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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 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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