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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:  http://zyppah.com/ 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
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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
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
i have been diagnosed with mild-moderate apnea. unable to use cpap, scheduled for surgery in june. but my question is this: is anxiety/depression a normal symptom of apnea or is someone experiencing this as well? does it improve after surgery? i know everyone is different but just would like some input if anyone can. thanks

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Hi Jeannie,
While I didn't suffer from diagnosed depression prior to *PAP treatment, it would only seem reasonable to assume one would. The severity would vary with the individual.

Your body is suffering from sleep deprivation, which results in all kinds of stresses being placed on the normal bodily functions. This is but one of the severe side effects of sleep apnea, which could lead to death.

The fact that your system can't properly rest along with external stresses, just compound the situation resulting in a vicious cycle, which continually escalates. Your mind is constantly running in different directions.

I am interested in hearing why *PAP failed with you.

Does it improve post surgical? You can do nothing but hope and pray. If it relieves the ill effects you are currently suffering, I would say you should see a reduction in the anxiety level. Sleep does relieve stress.

A positive mind set going into the procedure will assist you in handling the stresses. Talking with other helps calm the nervousness you are suffering. Handle one crisis at a time.

Everyone here has an ear to lend and a shoulder to cry on. We might even throw our 2 cents worth in to help.

Please keep us updated. You experiences always help someone else who may be walking the same path.
Dan Lyons said:
Hi Jeannie,
While I didn't suffer from diagnosed depression prior to *PAP treatment, it would only seem reasonable to assume one would. The severity would vary with the individual.

Your body is suffering from sleep deprivation, which results in all kinds of stresses being placed on the normal bodily functions. This is but one of the severe side effects of sleep apnea, which could lead to death.

The fact that your system can't properly rest along with external stresses, just compound the situation resulting in a vicious cycle, which continually escalates. Your mind is constantly running in different directions.

I am interested in hearing why *PAP failed with you.

Does it improve post surgical? You can do nothing but hope and pray. If it relieves the ill effects you are currently suffering, I would say you should see a reduction in the anxiety level. Sleep does relieve stress.

A positive mind set going into the procedure will assist you in handling the stresses. Talking with other helps calm the nervousness you are suffering. Handle one crisis at a time.

Everyone here has an ear to lend and a shoulder to cry on. We might even throw our 2 cents worth in to help.

Please keep us updated. You experiences always help someone else who may be walking the same path.
Hey Dan, thanks for the input. I was never able to use the CPAP because I felt like I was smothering rather than getting more air. I tried different masks and nose pieces, but just was never good with any of it. I'm not anxious to have surgery by any means, I only want to rest. I've been battling with this for a number of years now and it only seems to be getting worse. Both my doctors have explained the post surgery, but I just can't go on like this any more.
Jeannie, anxiety and depression are all too common with sleep apnea. have you seen this article on the connection between sleep apnea and depression?

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