing for a trial of ASV.

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