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"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…"
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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…"
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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.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
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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…"
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"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"
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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
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hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
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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. "
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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
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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"
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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

After my 2nd week I've become quite hoarse, and its been that way for over two months now.  I used to be an entertainer, singer, and impersonator in my early life, and had quite the vocal range, now.......I could give the guy that says, "Beef, it's what's for Dinner!" a real challenge

 

Anyone else experienced this??

Rregards,

SRB

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My father experienced something similar to you when he first started using his CPAP. He found that he became hoarse (not totally) and his throat always felt a bit dry. It doesn't seem to happen all that often now but he still finds the CPAP machine an annoyance.

 

I also suffer from sleep apnea but haven't needed to use a CPAP machine so I can only speak from the experience of my father.

 

I read a great review on a product that claims to help people with sleep apnea get a good nights sleep without the need of a CPAP machine. I past the details on to my dad yesterday, hopefully it can help.

The review is below if you are interested

http://honest-health-product-reviews.com/reviews/cure-your-sleep-apnea-without-cpap/

I didn't follow the link above- there is not a cure for sleep apnea, only treatment.  Have you tried adjusting your humidity a bit higher?  I don't know what's causing your hoarseness, I have never heard of that as a side effect of CPAP, they do seem related, though.  If it continues I would see a doc- either your PCP, sleep doc, or perhaps an ENT- this is perhaps just coincidental with the start of therapy and could be something you should not ignore.  Be on the sdafe side and get checked out if upping the humidity doesn't help.

Thanks for the reply, and I'll take a look at the article.  I have a nice, moist throat in the morning, but I actually need to force the words out.  Been to two specialists, and they are not too worried about it until after my two nasal surgeries.

My unit has adjustable, heated moisture control.  Check to make sure your Father's have it.

Regards,

Steve

Lyndsey Pollard said:

My father experienced something similar to you when he first started using his CPAP. He found that he became hoarse (not totally) and his throat always felt a bit dry. It doesn't seem to happen all that often now but he still finds the CPAP machine an annoyance.

 

I also suffer from sleep apnea but haven't needed to use a CPAP machine so I can only speak from the experience of my father.

 

I read a great review on a product that claims to help people with sleep apnea get a good nights sleep without the need of a CPAP machine. I past the details on to my dad yesterday, hopefully it can help.

The review is below if you are interested

http://honest-health-product-reviews.com/reviews/cure-your-sleep-apnea-without-cpap/

I got used to mine, like after the first night.  My BP dropped some 20 points, and heartrate about 10 BPM average......after the first week.

After about 10 days, I was detailing my cars and doing yard work, some pretty hard stuff.

I think it actually saved my life, as my body was shutting down after years of sleep deprivation.

Now at 55, I look like I 'm in my 40's, and the body is looking pretty darn good for an older man, LOL

Steve


Lyndsey Pollard said:

My father experienced something similar to you when he first started using his CPAP. He found that he became hoarse (not totally) and his throat always felt a bit dry. It doesn't seem to happen all that often now but he still finds the CPAP machine an annoyance.

 

I also suffer from sleep apnea but haven't needed to use a CPAP machine so I can only speak from the experience of my father.

 

I read a great review on a product that claims to help people with sleep apnea get a good nights sleep without the need of a CPAP machine. I past the details on to my dad yesterday, hopefully it can help.

The review is below if you are interested

http://honest-health-product-reviews.com/reviews/cure-your-sleep-apnea-without-cpap/

Thanks Mary.......I left another reply below. They have given me reflux, med, prednisone, new sprays, etc.  I am scheduled for three nose surgeries, and they want to wait till after those to address the throat.

Steve

Mary Z said:

I didn't follow the link above- there is not a cure for sleep apnea, only treatment.  Have you tried adjusting your humidity a bit higher?  I don't know what's causing your hoarseness, I have never heard of that as a side effect of CPAP, they do seem related, though.  If it continues I would see a doc- either your PCP, sleep doc, or perhaps an ENT- this is perhaps just coincidental with the start of therapy and could be something you should not ignore.  Be on the sdafe side and get checked out if upping the humidity doesn't help.

I didn't think about reflux/ GERD, but it often goes along with OSA and certainly could cause your hoarseness.  Good call.  That would be fairly simple to treat.

I've been having more and more trouble with hoarseness and losing my voice if I talk for as little as 5 minutes. I had this before the machine but it's much worse now, even with humidity cranked as high as the machine goes. This morning I noticed my throat was closing on exhale and I'm coughing more.

 

I was put on omeprazole in case it was reflux but my GI doc wanted me on it for two years b/c endoscopy showed focal Barrett's. Unfortunately, it gave me diarrhea - I have microscopic colitis which complicates things - after being on it for 4 weeks.

 

My new sleep doc wonders if it's vocal cord disorder. It sure feels like it. I'm thinking this needs to be pursued although I don't know what can be done to help it. Time will tell.

I've been to three specialist, and none seemed to concerned with the quality of my voice and it taking such force to speak.  I am having two nasal surgeries soon, and they will rediagnose after that.  They have my machine cranked up to 15, as I have permanent blockage in the sinus...  The moisture is at max, but no help with vocal.

 

Try cutting the dosage dwon on the reflux RX, and do not wait as long to eat......not an MD, but it worked for me.  As far as that goes, and with all my health problems, I've been through and tried about EVERYTHING.

 

In better shape at 55 than I was at 30.  ;-)

Marcia Herman said:

I've been having more and more trouble with hoarseness and losing my voice if I talk for as little as 5 minutes. I had this before the machine but it's much worse now, even with humidity cranked as high as the machine goes. This morning I noticed my throat was closing on exhale and I'm coughing more.

 

I was put on omeprazole in case it was reflux but my GI doc wanted me on it for two years b/c endoscopy showed focal Barrett's. Unfortunately, it gave me diarrhea - I have microscopic colitis which complicates things - after being on it for 4 weeks.

 

My new sleep doc wonders if it's vocal cord disorder. It sure feels like it. I'm thinking this needs to be pursued although I don't know what can be done to help it. Time will tell.

Stephen, thanks for your response.  I had to get off the OTC omerprazole b/c even the most heavy-duty gut steroid (Entocort) wouldn't keep the omeprazole-caused diarrhea under control. (It does when I'm not on omeprazole.)  Every PPI I ever tried gave me severe D and stomach problems after a month or two. It seems to turn too much acid off for me instead of just controlling it.

I sure wish we could get the UK version of Gaviscon. It's much better than the US version, which has a different formulation. The alginate in it forms a "shield" in the stomach to prevent acid from getting past the layer of alginate. That sounds like a great option for those who can't tolerate short or long term effects of PPIs.

Your post (not that you'll read this, and since you won't forget it).

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