"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…"
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
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
"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.…"
"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.
I actually gained weight over time. But that's related to me not increasing activity and continuing bad eating habits. It's only since I started really tracking what I eat with weightwatchers that I've lost weight. If I can find time in the day (with a 3 year old, full time job and full time grad school) to do some exercise I'm sure I could lose more.
Although to be fair I also have PCOS on top of all this and that can cause weight gain too. But with how well I'm doing with weightwatchers I would also say my eating habits were certainly NOT helping!
I have lost a little. I started last March and now I have much more energy. In fact, prior to therapy....I wasn't working out. I have now started up and plan to run a 1/2 marathon in September. Before therapy - this goal would have been out of the question.
Everyone is different, I lost 50 pounds in the past 5 years, but it was not all because I was a compliant Cpap user. Part of it was because of my Doctor who warned me of my family history and disposition to being Overweight. Coronary disease anyone? I still have 50 more to go.
As for me I gained some weight after starting therapy and then I lost some weight. I'm only 6 lbs under the original pre-pap weight. But I'm still working on my therapy after 2 years, something is not quite right. I'm hoping if I figure out the problem I'll be able to get to work on really losing some weight.
Everyone kept telling me along the way before I got my CPAP that this would help me lose weight....no way....I am however more rested so if I had time in my schedule I WOULD have the energy to exercise more than I used to.
I lost about 30 lbs in the last year and a half, thru exercise. I'm 5'8" and now 158 lbs. I am a CPAP user for the last 4 years, with pressure set at 6. The CPAP has been wonderful, helping me sleep better, gained my energy back, the humidifier helps when I have a cold ...
This is an aside ... starting last December, I was not sleeping well (waking up more tired than usual and mind is foggy) so I had myself tested again at a sleep clinic this year. The result indicated that I need to be at a higher pressure of 7. After a month, I'm still not sleeping well at this higher pressure. I switched from a fisher and paykel to a Resmed S8 Autoset II because the F&P is making a lot of noises. I wonder how many people has lost weight and had their CPAP pressure increased ...