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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.  "
Sunday
Clueless in Redwood Shores replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"I had it on the same outpatient basis.  Much pain, no long term gain.  I did not have the annual repetition - that might or might not have made the difference. "
Sunday
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13
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
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my very much under control adult onset asthma that suddenly flared up big time.  I consider that I have somewhat mild asthma that is allergy induced and has been so under control since diagnosis about 10 years ago, that I sometimes even forget to carry an inhaler.

My asthma flare up two weeks ago kept me from using my bipap for a couple of nights (extreme feeling of suffocating) and sent me to the emergency room one night.  My pulmonary specialist ended up putting me on prednisone (yuck) which I am weaning off of right now.

All of these breathing/sleeping problems started just a couple of days after the delivery of my new Tempurpedic bed and pillows to my Florida home.   I wanted an adjustable bed because with my OSA I am more comfortable sleeping at a slight incline. 

I am pretty positive that the noxious fumes given off by these Tempurpedic beds is what set off my asthma and put me into a health spiral.  I have been away for about a week (thankfully) and even after a week of airing out,  I could smell the fumes as soon as I walked into my bedroom yesterday.

These beds and mattresses should come with a warning label!!!  I am doing all kinds of things to get rid of the fumes right now...and if I have a continuing problem, I'll take further action.

I've since done more research and have found that this is a known problem, though unfortunately my original research didn't turn up this issue.

Tags: Tempurpedic., adjustable, asthma, bed, beds, pillow

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it is probably antimony

antimony is implicated in sudden infant cot death
antimony is a fire retardant used in mattresses
I know I have purchased some of the tempurpedic items (not specifically a mattress) ie. pillows and a 4 inch Cool-Max mattress topper. Both came with warnings to air out thoroughly prior to use.

Did you set the bed up yourself or did the place where you purchased it do it for you? It could be that they forgot to mention it when they did the set-up.
They set it up. They also told me that they would air it out and do some special process to it (rolling it or something) before delivering. This is set up in a second home in FL and I have been gone for nearly two weeks since purchasing it and sleeping with it for not quite a week. I had someone put high velocity fans on it for the last week that I was gone.

Tonight, I am sleeping in a guest room -- just me and my bipap and accessories ;-) (OK, and my adorable dogs) and leaving all kinds of fans on that mattress in my bedroom.

Honestly--I have non asthma symptoms that I think are attributable to this mattress, but won't talk about them unless I am asked... I am afraid that my friends here on SG would think I was a nut case. (I really am not :-), promise.
Some are really chemical sensitive and you are probably one of those. Some chemicals bother me more than others. My tempurpedic hasn't really bothered me -- but at one time I tried out a latex mattress topper and boy oh boy did that set it off. It was not covered and was just a 4 inch thick piece of latex foam in a king size. I don't have a latex allergy as far as I know and the piece of foam was on display and not wrapped so should have been outgassed.

I purchased a latex mattress last summer and have been fine with it, but have the Cool-Max topper on top of the mattress. The mattress is covered and encased like a regular mattress so don't know if that is why or because it is totally outgassed.

Good luck and hopefully things will settle down before long.
Thanks for your thoughts on this. I actually believe that chemical and environmental sensitivities are just a matter of time. There is a virtual epidemic of asthma and respiratory problems in this country (according to two of my doctors)...so whatever it is that I might be suffering from right now as it relates to chemicals and toxins, it is my belief it will affect many more in the future.
the other chemicals in mattresses are

arsnic (is also used in wood decking to prevent infestation)

phosphorus
I agree Jan. We are in a world of chemical manufactured products, much more so than in years past. I know my asthma is and can be chemically induced. I hate even perfumes and after shave products as they are triggers for me. Many of the cleaning products are triggers, as well as other environmental issues. I know I have been warned about carpet from my doctors since new carpeting is loaded with chemical derivates.

Generations in the past have not had so many "toxins" dumped on them as the present time. I believe it will get worse until they admit what it is doing to our environment.
tanaline or tanalyn however spelt is a wood treatment with asenic

Tanalised decking correct spelling
The Tempur mattress is made up of two types of polyurethane foam. A standard, mid-density material and a visco-elastic poly (visco-elastic or "memory foam" is a polyurethane with a petrochemical slowing agent). Polyurethane foam consists of two main ingredients, Polyol and TDI. TDI stands for Toluene diisocyanate (spell check was no help on that). Both chemicals are known to cause respiratory distress (search "diisocyanate asthma"). The two foams are attached with an adhesive which is also potentially volatile (unknown glue). The cover of the Tempur used to be, and may still be, backed with a PVC coating (polyvinyl chloride) which is also linked to asthma as well as a myriad of other problems (I haven't looked at one of their covers for quite a while but last I knew it was still there). Buying a mattress is hard enough without having to worry about toxins. Sorry to hear about your trouble and apologies if you've already heard all this. I do agree that they should have to warn people with asthma and breathing problems about the potential risks involved with volatile components. They also are not the only ones, however---polyurethane and vinyl are ubiquitous (especially in hospitals!!) and are found in most every conventional mattress, couch or upholstered chair.
Steven, thanks for all of that information. Very helpful. I've aired the mattress out thoroughly and I was told by someone that walking on it would help to "push the chemicals" or smells out. I slept on it last night with no ill effects and am airing it out again today (uncovered it and have strong fans blowing on it). Since the notion seems to be that some of these chemicals are ubiquitous-- I'm wondering if at this point I should think of replacing the mattress or if the worst is over. Any thoughts?

Steven said:
The Tempur mattress is made up of two types of polyurethane foam. A standard, mid-density material and a visco-elastic poly (visco-elastic or "memory foam" is a polyurethane with a petrochemical slowing agent). Polyurethane foam consists of two main ingredients, Polyol and TDI. TDI stands for Toluene diisocyanate (spell check was no help on that). Both chemicals are known to cause respiratory distress (search "diisocyanate asthma"). The two foams are attached with an adhesive which is also potentially volatile (unknown glue). The cover of the Tempur used to be, and may still be, backed with a PVC coating (polyvinyl chloride) which is also linked to asthma as well as a myriad of other problems (I haven't looked at one of their covers for quite a while but last I knew it was still there). Buying a mattress is hard enough without having to worry about toxins. Sorry to hear about your trouble and apologies if you've already heard all this. I do agree that they should have to warn people with asthma and breathing problems about the potential risks involved with volatile components. They also are not the only ones, however---polyurethane and vinyl are ubiquitous (especially in hospitals!!) and are found in most every conventional mattress, couch or upholstered chair.
some of these chemicals are found in sheepskin

my thought is to purchase a thin mattress to put on top of your new mattress and cover it with a couple of blankets prior to putting on the sheets

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