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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…"
Monday
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
Monday
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
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I've been doing well.  I think you were going to try the cpap without humidity- did that help at all?  I haven't had a cold for a couple of years."
May 14
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"CPAP seems to cause stuffiness in many of us.  ANother reason I hate it so much!Do you rinse your nose with saline once a day…maybe before you go to bed for the night? "
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do wake up stuffed up most days"
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do have non allergic rhinitis. Now I'm thinking that's probably it because I only feel that way for a day or 2. Thank you"
May 4
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I have been lucky.  Not one cold past three years. Could some of your problem be allergies?"
May 4
richard graham posted a discussion

sick again

It seems like I am sick with colds more often when I'm on the CPAP. Anybody experience that.
Apr 30
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.  "
Apr 20

Waking up with sore throat and barely able to talk - HELP

I've been using my CPAP since June. During that time, I have had maybe one or two rain outs at the beginning but that's about it. I clean the tubing weekly, and I use wipes for the mask designed for CPAP machines. I use the wipes daily.

For the past week or so, when I wake up, I take the mask off, and I am unable to talk -- I mean I can talk but my voice is completely gone -- raspy, dry..it's awful.

I don't know if this is the CPAP fault or something else...but it's terrible in the morning.

I do have the humidifier on, use distilled water and change it every other day (the distilled water usually lasts two days when I fill the machine).

Does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts on what the problem may be?

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Do you have post nasal drip? How do you feel the rest of the day?

I had strep throat as a child so often I was unable to talk for 8 and 1/2 months during my senior year. I am told my throat is full of scar tissue. The last two times I have had to go to the doctor for not feeling well and being under the weather she has made comments about my throat being nasty looking and red streaked. Yet my throat hasn't hurt. I have contributed it to the scarring (but hey what do I know).

I have severe allergies and deal with post nasal drip much of the time. I think it causes the throat irritation, cough, and at times hoarseness that I experience.

Have you checked with your doctor to make sure it isn't something else?
Hello Dan,

Sleepcarol may be spot on, but I wonder if there is a cause more related to the CPAP itself.

I have a very dry throat on the occasions when I mouth breathe. Because I find this so uncomfortable, I use a chin strap with a full face mask -- my sleep doc laughs and says its belt and suspenders. Is it possible that you've started to mouth breathe (or to do so more persistently) in the past week?
What is your humidity set to?
It sounds like a mouth leak.

A Full Face Mask would be greatly beneficial. If your mouth opens up, then the humidification isn't going to do you any good. If you don't want to commit to that, then I would try a chinstrap. (though in lab we don't usually have much success with chinstraps.

Saz
I would try a chinstrap. (though in lab we don't usually have much success with chinstraps.

Saz, I only have had success by combining chinstrap and full face -- even so I will wake up really dry-mouthed once a month or so and realize I managed to mouth breathe anyway.


Rock Hinkle, I have as much humidification as the insulated hose will tolerate without mid-session "rainouts". Even so, mouth and throat get real dry real fast if I sleep with the mouth agape. I suspect it's a function of pressure as well as humidification.
Makes sense that air blowing into your mouth all night might make for a dry mouth in the morning. I used to be on meds that greatly contributed to dry mouth.
I use a full face mask with a moderate level of humidity and don't have that problem, but then I live in a humid area (Norfolk, VA). I visited Mobile, AL a while back and at the same humidity setting woke up with a mask full of water- it's really humid there. Maybe the FFM would help or you could try the hose cover to reduce rainout.
Keep us posted,
Mary Zimlich
Dan- It may be a good idea to speak with your PCP about going in to see an ENT. They may need to perform a throat swab/culture. Just to be on the safe side.

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