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ZolliStar posted a discussion
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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
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. "
Apr 20
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13

what would be the difference in using oxygen and a cpap for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea ?

would like to know what the difference between using a cpap machine and just using oxygen for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea , do not know much about sleep apnea since just been a little over a week since i was diagnosed as i am just getting started with the wonderful world of sleep apnea

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Apnea means "no breath".

This means that nothing is getting into the lungs. The usage of oxygen would provide no benefit since the issue is that the oxygen is not getting into the lungs. 

Apnea is not a "breathing disorde"r per se, it is a state dependent (sleep) breathing issue. Once the state is changed (wake,) the lungs and all other mechanisms of breathing function properly. It is only the problem of the relaxation of the muscles in the airway during sleep that poses the risk.

In severe cases, it becomes an unconscious choice on the part of the brain:

Sleep and not breath

Wake and breath

 

Providing a means to simultaneously open the airway and allow for sleep is the goal of a usable therapy.  

 

Hope that helps.

I also have COPD-emphazema, pretty severe.  While I'm having an attack, I find I can't use the CPAP at all, I think my pressure is set at 7.  Does anyone else have both these problems?

How safe is it to use only oxygen during the 2 weeks of a flare-up?

If you find you are spending time off the CPAP+O2 mix, you should seek your physician's input for guidance as to what level to possibly increase the O2 during times of off CPAP+O2 therapy. The CPAP will typically alter the amount of O2 required, therefore it most likely is not the level of O2 that would be satisfactory when not used in conjunction with the CPAP. Ask your doctor.

yes it does help , wondered why you could just go on oxygen when diagnosed with this but it looks like that would not be a smart move

thanks  

Somnonaut said:

Apnea means "no breath".

This means that nothing is getting into the lungs. The usage of oxygen would provide no benefit since the issue is that the oxygen is not getting into the lungs. 

Apnea is not a "breathing disorde"r per se, it is a state dependent (sleep) breathing issue. Once the state is changed (wake,) the lungs and all other mechanisms of breathing function properly. It is only the problem of the relaxation of the muscles in the airway during sleep that poses the risk.

In severe cases, it becomes an unconscious choice on the part of the brain:

Sleep and not breath

Wake and breath

 

Providing a means to simultaneously open the airway and allow for sleep is the goal of a usable therapy.  

 

Hope that helps.

i at this time have not been started on the cpap , got to go this coming saturday night to have the 2nd sleep study done with the cpap, so i was trying to get as much information as i can and wanted to know what the difference was , have not been to see my sleep doctor yet since the first sleep study .

Somnonaut said:
If you find you are spending time off the CPAP+O2 mix, you should seek your physician's input for guidance as to what level to possibly increase the O2 during times of off CPAP+O2 therapy. The CPAP will typically alter the amount of O2 required, therefore it most likely is not the level of O2 that would be satisfactory when not used in conjunction with the CPAP. Ask your doctor.

Obstructive sleep apnea means that your airway is obstructed and air can't get thru no matter how much 02 supplementation is bled in during an apnea. The 02 can't get thru to your lungs.

 

During an hypopnea your airway is partially obstructed and only a limited amount of air can get thru to your lungs regardless of whether you are using 02 supplementation or not. At least during an hypopnea w/02 supplementation the air that does get thru is "richer", more full of 02, but it still is only a limited amount.

 

CPAP provides only "room air" BUT at a given pressure titrated to keep the airway open or to open the airway so the room air - and any 02 supplementation - can get thru.

 

The 02 isn't doing you any good when it can't get thru an obstructed airway.

 

OSA is the result of an anatomical situation, it is NOT the result of pulmonary function. COPD, emphysema, bronchitis are pulmonary functions. The two are not the same.

 

CPAP does not increase 02 BUT it does prevent the airway from obstructing so that air (and 02 supplementation) can get thru your airway.

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