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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

Hello everyone:

 

I am pleased to report that I am doing very well with my full face mask, what has been happening for the past few weeks is after sleeping sound for three hours I wake up and have alot of difficulty getting back to sleep it usually takes anywhere from 45 min to an hour.....I am so tired once morning comes.  I have to be up by 5:15 am during the week.

 

Has anyone out there had this similar problem????  Can anyone make suggestions for something to protect my nose at night, the FFM is making the top of my nose red and very raw-very painful.  I have tried band aids not working very well.....Makeup is not hiding it anymore.

 

I appreciate any feedback.

 

Meegwetch :)

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I also had problems waking after a few hours and then had trouble going back to sleep. I think I was deprived of oxygen so long before I went on treament that once I started treament when I woke in the middle of the night I was wide awake because my oxygen levels were much higher than what was used to. The longer I have been on treatment the longer I sleep before I awake. It may take awhile for you to adjust.

I think the problem with your nose might be better addressed by trying another mask. I had a horrible sore on my nose from a FFmask. I almost lost my nose, the infection spread all through my nose and face. My eyes swelled shut more than once. It took several weeks for my nose to heal. My doc tried to get me to tough out that mask. I could not do it. I am now using the liberty hybrid type mask. I am adjusting well and no sores.

I hope all goes well for you

carl
Carl:

This is good to know, I am wide awake when I wake up after the three hours....I do not think using another mask is an alternative for me as I have tried them all without success....after years of choking finally I am sleeping and feeling like a real human being, so I think I will opt to tough it out, can any of the lab techs out there recommend anything for that raw soreness... I thank you for your feed back Carl.

Belinda :)
Have you tried using moleskin on your mask. It is typically found in the foot care aisle at WalMart, etc. This will help protect your nose while it heals. If you don't want to do that have you tried padding your mask with something?

Karen, www.padacheek.com has some masks liners that are great to help the pressure points some mask put on sensitive skin.
I have given up on the mask ..just cannot adapt .and I might add I am a retired firefighter used to wearing self contained air and a mask . Its just to cumbersom ....I am concerned about my amount of sleep but not sure what is to little . Always having to get up in the night to have to go to fires never bothered me ...now retired i get at least 9 to 10 hours of sleep but in fractions...nowt sure how damaging that is .and sleep doctors seem to be prima donnas ......cant get a streight answer out of them with out a sleep study .had 3 ........ or making an appointment a month ahead and waiting an hour and a half in the office ..im not blessed with a lot of patience.
Doctors CAN be inconsiderate sheisters, can't they? There is really little excuse for the overbooking they have their office staff do. I'm not the most patient patient either. I've been known to walk out of a doctor's office making sure everyone in the office knew WHY I was leaving before seeing the doctor - and that I wouldn't be back.

Don't give up on using your CPAP, Len. Try something lightweight, maybe the Resmed Swift LT nasal pillows, then there is nothing at the bridge of the nose if that is a problem. Or the ProBasics Zzz-Mask which is a very lightweight full face mask, or the Respironics Simplicity simple nasal cusion which is a very lightweight mask. I like and have had good success w/all three of them.

Belinda, the Dr Scholl's Moleskin that SleepyCarol suggested is an excellent suggestion, cut it to form and put it on the mask before putting your mask on. Usually it will last 2-3 days. Also hanging your hose above your head reduces the tugging of the hose on your mask when you change positions during the night. And the Padacheeks is also a good suggestion by SleepyCarol. Karen (Padacheeks) offers a good variety of colorful pads for just about every mask out there.
There is a new product out designed to prevent nose soars. you might want to try this website www.sleepcomfortcaresystem
Andy, I could not bring up the website with that address. Any ideas?
Thanks,
Mary Z.

andy lahti said:
There is a new product out designed to prevent nose soars. you might want to try this website www.sleepcomfortcaresystem
Interesting find Andy. Has anyone had experience with this product? If the mask moves does the pad stay put? Any info on cost? I doubt insurance companies would pay for this item so if it isn't too crazy expensive it might well be worth trying out.
Brian Judy, I have seen it on the online CPAP stores for $13- $15. The web site itself (www.sleepcomfortcaresystem.com) says it's medicare reimbursed and gives a reimbursement code. I tried it and thought it was a good idea, but I'm prone to breaking out and I guess the material used in its prduction made my nose break out. If you are not predisposed to little pimples, or even if you are I think it's worth trying. I'm the only one I've read about that has had any trouble with the product. I have read some good reports on it. I bought a small and still had to cut it down a bit on the sides as it caused my mask to leak whre it stuck out from under the mask (but, I'm a leak prone kind of person).
Good Luck,
Mary Z.

Brian Judy said:
Interesting find Andy. Has anyone had experience with this product? If the mask moves does the pad stay put? Any info on cost? I doubt insurance companies would pay for this item so if it isn't too crazy expensive it might well be worth trying out.
Thank you for the website Andy I have put in my order....thanks to everyone for your feedback
I would take to your provider to try a different ffm . there are more then one brand and style you might also want to try the lifefit from respironics it is a full face mask that covers the whole face. So there is no pressure on the nose.

There is also a new product I have seen around that is a guard that goes over the nose. And my friend from straparatus is testing a new nose guard. But the gel one i saw online probably would be closer to what you would need.

If you have any questions it is my pleasure to help mail me at bettersleepcoach@gmail.com or twitter me at amykr. that way i will get it faster.

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