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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.  "
Sunday
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. "
Sunday
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
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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