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richard graham posted a status
"I feel like the humidifier is making me feel yucky and I'm waking up hacking and having to clear my throat a lot for a while."
Nov 3
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
Sep 29
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
Sep 29
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Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Just found they have a Facebook for the REMedy event, 1st Class Sleep REMedy Wellness Health Fair."
Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Reminder: REMedy event is this Saturday, 10 am to 2pm.  Topics include: Nutrition and Weight Management with Sarah Kelly, Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea with Drs. Rena Vakay & Lara…"
Sep 25
Kay Day left a comment for Kay Day
"September 1, 2014 My apologies to Sleep Guide for not participating in a long time. In January 2012 I started classes at the local community college (my husband is an instructor there, and my tuition is refunded when my grades are above a C. My…"
Sep 1
Mary Z posted a discussion

Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea/osteoporosis study finds “increased” health riskA recently published study may have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and osteoporosis, marking yet another health…See More
Aug 23
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
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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