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99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"i have purchased some silver the make my own colloidal silver"
15 hours ago
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…"
15 hours ago
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."
18 hours ago
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."
18 hours ago
Mary Z replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"99, where have you been?  Do you add the colloidal silver to your humidifier?"
19 hours ago
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…"
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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?"
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Mary Z left a comment for Kay Day
"Kay, I haven't been around myself and miss the old, active forum."
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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…"
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hifay replied to Mary Z's discussion Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis
"Always something. Thanks for the information."
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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
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"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
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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?"
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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…"
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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

I've been using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea for over a year now.  During that time, I've lost a lot of weight and there are times when I feel like I don't need the CPAP.  I've gone a few nights without it and actually feel better the next day.  I didn't snore those nights according to my husband.  My question here, does anyone know if you have ever been diagnosed with sleep apnea, do you always have it?  Do I need to continue to use the CPAP?  A friend of ours said that once you start using the CPAP you need to KEEP using it, forever.  We just recently moved out of state so I don't have a new doctor yet.  I will be seeing one next week so I'll ask that question and see if I should have another sleep test.  Just curious if anyone has had this experience themselves.

 

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That would be great if with the weight loss you no longer needed the machine.  I would contune to use it faithfully to have your most recent data available for the sleep doc when you go.  Only a sleep test will tell you for certain if you no longer need the machine.  I know I feel better because of the machine, but that doesn't mean I don't need it anymore- it means it's working.  Keep us posted.  It would be good to hear from someone who was able to come off CPAP because if weight loss.

I've been told by my GP that losing weight can help you become less dependent on CPAP therapy. But I agree with Mary, only a sleep study will tell you for sure if your loss was enough to shelf your machine.

If you've been on it for a short time, you might feel better when you sleep with out it because you've not gotten "the system" you need to get a good night sleep with CPAP. I had a friend with CPAP that took almost 2 years to really work out all her issues and get the best result with CPAP (took some mask changes, machine adjustments, moving the machine around, adding a nasal spray, working with the humidifier to keep from drying out, ect).

Good luck!

Thanks Jackie.   I figured as much, having another sleep study before making any changes with it.

 

Jackie said:

I've been told by my GP that losing weight can help you become less dependent on CPAP therapy. But I agree with Mary, only a sleep study will tell you for sure if your loss was enough to shelf your machine.

If you've been on it for a short time, you might feel better when you sleep with out it because you've not gotten "the system" you need to get a good night sleep with CPAP. I had a friend with CPAP that took almost 2 years to really work out all her issues and get the best result with CPAP (took some mask changes, machine adjustments, moving the machine around, adding a nasal spray, working with the humidifier to keep from drying out, ect).

Good luck!


Thanks, Mary, I see a new doctor on Tuesday and we'll say what he says.  Being a new patient, he may wait to do anything.  We'll see.


Mary Z said:

That would be great if with the weight loss you no longer needed the machine.  I would contune to use it faithfully to have your most recent data available for the sleep doc when you go.  Only a sleep test will tell you for certain if you no longer need the machine.  I know I feel better because of the machine, but that doesn't mean I don't need it anymore- it means it's working.  Keep us posted.  It would be good to hear from someone who was able to come off CPAP because if weight loss.

ask for a b12 mma urine test at the same time

urine not a blood test

What is the "mma?"  I am making a list for my appointment on Tueday.  Thanks for your reply.

i am not sure

try and google it

MMA (Methylmalonic Acid) tests

2 May 2011 – MMA (Methylmalonic Acid) tests are often mentioned when B12 (and homocysteine) is discussed. Some claim that MMA tests is a 'gold .

From what I read when I googled the test I wouldn't worry about it.

http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/mma/tab/test

Yeah, I heard the same spiel from my ENT.  However, it's slowly becoming apparent that having sleep apnea is what causes a person to gain weight in the first place.  

Jackie said:

I've been told by my GP that losing weight can help you become less dependent on CPAP therapy. But I agree with Mary, only a sleep study will tell you for sure if your loss was enough to shelf your machine.

If you've been on it for a short time, you might feel better when you sleep with out it because you've not gotten "the system" you need to get a good night sleep with CPAP. I had a friend with CPAP that took almost 2 years to really work out all her issues and get the best result with CPAP (took some mask changes, machine adjustments, moving the machine around, adding a nasal spray, working with the humidifier to keep from drying out, ect).

Good luck!

As a followup here; I did see my new doctor yesterday & he said in another month he would like to schedule a sleep study to see exactly where I stand with sleep apnea.  He also said that if one is using a CPAP or BIPAP and doesn't really need one, that it can cause lung damage.  The only way to test for it is by a sleep test. 

Kate,

I agree. It's a catch-22.  I do think that sleep apnea does contribute to weight gain. I remember being sooo tired before I got my CPAP that I could nod off anywhere. And I mean anywhere (noisy cafes, in the middle of conversations) and I could sleep through fire alarms. How can you have energy to execise when it's taking all of your will just get to the end of the day so you get home and crash on the sofa.

I read somewhere that Harvard did a study where they briefly woke up healthy college kids during sleep studies, not enough for them to even remember being woken but enough to cause a sleep disturbance - the next day they were tired, cranky and craved more high carb food.  I'll see if I can find it and link it. My sleep doc told me that not getting good quality sleep can mess with hormones, including those that control hunger and your sense of fullness.

Patricia - good luck on your next study!!

Kate said:

Yeah, I heard the same spiel from my ENT.  However, it's slowly becoming apparent that having sleep apnea is what causes a person to gain weight in the first place.  

Jackie said:

I've been told by my GP that losing weight can help you become less dependent on CPAP therapy. But I agree with Mary, only a sleep study will tell you for sure if your loss was enough to shelf your machine.

If you've been on it for a short time, you might feel better when you sleep with out it because you've not gotten "the system" you need to get a good night sleep with CPAP. I had a friend with CPAP that took almost 2 years to really work out all her issues and get the best result with CPAP (took some mask changes, machine adjustments, moving the machine around, adding a nasal spray, working with the humidifier to keep from drying out, ect).

Good luck!

Patricia, please keep us posted on what happens.  You will help a lot of people in the same situation.

Thanks

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