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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
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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
Has anyone else experienced ringing in the ears associated with their sleep apnea? I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about 5 years ago. I began having moderate to severe ringing in my ears about 2 years ago. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure about 10 years ago. Is there a progression here that is common to others with sleep apnea?

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Yes I do some times and some times my ears get pluged up and when I talk it sounds like im putting my fingers in my ears when I talk.
I had the ringing in my ears before I was diagnosedd with sleep apnea. I don't have high blood pressure. So I'm not sure...
I have had tinnitus for a long time, and probably sleep apnea, too, but seems tinnitus is related to my cervical alignment. Any time my ringing gets worse, I know it is time to go get my neck cracked! The chiropractor told me that tinnitus was the reason chiropracty (?) was started..I know it sure works for me! I still have the background humming that I have been aware of my whole life, when it is very quiet, but when my neck is out, it is much worse..also, sitting here on the recliner right now is making the humming worse..any sitting with my head bowed forward will make it worse..I take my own pillows when I travel, as those mile high pillows will put my neck out every time and start the humming..
Of course, the tinnitus can probably be caused by several things, I will have to keep my eye on the apnea connection..
This may be a controversial statement, but I think tinnitus is strongly linked to obstructive sleep apnea. It's been shown that untreated sleep apnea patients have multiple areas of brain issue injury and damage, especially in the are of the brainstem where the auditory nerves enter (as well as other various areas). Brainstem auditory nerve testing has been shown to be significant more diminished in sleep apnea patients, with more viscous (thicker) blood that's more prone to clot and block small arteries. Treating sleep apnea with either CPAP or diluting the patient's blood improved these brainstem responses to sound waves. The inner ear has a very delicate vascular supply and any slowing, clotting or blockage of this vessel can have devastating consequences on any part of auditory/vestibular system.

Traditionally, tinnitus is treated as a neurologic problem to many different and conflicting explanations and treatment options. Unfortunately, there's no definitive cure for this all too common condition. What I've seen, however, is that almost every patient who comes in for tinnitus has the anatomy and history strongly suggestive for obstructive sleep apnea. Sometimes, treating the sleep apnea definitively helps with the tinnitus. Unfortunately, since there can be various degrees of permanent nerve damage, and responses to OSA are inconsistent.
Dr. Park just thinking out loud here.. could there be an association between Ménière's syndrome and sleep apnea. A few of my patients have had surgery for Ménière's syndrome and have sleep apnea. just wondering if the two could have some corellation in development.

Steven Y. Park, MD said:
This may be a controversial statement, but I think tinnitus is strongly linked to obstructive sleep apnea. It's been shown that untreated sleep apnea patients have multiple areas of brain issue injury and damage, especially in the are of the brainstem where the auditory nerves enter (as well as other various areas). Brainstem auditory nerve testing has been shown to be significant more diminished in sleep apnea patients, with more viscous (thicker) blood that's more prone to clot and block small arteries. Treating sleep apnea with either CPAP or diluting the patient's blood improved these brainstem responses to sound waves. The inner ear has a very delicate vascular supply and any slowing, clotting or blockage of this vessel can have devastating consequences on any part of auditory/vestibular system.

Traditionally, tinnitus is treated as a neurologic problem to many different and conflicting explanations and treatment options. Unfortunately, there's no definitive cure for this all too common condition. What I've seen, however, is that almost every patient who comes in for tinnitus has the anatomy and history strongly suggestive for obstructive sleep apnea. Sometimes, treating the sleep apnea definitively helps with the tinnitus. Unfortunately, since there can be various degrees of permanent nerve damage, and responses to OSA are inconsistent.
Tinnitus is often difficult to treat since it's not well understood. One theory worth exploring is the relationship between sleep apnea and clenching habit. Clenchinbg is thought to be a consequence of apnea and the brains attempt to get more air. Ask your dentist for a night guard device and you may see some help.
I treat all my Meniere's patients as if they had an underling sleep-breathing problem along with a regimen suited for migraines, with pretty good success. A migraine attack can happen anywhere in the body where there are nerve endings. If the nerves are overstimulated and go haywire, you'll get symptoms specific to the location: if in the scalp muscles and brain, you'll get the classic migraine, if in the sinuses the classic sinus headache, post-nasal drip and pressure, constipation, diarrhea and bloating in the stomach, and vertigo, hearing loss and ringing for the inner ear.

Initially, I treat conservatively for these conditions, such as diet and alcohol timing, positional changes, stress reduction and nasal optimization for the sleep-breathing issue and avoiding certain triggers for migraines. I learned about these concepts from Dr. David Buchholz in his book, Heal Your Headache.

It's also not too surprising that in almost every situation, someone with Meniere's has the upper airway anatomy that's very suspicious, and usually one or both parents snore heavily with cardiovascular disease. Perhaps I should do a study using migraine medication for Meniere's....

D. W. Conn said:
Dr. Park just thinking out loud here.. could there be an association between Ménière's syndrome and sleep apnea. A few of my patients have had surgery for Ménière's syndrome and have sleep apnea. just wondering if the two could have some corellation in development.

Steven Y. Park, MD said:
This may be a controversial statement, but I think tinnitus is strongly linked to obstructive sleep apnea. It's been shown that untreated sleep apnea patients have multiple areas of brain issue injury and damage, especially in the are of the brainstem where the auditory nerves enter (as well as other various areas). Brainstem auditory nerve testing has been shown to be significant more diminished in sleep apnea patients, with more viscous (thicker) blood that's more prone to clot and block small arteries. Treating sleep apnea with either CPAP or diluting the patient's blood improved these brainstem responses to sound waves. The inner ear has a very delicate vascular supply and any slowing, clotting or blockage of this vessel can have devastating consequences on any part of auditory/vestibular system.

Traditionally, tinnitus is treated as a neurologic problem to many different and conflicting explanations and treatment options. Unfortunately, there's no definitive cure for this all too common condition. What I've seen, however, is that almost every patient who comes in for tinnitus has the anatomy and history strongly suggestive for obstructive sleep apnea. Sometimes, treating the sleep apnea definitively helps with the tinnitus. Unfortunately, since there can be various degrees of permanent nerve damage, and responses to OSA are inconsistent.
I just started with Tinnitus about 30 days ago.. I've never had any king of ear related issues.. I had an episode that lasted for a couple of hours upon awakening one day.. The next morning I had the same but in both ears and it has not subsided at all in 30 days.

I've been to two ENT's they say get used to it.

After reading some articles. I've noticed that some CPAP users have auto adjust masks.. Do these help prevent hypoxia.. I believe there is a connection to lack of oxygen.


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my understanding of tinnitus wa a lack of iron in the body, kelp tablets has a lot of iron in them

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