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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?"
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
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21

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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