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ZolliStar posted a discussion
Sunday
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
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I've been doing well.  I think you were going to try the cpap without humidity- did that help at all?  I haven't had a cold for a couple of years."
May 14
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"CPAP seems to cause stuffiness in many of us.  ANother reason I hate it so much!Do you rinse your nose with saline once a day…maybe before you go to bed for the night? "
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do wake up stuffed up most days"
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do have non allergic rhinitis. Now I'm thinking that's probably it because I only feel that way for a day or 2. Thank you"
May 4
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I have been lucky.  Not one cold past three years. Could some of your problem be allergies?"
May 4
richard graham posted a discussion

sick again

It seems like I am sick with colds more often when I'm on the CPAP. Anybody experience that.
Apr 30
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.  "
Apr 20
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. "
Apr 20
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13
I have been using a CPAP machine now for a year and a half and have noticed a lot more drainage from my ears than normal.  My ears have always had some drainage due to some sinus problems and allergies(however, have never had to take meds for them that much)  However, since using the CPAP machine, my right ear,which is the side I sleep on most of the time, drains to the point of stopping up everynight which wakes me up.  I have found the lower strap that goes below the ear seems to be putting pressure below my ear to the point of keeping it from draining or causing it to collect and not drain.  I wonder if this is a problem with anyone else and if so, what can be done.  I am at the point of an ear ache at this time.  Besides that, CPAP has changed my life.  A lot better sleep and more energy than I have had in years.

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Scott, glad to hear it's better, but sorry about the ear drainage. You could be right about the strap causing lack of drainage. Can you switch to another mask with a different strap configuration?
Mary Z.
That's very interesting, although I'm sorry you're having problems with your ears, Scott. In the beginning, that being about five weeks ago since it took so long to find a mask that would work for me, I would feel a fullness in my right ear every time I put on the mask and started the machine. Interestingly, that's not happening on a nightly basis any more. Since I have had problems with my sinuses for time infinitum I just kind of ignored it.

Do you take any kind of decongestant during the day, such as Pseudafed? That might cut down on the drainage. You'd want to take it during the day, though, and not too close to bedtime because it might keep you awake. Just an idea...I'm no doctor.

Good luck!

Kathy
Couple of ?s for you Scott. Did you have (or do you currently have) tubes in either ear (s) due to chonic infections? Are you using a humidifier. I would lean towards (I'm not a MD by the way, just a sleep tech) the strap location being and issue given the information so far. Keep us informed.
Walt
I have never had tubes in my ears. I am using a humidifier. My right ear has always seemed to give me more problems than my left ear. However, it is not a chronic problem. Just seems when I do get a ear ache, it hits the right more than the left. I do have some sinus problems every now and then, but it is usually affected by the weather. I hate taking medicine. I do find that moving the earstrap up to where it is halfway across the ear opening takes some pressure off and allows it to seem to drain a little. Is there any mask that you all may recommend. Thanks so much for responding thus far. I will continue using my CPAP even though it seems to aggravate my ears. The sleep is more valuable for me than the little pain I am getting from the ear.
Don't know what type of mask you're using now....but...they do make some nasal pillow masks that might give you less ear discomfort. Personally think nasal pillows are one of those love it or hate it type things. I have found that in regards to nasal pillows the ResMed Swift FX Nasal Pillow Mask seems to be the most popular one we offer.
Personally, I'd see an ENT to see if there is anything that can be done regarding the sinuses and the ear(s). Our hearing is too precious to risk losing or damaging.

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