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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
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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
richard graham posted a status
"I feel like the humidifier is making me feel yucky and I'm waking up hacking and having to clear my throat a lot for a while."
Nov 3, 2014
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2, 2014
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.

Jay
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 (http://www.cpapsupplyusa.com/ResMed-Liberty-Mask-Headgear-6130X.aspx) 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 (http://www.cpapsupplyusa.com/ResMed-Quattro-Full-Face-Mask-Headgear...) 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 UP..like 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: http://cpapmoisture.com/shop/. 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.
Susan

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