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liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"BluePoint Medical* holding their next Remedy event on June 4 with Terry Cralle, RN on "Sleep in the Mordern Family".  They will also be checking CPAP machines and providing breakfast. Click on link above for more…"
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CPAP & Dry Mouth

In recent months, I have developed extreme dry mouth as a result of the CPAP.  I am a mouth breather when using CPAP.Recently, I saw an advertisement for the symptoms of dry mouth, but as usual, when I need the information to have a discussion with both my primary care  physician and my dentist I haven't seen the ad. Has anyone else seen the ad and can anyone remember the info in the ad?Thanks in advance,DanSee More
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99 replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
"Do not turn light on as this hinder you from falling asleep or choose red light instead which do not afect your sleep"
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99 posted a discussion

Leaky gut

Do you have a leaky gutHow would you knowA telltale sign for leaky gut is Athletes footI wish to ask do you have or suffer from itThe reason I ask is maybe this is a common denominatorJust text yes or text noAnd if you are the first to text also keep a tallyExample38 yes 0 noYour input would alter the tally39 yes 0 noSo now I will input first1 yes. 0 noSee More
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Jul 7, 2015
ZolliStar replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
"I'm wondering: what prompted you to consider whether you have sleep apnea in the first place? Also, waking throughout the night isn't uncommon especially as we (*sigh*) age.  I seem to every 90 minutes or so. This pattern probably…"
Jun 27, 2015
ZolliStar replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"You can try this website: I have a MAD (mandibular advancement device). Dr. Steven Park evaluated my mouth and throat (not everyone can use a MAD, it turns out) and pronounced me a candidate for it. The truth?  I…"
Jun 27, 2015
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"The link didn't work so me so I couldn't see the product.  I do have experience with a supposedly reliable boil and bite device.  I should know by now I have a small mouth and nothing regular size fits.  I don't think…"
Jun 27, 2015
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, 2015
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"I moved and have been sick a lot and can't use cpap because of cough and I'm depressed a lot"
Apr 26, 2015
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, 2015
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Apr 13, 2015
Ellen writes: "did you have a hard time to keep it on? it's been a life saver for me though.  i don't fall asleep durring the day !! i can't believe how much better it is but i got to find a way to keep it on better- i did get dry at first now i used water in it. it's been a blessing to me 
thanks for your help 
ellen from maine"

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Are you using a full face mask or some type of nose mask?
Hi Ellen,

I had the same problem until I bought some athletic tape. I put my mask on, adjusted it tight (like I like it) and taped it so that it wouldn't move from that position while I slept. This might work for you too. A friend of mine puts moisturizer on her hands, puts gloves on, and goes to bed. In the middle of the night, she can't grab the mask and pull it off because of the gloves. And when she gets up in the morning, her hands are soft! There are all kinds of "tricks"; you'll just have to find one that works for you. Good luck!
I haven't had any problems keeping mine on. Except that my hair gets in the way and it sometimes comes unvelcroed during the night. Works better if my hair is wet, but it's usually not at night.
Curious about this 'using water in it' technique. Any further elaboration ? I'm a new CPAP user and it's been difficult for my sinuses. Either too dry without humidity or too moist, creating congestion for my sinuses. Any info is appreciated.

Ellen, what mask are you using?... and how long have you been on CPAP? sometimes its just a matter of learning/training yourself to get used to it..and perhaps a different mask may be in order...different fit etc.
I use a nasal mask and I drape a clean dry wash cloth around my neck to prevent the headgear straps from irrating my neck. An added benefit, it helps keep it snug and in place. I have been using my machine every night since 2002.

Life Saver
Mike Smith
Ashburn VA
Hi, Ellen. Unfortunately, there is no good answer. The manufacturer tells you not to make the mask too tight, but if you don't, you get air shooting into your eyes or from the bottom of the mask into your face. This leaves me with no recourse but to tighten it. The supposedly perfect seal is nothing of the kind. Let me know if you find a solution.
I find wearing a knit cap that coverss the crown of my head and neck area to be just the solution for me. I takes up some of the length in the the straps and at the same time gives some give to the fit so I don'tt have to wear it so thight. I also keeps the mask centered on my head. Pad- A Cheek makes neck straps for different types of masks which might be easier than a washcloth on your neck. You might also try a sweatband cut open and threaded over the neck straps.
Good Luck,
Mary Z.
I am sure some of it has to do with the mask. I have tried a Resmed mask ( that fit over my mouth and had small tubes to my nose. It came out of my nose every night. I went back to a Resmed full face mask ( and have no problems at all. I tighten the straps but not too tight so that it is comfortable.

I am surprised that no one has mentioned RoEzIt, a non oil based cream that you put on your face under the seal. If i did not use this, my mask would leave big marks on my face. I believe that it helps seal the mask to my face.

As far as strap marks, there are accessories that are made to put over the straps to form a cushion.

As far as the Sinus problems go, I am 69 years old and have a constant Sinus problem but I actually get sinus relief from my mask. If your Sinuses stop up, you probably need to increase the pressure.

After over five years, on a Cpap machine, I have tried almost everything.

Just keep tinkering and you will find a solution to your problems.
wow what is this RoEzIt ? I wake up every morning with lines on my face from my mask and some strap marks going
across my cheek/chin area. Sometimes I think the marks are deeper when I have slept on one side pretty hard. Does
anyone else use this?

The only thing that happens to me during the night is it feels like my straps around the back from my forehead feel like
they are slipping it could slip off the top of my head.. but i have never had my mask come off yet. I am only on
my 3rd yr of wearing FULL face mask. I think I have a habit of pulling it down when I turn over changing position..then it
just stays there.

Other thing is I always see this ad on right side of page of this gel lookin blue thing that goes on face under where mask fits over the nose and down each side. Anyone use that ?

I keep my mask pretty tight.. if it is TOO loose feelin' .. I feel like there would be air leaks after I fall asleep and won't know it. You KNOW when it is TOO tight.. pressure will get ya pretty quick and I know I jump up and think " no way.. this is not right" and I loosen it .
The web site for the RoEzIt manufacturer is: If you shop around on the web, you can buy the larger size for $5.95. I use a tube about every two months. Try Philly Pharmacy. It has a non-petroleum base and will not hurt the rubber seal.
Hi Sheila
I had trouble with a very sore nose bridge partly due from have ing the Quattro mask very tight at the nose to stop air leaks into my eyes. I now use a Comfort Care Sleep Pad (the blue thing on the right) and the sore nose went overnight. It has been am unbelievable success and it also seems to stop the air leaks near my eyes.

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