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Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion
Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I've been doing well.  I think you were going to try the cpap without humidity- did that help at all?  I haven't had a cold for a couple of years."
May 14
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"CPAP seems to cause stuffiness in many of us.  ANother reason I hate it so much!Do you rinse your nose with saline once a day…maybe before you go to bed for the night? "
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do wake up stuffed up most days"
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do have non allergic rhinitis. Now I'm thinking that's probably it because I only feel that way for a day or 2. Thank you"
May 4
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I have been lucky.  Not one cold past three years. Could some of your problem be allergies?"
May 4
richard graham posted a discussion

sick again

It seems like I am sick with colds more often when I'm on the CPAP. Anybody experience that.
Apr 30
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
Apr 20

I have one that was used two nights if anyone would like it!!!

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CPAP can be an expensive condition.  I have always bought masks out of pocket.  Insurance gives me a new mask every three months and a new cushion ever month, but that has never been enough.  Last month a got my new mask- a Wisp- and this month needed a FFM some nights.  That was $176 out of pocket.  There are so many small incidental expenses.  Distilled water, chin straps, mask liners,  silicone for mask leaks.

I trialed a Nano, but didn't like it.  I was having trouble with my Wisp then, too, so I was probably too restless to keep the mask seated.

Thanks, Ginny. Hopefully it will be useful to someone.

What didn't you like about the Nano?

I liked the way it fit over the nose but the headgear was not comfy for me.  It's always something!!!!  It did not seem to stay in place well for me.  We have lots of income tax deductions, don't we??   I can get  a new mask every three, but two cushions a month. Well, 11/21 is getting closer.  I may be having these procedures for nothing but I feel like I have to give it a shot. At least I won't wonder if it might have helped.

I used the NANO last night and liked it!  Strange how one night differs from another!

Ginny Edmundson said:

I liked the way it fit over the nose but the headgear was not comfy for me.  It's always something!!!!  It did not seem to stay in place well for me.  We have lots of income tax deductions, don't we??   I can get  a new mask every three, but two cushions a month. Well, 11/21 is getting closer.  I may be having these procedures for nothing but I feel like I have to give it a shot. At least I won't wonder if it might have helped.

It is good that you like it. I found that the wisp does not last very long at all and when it gets older I feel like I can not breath when I use it.

Still "liking" the Nana.  (as much as one can like CPAP!)   Called Lincare over a week ago and ordered my monthly two cushions.  Today I called to see if had been shipped as usually gets here quickly.  Customer service tells me today, "Oh, we don't even carry them… you will have to call your local Lincare office."   What great customer service…NOT!   Leave 1/8 for 3rd procedure in Statesboro GA.  

I'm glad it's working, Ginny.  I have a Wisp that is lasting a long time now.  It's funny how the longevity varies.  Good luck with your procedure.

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