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Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Sunday
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Glad to hear it's working, Richard."
Apr 11
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"The chin strap is helping. Been having better sleep. Thanks Ginny and Mary for your help"
Apr 11
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Thanks, Mary~  Fingers are crossed.  My pressure is one point lower than when I began (7) and AHI is some lower (7 day average).  I am anxious about sleep study as I have not slept without CPAP in 2.5 years!   "
Apr 6
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Good job, Ginny Hope the sleep study shows some good results."
Apr 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Last procedure done!  This time he gave me meds to take before so less anxiety while waiting!  For the first time I was able to eat normal food on the way home after the procedure.  No pain after 12 hours.  If it only works.…"
Apr 5
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Some folks run their humidifiers in passover mode- not turning on the heat just letting the air blow over the water.  That would not give any heat though. "
Apr 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Interesting, I actually feel a little better when I don't use the humidifier, but the humidifier helps with sinuses. The cold air stuff's me up. Gonna try running heat and a nasal spray"
Apr 4
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Good luck with it- let us know how you do, Richard."
Apr 4
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I just picked up a new chin strap and will use it with my ultra mirage."
Apr 4
richard graham posted a discussion

nasal sprays

Just wanting some suggestions for some good nasal sprays to dry up sinusus. Thank you
Apr 3
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Thanks Mary"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I have both.  I use the chin strap with my Wisp and I also have a FFM if I choose to use that one. I'm a mouth breather.  I find nasal masks are easier to fit without leaks"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Nasacort is now available without a prescription.  I personally use Afrin on the rare nights I need it for being stuffed up."
Apr 3
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Mary, do you recommend a good nasal spray?"
Apr 2
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Wondering if mouth breathers do better with FFM"
Apr 2
richard graham posted a discussion

mouth breathing

I'm a mouth breather, and am wondering weather to get a chin strap or affm
Apr 2
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I've been thinking about trying a nasal spray. Thanks that's useful info."
Apr 2
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I have to admit, it's easier to fall asleep."
Mar 31
Ginny Edmundson replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"have always used the comfort setting since starting. I tried it once without and hated it. "
Mar 30

It is now about a year since I got my last surgery. 3 months after I got out a full in-lab PSG study that showed that I was completely cured. I've now completed my first

annual sleep test.


How have I experienced this first year?


I need hardly tell how nice it is to get rid of my CPAP, it is wonderful.


The first 7-8 months I had a strange feeling in my remaining Uvula. It was not unpleasant, just weird. I think that it has been a kind of a phantom sensation of still
having my full Uvula. I have read that there are some nerves in the Uvula. Then
this feeling disappeared, and today I just have a normal (but much smaller)
Uvula.


At my first PSG study after my surgery, they found a little snoring I did not have before my surgery.


The new result from my annual follow-up sleep tests shows that I still have no Apneas or 

Hypopneas, so I'm still fully cured, but my snoring has largely disappeared again.


Simultaneously, I was studied in the nose and throat, which showed that everything was very nice looking.


I think that when you once have or have had Sleep Apnea so you will always have a lot of focus on your quality of sleep. I've had an extreme focus on this, which may be
a problem. 


Even people without sleep apnea may have a bad night. This, I immediately perceived as though my sleep apnea had perhaps come again.


I have talked this through with my Sleep Doctor and my ENT, and we agreed that I must now try to "forget" my fear of Sleep Apnea. In my situation there is only a minimal risk that I might have a relapse because my soft palate and my tongue are

not affected.


So I will now try to "forget" my former Sleep Apnea. I will nevertheless from time

to time look in to this website.


I will have my next sleep study (and maybe the last) within 3 years.


If someone responds to this thread, I will of course respond back, just as anyone has questions you are obviously free to PM me.


Thank you to everyone on this forum. It has been (and are) great to be a member of a forum among so many competent people.


To Mike,


I was among the first who became a member of this forum. It's amazing what you have
accomplished.


Henning

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Henning, I am very happy for your good results. I suspect that the tonsillectomy was 95% of the cure and the nasal surgery and uvula trimming were 5%. What do you or your doctor think ?

Henning said, To Mike,
I was among the first who became a member of this forum. It's amazing what you have
accomplished.


Yes Mike, that is a reminder for me to thank you for the good work you have done with the forum. You are improving people's lives.
Hi Banyon,

I am not sure which of my operations in the nose worked most. These together changed my AHI from moderate to mild.

Actually, I think in my case was the reduction of my Uvula the biggest prize, but I cannot know for sure when I got my tonsils removed simultaneously.

Henning


Banyon said:
Henning, I am very happy for your good results. I suspect that the tonsillectomy was 95% of the cure and the nasal surgery and uvula trimming were 5%. What do you or your doctor think ?

Henning said, To Mike,
I was among the first who became a member of this forum. It's amazing what you have
accomplished.


Yes Mike, that is a reminder for me to thank you for the good work you have done with the forum. You are improving people's lives.
Great to hear, Henning.

For those of you who may have questions regarding surgery for sleep apnea, I'm hosting an Ask Dr. Park Teleseminar tonight at 8PM Eastern. You can call on or listen on the web.

Register here for free access:
http://doctorstevenpark.com/ask-dr-park-insider-secrets-to-sleep-ap...
I will miss you Henning.

You have helped others that might be contemplating surgery and show that for some it works.

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