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ZolliStar replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
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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…"
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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
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.

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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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