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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…"
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"You can try this website:  http://zyppah.com/ 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…"
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"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…"
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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"
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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"
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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
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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
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99 replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"Hi Richard I mainly use an empty humidifier as it reduces noise"
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"When I can afford it I'd like to get New machine with heated tube"
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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"
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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
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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
about 40-60% of sleep apnea patient are unable to use cpap because of complete intolerance. out the rest 80% of the do not comply with the recommendations and the time on cpap for more than a year. these are compelling stats about a condition that still has to find a consistent and friendly approach. one of the most common causes of poor compliance is the presence of nasal congestion that for some people is even difficult to identify as the main  cause of the difficulty tolerating the mask. indeed nasal congestion can aggravate sleep apnea by increasing the negative pressure necessary to maintain air flow in the nasopharynx and also increasing the positive pressure during cpap. what is the experience of more seasoned users of cpap in regards with the management of nasal congestion during cpap use?

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I've been using my cpap for almost 6 years and cannot sleep (breathe) without it because of the nasal 'congestion' in addition to the obstruction.  I cannot use a mask, and use pillows.  When the congestion gets really bad, I also put on breathe rite strips.  If I could wear the strips 24/7, I would.  One surgeon said my turbinates collapse, and could be rectified by surgery.  I asked 3 others who had had the surgery if it was successful, 2 people told me that it worked for a while then gradually went back.  I've also found that dairy increases the congestion, and bizarre as it may sound, make my ears ring.

I find a prescription nasal spray, or on occasion, Afrin relieves my nasal congestion.  I also use a Total Face Mask (the FFM break down the bridge of my nose) which enables me to breathe through my mouth as well as my nose when  the congestion clears.  I agree the mask is the achilles heel of CPAP.  However I think those of us with severe symptoms and health consequences are more likely to make the commitment to work through all problems- including the mask and nasal congestion.

Doing research, such as figuring out dairy is the source of some problems is an example of commitment.

Hi Cesar,

               Do you have vasomotor or allergic rhinitis?

               Do you have a heated humidifier?

               Do you have a room ioniser/ filter?

               Is your machine filter replaced in a timly fashion?

               Are you using enough humidity? (Distilled water)??

                                                            Good Sleep,Chris



Chris H said:

Hi Cesar,

               Do you have vasomotor or allergic rhinitis?

               Do you have a heated humidifier?

               Do you have a room ioniser/ filter?

               Is your machine filter replaced in a timly fashion?

               Are you using enough humidity? (Distilled water)??

                                                            Good Sleep,Chris

hi chris thank you for your replay. i have chronic perennial rhinitis and i use allergy shots. when i was diagnosed of sleep apnea 4 mo ago. i thought this was no longer problem. but after i started using the cpap there were some nights that i need more pressure in the resmed to above 14 and i usually was doing fine with 12. i thought it was the mask getting old with the leakage but later i realized i had nasal congestion that likely oblige me to be a mouth breather. i use a full face mask. i started using nasal steroids with modest results. needless to mention the frustrations of trying to figure out what was going on. further research indicates this is a very common problem that apparently does not have easy solution. i am to the point of contemplating oral appliances or surgery. albeit my ahi is 30 and OA may not works as good. it is funny but my BMI is 25 and i always had athletic training. in any event thank you for your answer and concern.

Hi Cesar, 

Are you using a heated humidifier?

 Have you cranked up the humidity?

  Is the machine filter clean?

What are you cleaning your mask with??

Poorly treated apnea means you are going to have more stress hormones and that makes weight even more difficult to deal with.

How much caffein and how close to bed time are you eating?

Keep at it ,Good Sleep,Chris

hi chris

i use a resmed 9 with humidity at 3. i found out that higher condensates with in the mask. i also has dry mouth syndrome that makes more difficult to deal with mouth breathing.

i was cleaning the silicone cushion with alcohol but i found out it was not advisable now i just use soap and water.

i need to get new filters. no caffeine at night only during the day. i eat about 1 hr before bed time.

Hi Cesar,

   If you cover your hose it wont condense in it as soon so you can crank up the humidity.

   Simple soap with no perfumes and hot water is fine.

   Eating  1 hour before bed is not enough time for things to be settled . I know a busey schedual makes it difficult .  

 Good Sleep,Chris            

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