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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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Apr 13
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
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2, 2014
In doing my weekly cleaning of my CPAP equipment today I noticed an accumulation of white stuff on the bottom of the water chamber. A small section I can reach with a knife, I can scrape some of it away, but most of itI can't get to. Even letting it set with pure vinegar does not affect it. If it was a calcium deposit I would think the vinegar would dissolve it. I am worried it is some sort of fungus! My lungs are healthy right now, I would hate to make them sick. I have an appointment with the pulmonologist on Weds, two days from now, and am going to take the chamber with. In the meantime...have any of you guys seen this before?

At one time I did not know to pull off a top piece and clean that weekly as well. It had some black mold growing on it...I now clean that weekly and have no more problem with that. I just don't want the treatment of my problem to ever be worse for than the problem itself.

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It is highly recommended that you use only distilled water in your humidifier. I have used only distilled water in mine, except for one night I was in the hospital and used tap water cause I didn't want to inconvenience anyone. I have never had a deposit form in my tank.

What type of water are you using? Bottled water is not the same as distilled water. Please let us know and maybe narrow down what it might be.
I forgot to mention I only use distilled water.
Are you using ONLY DISTILLED water and directed by your device's manufacturer?

Try dissolving a Polident Denture Cleanser tablet in very warm water in your humidifier water tank. Let it set as long as possible. Shake it a time or two thru out the time it is soaking. Empty and rinse well. Rinse again w/vinegar solution.
I will try to polident and get back to you guys and let you know how it goes. Yucky white stuff!
if you can snap a picture of it, and post it, we might be able to get a better read on what the icky white stuff is.

Dawn said:
I will try to polident and get back to you guys and let you know how it goes. Yucky white stuff!
Mike said:
if you can snap a picture of it, and post it, we might be able to get a better read on what the icky white stuff is.

Dawn said:
Haha Mike...you think I am more technically saavy than I am!
no worries. the actual pix might gross some of us out anyway ;-)

Dawn said:
Mike said:
if you can snap a picture of it, and post it, we might be able to get a better read on what the icky white stuff is.

Dawn said:
Haha Mike...you think I am more technically saavy than I am!
I've been notoriously bad about using tap water in my humidifier and get those hard water deposits. Ever since I had to get my second replacement tank I've been a lot better though. My resp therapist said I could get a new reservoir every 6 months or so though, so maybe it's just time for a new one. (Maybe even sometimes the distilled water has some minerals in there. After all, if they're passing tap water off as spring water/drinking water, who knows how far you can trust them.)
maybe this is BS, but i heard somewhere that you could get a respiratory disease from using tap water instead of distilled. food for thought...

amott1973 said:
I've been notoriously bad about using tap water in my humidifier and get those hard water deposits. Ever since I had to get my second replacement tank I've been a lot better though. My resp therapist said I could get a new reservoir every 6 months or so though, so maybe it's just time for a new one. (Maybe even sometimes the distilled water has some minerals in there. After all, if they're passing tap water off as spring water/drinking water, who knows how far you can trust them.)
Yeah, I was admonished by my respiratory therapist about it too. That's why I've been a lot better about it lately. Although I'll usually just go without water at all to avoid having to mess with filling it up. (Lazy, I know!)
Dawn, You are absolutely right to check the status of the humidiffier with your Doctor. Calcium deposits look like a white material, some of it can be scraped away, others form an almost ceramic surface. . If deposits in a humidifier can be compared to calcium deposits inside a hot water tank, the heat from the electrical or gas source bakes them firmly to the sides of the tank.. I wonder if this could have happened with your humidifier? Perhaps if the humidifier ran dry several times,it might be hot enough to bake the calcium deposits to the bottom of your humidifier. You might let SleepGuide know what your doctor tells you. RuthR,
Dawn, it just occurred to me that the best thing for you to do would be to toss the humidifier and just replace it with a new one. these things are supposed to be switched out every few months anyway, and if you have insurance or Medicare, it will be reimbursed at no/little charge to you. Can you toss it and replace?

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