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richard graham posted a status
"I moved and have been sick a lot and can't use cpap because of cough and I'm depressed a lot"
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Fred posted a discussion

CPAP - cure worse than the disease

It's ironic that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2000, I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night. If I did wake up during the night, I had no problem falling right back to sleep, and I wasn't tired during the day.From the first night I brought home the CPAP I haven't had one decent night's sleep. Not one. I don't have any problem falling asleep, but I can't stay asleep. At first I was waking up after 4-5 hours and couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now it's more like…See More
Apr 13
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ZolliStar posted a discussion

New mouth device on the market

I've been hearing advertising for this product over the past few days.  It's sold as something to help snoring, but as I look at the information it seems to me that it would work just as well as my mandibular advancement device (MAD).In other words, this could help some of us with sleep apnea.Read about it here.Anybody have any thoughts about this?  See More
Mar 31
99 replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"Hi Richard I mainly use an empty humidifier as it reduces noise"
Feb 16
richard graham left a comment for richard graham
"When I can afford it I'd like to get New machine with heated tube"
Feb 10
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"I would like to see this forum active again as well. I will be more aware of what's going on"
Feb 10
ZolliStar posted a discussion

If you have trouble falling asleep....

I thought that when I got my sleep apnea diagnosis, that -- at last! -- all my sleep problems had come to an end.Ha!I have trouble falling asleep. Indeed, I rarely feel sleepy at night although I do feel tired. I even cut back on computer at night, etc., etc. (and installed f.lux on my computer) but I still had trouble. Now I'm doing something different: wearing special glasses (Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear glasses). They block out the blue -- and they're making a difference! First I tried…See More
Feb 1
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"i have purchased some silver the make my own colloidal silver"
Dec 21, 2014
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…"
Dec 21, 2014
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."
Dec 21, 2014
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."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"99, where have you been?  Do you add the colloidal silver to your humidifier?"
Dec 21, 2014
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…"
Dec 21, 2014
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?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for Kay Day
"Kay, I haven't been around myself and miss the old, active forum."
Dec 21, 2014
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…"
Dec 21, 2014
hifay replied to Mary Z's discussion Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis
"Always something. Thanks for the information."
Dec 21, 2014
99 posted a discussion

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
Dec 20, 2014
richard graham posted a status
"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, 2014

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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