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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.  "
19 hours ago
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. "
21 hours ago
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've been using my CPAP for almost five weeks now and have developed a substantial pair of eye bags. Apart from the fact that they offend my vanity, do they reflect/represent that I'm doing something wrong?

 

If eye-bags come with the territory, then (like living with a CPAP for the rest of my life), I'll live with them. But I'd definitely prefer not to!

 

Anyone have this problem? And able to offer a solution? Or am I just the lucky winner?! 

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The only time I personally have any under eye puffiness (sounds better than bags!)  is when mask is leaking in to my eyes badly.

Hmmmmm.... I never thought of this.

 

Also, I'm not aware of the leaking. On the other hand, I am asleep :-)  That said, sometimes it's one eye;  sometimes both. I may dislodge the mask just enough for it to air leakage into one eye and, on a toss-and-turn night, into both.

 

Thank you very much for this insight, Ginny. It's very useful.
I may be wrong!  :)

ZolliStar said:

Hmmmmm.... I never thought of this.

 

Also, I'm not aware of the leaking. On the other hand, I am asleep :-)  That said, sometimes it's one eye;  sometimes both. I may dislodge the mask just enough for it to air leakage into one eye and, on a toss-and-turn night, into both.

 

Thank you very much for this insight, Ginny. It's very useful.
I had badly swollen eyes- under the eyes and my eyelids while using the Quattro FFM.  I believe it was the style of the mask as I didn't have any air leaking into my eyes.  I changed to a Respironics FitLife Total Face Mask.  It goes around the eyes, not over the nose under the eyes and so puts no pressure in this delicate area.
SNAP!  In the UK that means "exactly the same" just in case it doesn't mean this over the pond ;)  The Quattro also did that to mean + I'm a Fit Life convert like you Mary, alternating between that and the Hybrid.

Mary Z said:
I had badly swollen eyes- under the eyes and my eyelids while using the Quattro FFM.  I believe it was the style of the mask as I didn't have any air leaking into my eyes.  I changed to a Respironics FitLife Total Face Mask.  It goes around the eyes, not over the nose under the eyes and so puts no pressure in this delicate area.
Hi Zollistar, Their are many cpap pillows and hose managment systems that reduce the tugging and pushing that happens when moving to a different position. Less leaks.Good Sleep,Chris

ZolliStar said:

Hmmmmm.... I never thought of this.

 

Also, I'm not aware of the leaking. On the other hand, I am asleep :-)  That said, sometimes it's one eye;  sometimes both. I may dislodge the mask just enough for it to air leakage into one eye and, on a toss-and-turn night, into both.

 

Thank you very much for this insight, Ginny. It's very useful.

This is very helpful information from both of you. Thank you!

 

(And thanks for the translation from across the pond, Kath.)

 

My mask, btw, is a Mirage Micro. But I'm wondering if I should change into a Respironics FitLife Total Face Mask. That said, I'm awaiting the arrival of an Mirage FX for Her. Maybe that will do the trick. If not, I''m taking notes: FitLife, here I (might!) come!

Kath Hope www.hope2Sleep.co.uk said:

SNAP!  In the UK that means "exactly the same" just in case it doesn't mean this over the pond ;)  The Quattro also did that to mean + I'm a Fit Life convert like you Mary, alternating between that and the Hybrid.

Mary Z said:
I had badly swollen eyes- under the eyes and my eyelids while using the Quattro FFM.  I believe it was the style of the mask as I didn't have any air leaking into my eyes.  I changed to a Respironics FitLife Total Face Mask.  It goes around the eyes, not over the nose under the eyes and so puts no pressure in this delicate area.
Kathy, I know I "spoke" with you before.  Does the fit Life do well, in your opinion for a small face.  And I think you said you sleep on your side, even with this mask.  I may have to give it a try. Took a nap this afternoon (bad night last night~used 3 different kinds of masks~NOT all at once~LOL) SO I was tired.  FOr the hour nap the Quattro FX did fine so I am trying to think ++ about tonight.

Kath Hope www.hope2Sleep.co.uk said:
SNAP!  In the UK that means "exactly the same" just in case it doesn't mean this over the pond ;)  The Quattro also did that to mean + I'm a Fit Life convert like you Mary, alternating between that and the Hybrid.

Mary Z said:
I had badly swollen eyes- under the eyes and my eyelids while using the Quattro FFM.  I believe it was the style of the mask as I didn't have any air leaking into my eyes.  I changed to a Respironics FitLife Total Face Mask.  It goes around the eyes, not over the nose under the eyes and so puts no pressure in this delicate area.

Hi Ginny.  Just a quickie before bed..... (it's 12.35 am here in the UK).  I have what is probably a medium face, but I think Mary has a small face, so best ask her about this.  However, I never ever sleep on my back and manage to sleep on my side with this mask on the edge of the pillow.  Those shaped pillows with cut-outs never seem to be in the right place for me :( hence the fact that I've designed my own pillow which is on the patent list + ready for manufacture now, and what a long job this has been.   I had a friend round today who hasn't seen me for a while + she commented how much better my face looks.  This is since I've only used the Fitlife + Hybrid.  The Quattro is the worst one for me.  We're all so different though.  Hope I've helped rather than confuse you further LOL.  Good Night!



Ginny Edmundson said:

Kathy, I know I "spoke" with you before.  Does the fit Life do well, in your opinion for a small face.  And I think you said you sleep on your side, even with this mask.  I may have to give it a try. Took a nap this afternoon (bad night last night~used 3 different kinds of masks~NOT all at once~LOL) SO I was tired.  FOr the hour nap the Quattro FX did fine so I am trying to think ++ about tonight.

Kath Hope www.hope2Sleep.co.uk said:
SNAP!  In the UK that means "exactly the same" just in case it doesn't mean this over the pond ;)  The Quattro also did that to mean + I'm a Fit Life convert like you Mary, alternating between that and the Hybrid.

Mary Z said:
I had badly swollen eyes- under the eyes and my eyelids while using the Quattro FFM.  I believe it was the style of the mask as I didn't have any air leaking into my eyes.  I changed to a Respironics FitLife Total Face Mask.  It goes around the eyes, not over the nose under the eyes and so puts no pressure in this delicate area.
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