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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"
Friday
richard graham posted a status
"I moved and have been sick a lot and can't use cpap because of cough and I'm depressed a lot"
Apr 26
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
Apr 13
Fred updated their profile
Apr 13
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
I have been using the Liberty Mirage mask since the middle of the summer. I had no problems with it (other than leaking that was taken care of by Mack's silicone) but over the last 3 weeks I have been having terrible headaches, sore throat, sinus pain, now I have developed a nasty nasal drip and my sinuses feel stuffed up ( I think I have developed an infection). My mouth constantly tastes like metal.

I have the humidifier attached to my machine but I have it set on ' 0 '. The air was too humid, hot and heavy at a 1 or 2 setting so I was told to put the setting on '0' allowing the air to pass over the water. Even with the setting on 0 I was waking up in the middle of the night with a nose full of water and water dripping down my throat (I am a nose breather).

I don't know if the drier fall/winter air is what is causing the problem. I can't crank up the humidifier or I will drown. I do clean my humidifier tank regularly so I don't think I am having problems from bacteria in the water.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Luckily I have a quattro mask to use until my sinuses clear. I have not been able to use my quattro consistently because of a sore I keep getting on the bridge of my nose but I do prefer the way the air feels in a full face mask.

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see what happens it you disconect the humidifer
Many people don't need to use a humidifier. Count yourself lucky if you don't need to use a humidifier. I believe that humidifiers at least double the hassle factor of using CPAP. Without a humidifier, there is no water, no rainout, and you don't have to carry it when you travel.
I don't know where you live but here in the midwest almost everyone around our community has the symptoms you describe, cpap or not.

Some are getting sicker than others and no it isn't the H1N1 (although I do admit it is going around as well). In fact I was just at the doctor yesterday since I have asthma and tend to get bronchitis. Mine has turned into bronchitis.

I suggest you make an appointment with the doc to make sure you don't need an antibotic since you have pain and headaches with it. That tends to mean it has turned into a nasty infection.

Do you have your hose covered? I would start by covering your hose with fleece or other insulating type material. That should greatly reduce any water dripping. If it is covered you may want to check on a heated hose.
I just got over those same symptoms. I had them for a month. I would be fine one day and crappy the next. I went to the doc on Wed. They told me I was being plagued by a low grade something or other. 3 days of antibiotics and I am starting to feel consistent again.
I don't know where you live but here in the midwest almost everyone around our community has the symptoms you describe, cpap or not.

I live in New England. It does get dry during the winter months.
Being in the midwest our indoor areas are dry because of the heating systems, probably the same as yours. I know you all can get some really nasty weather as well.

Our weather has been odd this year. Rain when it typically is dry, dry when we usually get rain, cool rainy summer, etc.
We did not have much of a Summer in Indy this year. It stayed pretty cool with the exception of a few weeks.

sleepycarol said:
Being in the midwest our indoor areas are dry because of the heating systems, probably the same as yours. I know you all can get some really nasty weather as well.

Our weather has been odd this year. Rain when it typically is dry, dry when we usually get rain, cool rainy summer, etc.
Can you explane more about Mack's silicone????
Mack's silicone is actually silicone ear plugs that you can purchase over the counter at any WalMart, Walgreens, many grocery stores and other outlets. They come either 3 pairs to a package or 6 pairs in a package (if my memory serves me correctly).

The "blobs" are uniform in size and are malleable, meaning that you can roll them into a long "snake" like rope.

Here is how I have done it, pinch off a glob of the silicone. Depending how long, thick you need it, you will have to use your own judgement and add more or less depending. Roll it into a thin rope, typically it doesn't need to be very thick as your mask should fit without large gaps. Place the rolled silicone onto the gasket of the mask where it touches your face. Put the mask on and adjust it as needed. The silicone will adhere to your skin making for a better seal, but is easily removeable. I have heard some say it can be a pain to remove though. It can be peeled off and reused until it looses it stickiness.

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