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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…"
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
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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Sep 25, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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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, 2014
Ugh, so have a cold and have not been able to sleep w/ my c-pap for about four nights (I've been a faithful user of my machine for about 1.5 years). Last night, I had my second lifetime (at least in my memory) occurrence of waking up biting my tongue VERY hard. It was painful/scary. The first time this happened, I thought it was odd but didn't make much of it. This time, I wonder if it's something related to the apnea. Super frightening. Any ideas?

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Never heard of that before, but maybe in it's fight to wake you to breathe your body just had your teeth bite down on your tongue. I mean maybe it was just part of that arousal reflex when we're not breathing. It does hurt. Your body was freaking out from lask of oxygen.
could it be possible that you had a nocturnal seizure triggered by low oxygen levels and/or poor sleep? I
have known that I have had mild seizures for 20 years or so, but I have only been diagnosed with sleep apnea
for six months. Through at least the last 10 years I had felt like I was having some sort of seizure or something
once a month or so. Finally after biting my tongue for the first time (had bit my cheek many times) My doctor
sent me for the sleep test. I remember the technologist coming in and waking me and asking me if I knew
where I was and if I was alright. I had assumed that I had a seizure since she did that. Most of the time I
don't feel any after effects of the seizure unless I have bit something or an occasional bad taste for 24-48 hours.
When I went back to see the doctor he said there wasn't any sign of a seizure that night, but my oxygen
level had dropped to "around 50 percent." From what I have read there seems to be enough growing evidence
that seizures can be triggered from sleep apnea when the oxygen level drops significantly. Some people do
suffer exclusively from nocturnal seizures. Hope you are able to get some answers.
Sorry to see about your tongue biting. I'm not a MD, just a sleep tech. Just wondering if perhaps you're a diabetic and your potassium levels are off a bit?
Thanks everybody. I started poking around online a bit and it certainly sounds like what Joe mentions. Really not thrilled about this. I've scheduled follow ups with my doctor, we'll see. I do so appreciate the help!!!
Dear Sleepy Em: I have been diagnosed with OSA and have been on CPAP for about 6 wks. Over the past couple of years I have had many episodes of tongue biting. I grind my teeth at night when sleeping (Bruxism) and my dentist had provided a device to help me stop. It worked very well and I used it for a few years. Occasionally I would nap without it and noted that I would wake suddenly due to very sharp pain from biting the sides of my tongue. (similar to your experience, the pain is very bad - brings tears to your eyes and stays sore for many hours). If I don't wear the device now, I sometimes awaken from biting other parts of the tongue - including the tip. Won't go into the details, but I was recently having dental work and was not able to bite properly. Got mad at my dentist b/c he kept saying the crown was fine....but it wasn't. After refusal on my part for him to grind down any of my other teeth in order to make the crown fit, he finally referred me to a "bite specialist". The bite specialist has been great - he explained that misalignment of my jaw due to muscle problems has contributed to the grinding. For some reason the tongue tries to cushion the teeth from grinding and that is one of the reasons for the tongue biting. This is a long story, but the bottom line is that bruxism is very common and it is also pretty tightly correlated with sleep disorders. Unfortunately the bite specialist told me that so far correcting the sleep disorders does not necessarily correct the bruxism. He said that there has recently been a lot of renewed interest in this and that there is a lot of research underway to understand the reasons for bruxism and also the connection to obstructive sleep apnea. On a related note - If you do find that you have bruxism (your dentist can probably tell you) and you get a night grinding device - make sure that they give you one that covers several teeth (not just 2 front teeth) so that the pressure is spread and you don't end up breaking teeth due to the grinding device. Don't know if this is the cause of your tongue biting, but I read your post and thought it would be helpful to share what I've learned. Hope this helps.
Wow, thanks so much Mary. This is really interesting and sounds very similar to what's happening to me. I appreciate the help!!!

Mary Smith said:
Dear Sleepy Em: I have been diagnosed with OSA and have been on CPAP for about 6 wks. Over the past couple of years I have had many episodes of tongue biting. I grind my teeth at night when sleeping (Bruxism) and my dentist had provided a device to help me stop. It worked very well and I used it for a few years. Occasionally I would nap without it and noted that I would wake suddenly due to very sharp pain from biting the sides of my tongue. (similar to your experience, the pain is very bad - brings tears to your eyes and stays sore for many hours). If I don't wear the device now, I sometimes awaken from biting other parts of the tongue - including the tip. Won't go into the details, but I was recently having dental work and was not able to bite properly. Got mad at my dentist b/c he kept saying the crown was fine....but it wasn't. After refusal on my part for him to grind down any of my other teeth in order to make the crown fit, he finally referred me to a "bite specialist". The bite specialist has been great - he explained that misalignment of my jaw due to muscle problems has contributed to the grinding. For some reason the tongue tries to cushion the teeth from grinding and that is one of the reasons for the tongue biting. This is a long story, but the bottom line is that bruxism is very common and it is also pretty tightly correlated with sleep disorders. Unfortunately the bite specialist told me that so far correcting the sleep disorders does not necessarily correct the bruxism. He said that there has recently been a lot of renewed interest in this and that there is a lot of research underway to understand the reasons for bruxism and also the connection to obstructive sleep apnea. On a related note - If you do find that you have bruxism (your dentist can probably tell you) and you get a night grinding device - make sure that they give you one that covers several teeth (not just 2 front teeth) so that the pressure is spread and you don't end up breaking teeth due to the grinding device. Don't know if this is the cause of your tongue biting, but I read your post and thought it would be helpful to share what I've learned. Hope this helps.
Mary- My wife had big problems with her bite also, it was after she had 2 crowns replaced, one on each side. She was told it would get better, but she went to another dentist who said it's not recommended to do 2 crowns at the same time, especially on opposite sides. He did say it's BAD to start grinding the other teeth down, and one crown was done wrong & needed replacing. She had discomfort after one crown, but the new dentist told her the bit is good, not to worry. They use that blue paper, over & over, they can tell if it's perfect or not , and I remember distinctly, it took about 2 months for her mouth to adjust and was fine but that's a pain of an adjustment period.


Mary Smith said:
Dear Sleepy Em: I have been diagnosed with OSA and have been on CPAP for about 6 wks. Over the past couple of years I have had many episodes of tongue biting. I grind my teeth at night when sleeping (Bruxism) and my dentist had provided a device to help me stop. It worked very well and I used it for a few years. Occasionally I would nap without it and noted that I would wake suddenly due to very sharp pain from biting the sides of my tongue. (similar to your experience, the pain is very bad - brings tears to your eyes and stays sore for many hours). If I don't wear the device now, I sometimes awaken from biting other parts of the tongue - including the tip. Won't go into the details, but I was recently having dental work and was not able to bite properly. Got mad at my dentist b/c he kept saying the crown was fine....but it wasn't. After refusal on my part for him to grind down any of my other teeth in order to make the crown fit, he finally referred me to a "bite specialist". The bite specialist has been great - he explained that misalignment of my jaw due to muscle problems has contributed to the grinding. For some reason the tongue tries to cushion the teeth from grinding and that is one of the reasons for the tongue biting. This is a long story, but the bottom line is that bruxism is very common and it is also pretty tightly correlated with sleep disorders. Unfortunately the bite specialist told me that so far correcting the sleep disorders does not necessarily correct the bruxism. He said that there has recently been a lot of renewed interest in this and that there is a lot of research underway to understand the reasons for bruxism and also the connection to obstructive sleep apnea. On a related note - If you do find that you have bruxism (your dentist can probably tell you) and you get a night grinding device - make sure that they give you one that covers several teeth (not just 2 front teeth) so that the pressure is spread and you don't end up breaking teeth due to the grinding device. Don't know if this is the cause of your tongue biting, but I read your post and thought it would be helpful to share what I've learned. Hope this helps.
Thanks for sharing, Gordon. It's too bad that we have to find out the hard way on some of these experiences - that's why it's important to compare notes. I've had to get several crowns over the years & am now being told that a lot of my dental problems have been due to the bruxism. My regular dentist frequently referred to the fact that I'm a "grinder" and prescribed the grinding device but didn't refer me to anyone else until this recent experience. I wish I would have known to go to someone like a "bite specialist" sooner. There is supposed to be some better device to help protect the teeth - I will be getting that in a few weeks & will let you know. Again, the reason I especially mention it is b/c of the original post here on tongue biting, but also because of the strong link between obstructive sleep apnea and bruxism.

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