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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.  "
Sunday
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. "
Sunday
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Glad to hear it's working, Richard."
Apr 11
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"The chin strap is helping. Been having better sleep. Thanks Ginny and Mary for your help"
Apr 11
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Thanks, Mary~  Fingers are crossed.  My pressure is one point lower than when I began (7) and AHI is some lower (7 day average).  I am anxious about sleep study as I have not slept without CPAP in 2.5 years!   "
Apr 6
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Good job, Ginny Hope the sleep study shows some good results."
Apr 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Last procedure done!  This time he gave me meds to take before so less anxiety while waiting!  For the first time I was able to eat normal food on the way home after the procedure.  No pain after 12 hours.  If it only works.…"
Apr 5
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Some folks run their humidifiers in passover mode- not turning on the heat just letting the air blow over the water.  That would not give any heat though. "
Apr 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Interesting, I actually feel a little better when I don't use the humidifier, but the humidifier helps with sinuses. The cold air stuff's me up. Gonna try running heat and a nasal spray"
Apr 4
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Good luck with it- let us know how you do, Richard."
Apr 4
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I just picked up a new chin strap and will use it with my ultra mirage."
Apr 4
richard graham posted a discussion

nasal sprays

Just wanting some suggestions for some good nasal sprays to dry up sinusus. Thank you
Apr 3
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Thanks Mary"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I have both.  I use the chin strap with my Wisp and I also have a FFM if I choose to use that one. I'm a mouth breather.  I find nasal masks are easier to fit without leaks"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Nasacort is now available without a prescription.  I personally use Afrin on the rare nights I need it for being stuffed up."
Apr 3
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Mary, do you recommend a good nasal spray?"
Apr 2
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Wondering if mouth breathers do better with FFM"
Apr 2
richard graham posted a discussion

mouth breathing

I'm a mouth breather, and am wondering weather to get a chin strap or affm
Apr 2
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I've been thinking about trying a nasal spray. Thanks that's useful info."
Apr 2

My Dog Snores

Trying to get her to wear CPAP too.

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Comment by Mack D Jones, MD, SAAN on October 5, 2009 at 11:01pm
It should be easier working with dogs/cats (with their shorter life spans) to get some answers regarding the question of OSA = AD. I would think a vet school might jump at the chance to take on the project. When proven, I can see the animal PAP machines and masks flying off the shelves because nothing will stand in the way of an devoted pet lover intent on getting the best for his/her beloved pet. This is in contrast to some of us humans who too often take a less than enthusiastic "la dee da" attitude toward OSA.
There are not any CPAP masks or other interfaces for dogs to my knowledge. Are you listening ResMed? It seems a little far fetched, but how about the dogs doing scuba diving with their water/air tight masks we have seen on the animal channel? And then there is always the possibility of treating with a trach with a plugged stent.
If your dog or cat snores, then in my opinion he/she is at risk for CDS or what is equivalent to Alzheimer's Disease in humans. It is time to find out exactly what is going on and if what I suspect proves to be true, then we must do whatever it takes to put a stop to it.
Comment by BeeAsleep on October 4, 2009 at 10:28pm
My little dog snores so loud I thought my husband was snoring right through his CPAP...nope, it was the little doggie girl under the bed. The vet said that dogs throats get loose with age and collapse, sound familiar? I don't think she will let me strap a CPAP to her little muzzle.
Comment by Mike on October 4, 2009 at 9:58pm
To be honest, yeah, i was just messing around / joking. But I like the way you are thinking about this Dr. Jones. I'll read the link you gave us. Very interesting.
Comment by susan mccord on October 4, 2009 at 8:56pm
Wouldn't surprise me ONE BIT if the vets beat the MDs to the punch!!!

McCord
Comment by susan mccord on October 4, 2009 at 8:55pm
Irma! CPUP?? LMAO!!!!!!!

Now THAT is FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan McCord :-p)
Comment by susan mccord on October 4, 2009 at 8:51pm
So is she compliant?????????

She doesn't look all that thrilled with your intervention, Mike! I'm just sayin'...........lol
Comment by Mack D Jones, MD, SAAN on October 4, 2009 at 4:30pm
Mike, I assume the mask and head gear around your dog were just props for the effect of humor in the photo. But I have been wondering for some time do snoring dogs have sleep apnea and if so what are the long term effects. Do they suffer the same health disasters that we do? Do they have what might be the equivalent of Alzheimer's Disease?
I googled the question and found out that sleep apnea is common in dogs and cats. Not too surprising to me was the finding that both cats and dogs suffer from a medical condition known as canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) which causes disorientation, confusion, memory loss and personality changes that are very similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans. Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is sometimes referred to as "old dog syndrome", "brain aging", "doggie dementia" or "senility" according to Sandy Moyer www.bellaonline.com/articles/art25417.asp. Beta amyloid plaques, similar to those in AD patients, are found in brain specimens.
Could OSA in animals cause what is equivalent to Alzheimer's Disease? I believe so. Here is something to ponder: When canine and feline lovers learn that OSA is the cause of CDS how long do you think to take them to get treatment for their pets? Will the veterinarians be the first to make the association of OSA to AD? Will they beat the medical establishment to the discovery which will lead to the end of AD in both humans and other animals? It's going to get interesting. Oh, and what about the other animals in the animal kingdom? I boggles the mind.
Comment by Irma Kulikowski on January 6, 2009 at 11:24pm
Think he needs CPUP:)
Comment by Tracy Leask on January 2, 2009 at 3:39am
Mine snores too - it's comforting when the hubby is out of town.
Comment by E.M. on December 30, 2008 at 2:00am
What a good puppy for letting you put that on her. Now only if there was a way to help puppies when they snore.

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