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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
Kay Day left a comment for Kay Day
"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
Mary Z posted a discussion

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. More
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion
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

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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