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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
Fred updated their profile
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
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Hi Richard,  I don't bother with a humidifier.  Someone on the forum suggested not using it and I'm a lot less congested without it.  A good AHI is under 5.  I use the Wisp and have been since it came out.  I think…"
Dec 21, 2014
hifay replied to Mary Z's discussion Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis
"Always something. Thanks for the information."
Dec 21, 2014
99 posted a discussion

colloidal silver

a humidifier can be used with colloidal silverthis can keep the humidifier clean for day maybe weeks or longer without the need to clean the humidifiersilver colloidal is antimicrobial and you could just top up your humidifier without cleaning and at the same time treat your bodyor you just put silver on it own into the humidifierSee More
Dec 20, 2014

If you had two pieces of advice to give a newbie....

...what would those two pieces be?

A lot of us would really benefit from the been-there, endured-that experience you veterans have to offer us.

AND....

Happy New Year!

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Reply from Susan

I have had my bipap machine for 10 days. The technician led me to believe I would feel better the next day. My days have not been good but today I got up feeling much better. I have no problems with my mask or sleeping, just feeling bad when I awake in the morning. After reading these comments I feel much better knowing it does take time. Hope it will lead to getting rid of my Paxil in the future. Thank you so much for your helpful comments.

(1) Don't trust your equipment supplier.

(2) Question everything that you are told. Do your own research.

Where do you find the think that hangs your hose above your head?  Thanks, Marianne

Many good suggestions here. Some of them will work for some people and some will not work for some people. For instance, hose hangers I hate and they are counterproductive to my therapy but others swear by them. Same for mask liners.

Now for a couple of things that are critical and will help 99.9% of dedicated users. First, is get a data capable machine and software. It is true with all processes, and CPAP is a process, it is very difficult to improve that which you don't measure. The software gives you the measures of your therapy's effectiveness. It can be used to improve the therapy.

Also what Wade says is true for all CPAPers:

Wade Hampton said:

(1) Don't trust your equipment supplier.

(2) Question everything that you are told. Do your own research.

 

 

I have had a few suppliers.  First it was praxaire.  They would not let you try on.  Not good.  Find a supplier that you can try as many masks as you would like and lay down with them with cpap pressure adjusted to your pressure.  Also find a supplier that has a return policy of some kind and ask what all that entails.  I made the mistake of not asking for details in how it worked. 

I ended up with an infection from the Opus nasal pillows.  Then they told me when using Nasal pillows to use KY Jelly with them since I tend to get sores.  I have used a CPAP and Nasal Pillows for maybe 6 years and never once has anyone told me that. 

 

Praxaire was bought out by Apria and they were a joke.  Told me they had a return policy and that I could try on masks, so went through the whole process to get the script and get the insurance co to authorize the mask and then got there and they said they have neither option and did i want to take a mask with me.  I was furious and asked to talk to a Manager.  I got a phone number and it took days for me to find him!  He said they did have a return policy but no they could not allow me to try on masks.  I opted to find another supplier.  The RT that I had seen was so ineffective she never called me back as promised by the manager anyway. 

 

So advice is be diligent and don't let people drag you around by your nose!  LOL, litterally!

 

1. Don't quit, It will get easier.

2. If the stress builds up, get help just don't quit.

 

 

 

 

As an RT, this is so difficult to answer because one answer leads to another question or question set....

 

I'll try though ;)

 

1) Be a stickler for a very comfortable mask, full face masks wear differently than nasal pllows and each type of mask demands a different breathing pattern, which determines how quickly you can get used to the mask and positive pressure from the sleep device you ultimately acquire.

2) Get as educated about your OSA (mild, moderate, severe, etc) as much as possible.  

And know how you can achieve optimal sleep with the mode of treatment that is decided along with your doctor, RT, clinician, sleep technician etc.

Sometimes, this optimal sleep formula involves information that is very consistent with all of the professionals involved in your care.

And sometimes information can get misinterpreted easily (no one's fault, it has to do with how much information is passed along the professional chain).

And each person has a slightly different focus for your proper care;

1) mask fit and ideal PAP unit (from RT or clinician perspective)

2) ideal pressure (from sleep technician perspective)

3) AHI control (sleep doctor perspective)

 etc.

 

I could write volumes more but this is the heart of it all.

 

Here's to great sleep!

 

Bill 

Say that again, Wade!

My DME contact offered "advice" that was completely wrong (he suggested that I add some nice smelling lavendar to the water in my humidifier) and their RT, who was supposed to show me how to use my equipment, told me I could use ordinary tap water. When I found out (thanks to this web site) that I should use distilled water, not tap water, I called him to let him know so that he wouldn't pass along this mistaken advice to any other new CPAP user.

Do YES! to both pieces of advice, Wade.



Wade Hampton said:

(1) Don't trust your equipment supplier.

(2) Question everything that you are told. Do your own research.

 

 

@ Susan:  Hang in there! You've got the hard part down--sleeping with the mask on :) You won't feel better overnight. The damage that apnea did to your body didn't just happen overnight so neither will the repair. But now there's no more damage being done and you'll notice that you feel better gradually. I realized it one day at work. It was the middle of the afternoon and I thought, "hey--I'm not exhausted!" and realized I hadn't been in a while. Keep it up!

Susan Jane Lau said:

Reply from Susan

I have had my bipap machine for 10 days. The technician led me to believe I would feel better the next day. My days have not been good but today I got up feeling much better. I have no problems with my mask or sleeping, just feeling bad when I awake in the morning. After reading these comments I feel much better knowing it does take time. Hope it will lead to getting rid of my Paxil in the future. Thank you so much for your helpful comments.

Not all machines are created  equal/ as well not all masks are going to work for you. Here are the two pieces of advice. If you are having problems, ask the folks here who have experience instead of asking your equipment provider. They are in it for the profit.

My first CPAP was used and was sold to me as new. it had problems with the humidifier.

After talking to the person who helped me, she went against her employers orders and sent me out the door with a brand new up to date machine that worked, It cost her her job.

And get the mask that works for you once again don't listen to the sellers, ask those who have the experience and not everyone has the same needs.

I don't have a data capable machine.

I think I'm going to spend my own green money to get one. I'm using the machine I was "issued". I didn't know as much as I know now, thanks to this forum and the support group meetings.

One learns. Oh! How one learns!

Banyon said:

Many good suggestions here. Some of them will work for some people and some will not work for some people. For instance, hose hangers I hate and they are counterproductive to my therapy but others swear by them. Same for mask liners.

Now for a couple of things that are critical and will help 99.9% of dedicated users. First, is get a data capable machine and software. It is true with all processes, and CPAP is a process, it is very difficult to improve that which you don't measure. The software gives you the measures of your therapy's effectiveness. It can be used to improve the therapy.

Also what Wade says is true for all CPAPers:

Wade Hampton said:

(1) Don't trust your equipment supplier.

(2) Question everything that you are told. Do your own research.

 

 

Thank you so much for your encouraging words.  I am in the beginning stages of trying to get used to sleeping strapped to a machine and have been having just as hard of a time mentally getting used to the idea as physically.  I have wanted to give up, throw the machine out the window, and scream in frustration, but reading posts like yours helps me to calm down and keep on keeping on. 
 
John Camacho said:

1) Don't give up.

2) Don't give up.

 

I waited 8 long years to try again. It is so unnatural to sleep with an aparatus strapped to your face, but the benefits far outweigh the uncomfortable feelings that many of us struggle with in the beginning. Trust that it will get easier and know that you are not alone in what you are going through.  If only I had been connected to a community 9 years ago, or that the science had progressed as much and the care workers understood it all back then as they do now I would not had struggled for so long.

 

I have been using the cpap for 1.5 years now, and its as natural as breathing!

 

God Bless and Good Luck 

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