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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
7 hours ago
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
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
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Non compliance
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I have been struggling for about 6 weeks to deal with the bipap machine and have not been having good luck.  Between coughing from new blood pressure meds, poorly fitting masks, and the general pain…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Z Jan 5, 2012.

Trouble getting to sleep
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I think I finally have my coughing problem resolved by eliminating the lysinopril BP medicine and now find that I have trouble getting to sleep.  Once asleep I seem to be able to make it through the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris H Sep 14, 2011.

Cough and BP meds and GERD
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On second week of therapy and it is proving a real challenge.  First, the general discomfort with a poor fitting mask, then this cough that keeps happening after about 2 - 4 hours on the machine. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Z Sep 3, 2011.

 

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Kristi Halsey replied to Bill Love's discussion Non compliance
"For leaks you may also find something useful at www.cpapseal.com ;"
Jan 4, 2012
Bill Love replied to Kristi Halsey's discussion Difficulty adjusting to ASV machine
"I had very similar situation when I first started and my pressure levels were set at 6, so I can't really imagine how bad it must be for you.  The thing is that the initial settings may not be what is causing your problem.  The ASV…"
Jan 4, 2012
Bill Love replied to shiawase's discussion central apnea?
"I had not heard about these until your post.  It sounds like it goes WAY beyond anything I want to get involved in.  From what I have been told, CSA is a serious condition, but with bipap therapy, it is controllable without the risk of…"
Nov 16, 2011
Bill Love replied to shiawase's discussion central apnea?
"I was diagnosed with both OSA and CSA about 3 months ago as a result of sleep test.  Dr. tells me that many, if not most, patients with CSA actually develop it as a result of OSA treatment.  Unfortunately, mine was present and with over…"
Nov 15, 2011
Terry Vella replied to Bill Love's discussion Non compliance
"Bill, Re the leaks, It is great that you have them under control, have you tried mask liners and have you raised the hose above your head? I have found that the biggest help for me in reducing leaks."
Nov 9, 2011
Bill Love replied to Bill Love's discussion Non compliance
"After thinking about the way the bipap machine failed, I think I have had a faulty machine all the time.  It would just go into uncontrollable high pressure without any warning.  The new machine (actually an older version of the Resmed…"
Nov 9, 2011
Patricia Jokerst replied to Bill Love's discussion Non compliance
"My name is Patty, I am Sleep Center Manager, the actual dates for CPAP compliance for Medicare patients is 31-91 days.  Medicare will have the DME pull the Machine from the patient, if they are not 70% compliant with CPAP therapy.  Most…"
Nov 9, 2011
Chris H replied to Bill Love's discussion Non compliance
"Hi Bill, The third bp med lostartin has no cough side effect so you may want to look in to that. It took 5 + weeks to loose my ace cough. Humidification also is important more is better for me.( pap dries you out) Getting the mask for you…"
Oct 26, 2011
Bill Love replied to Bill Love's discussion Non compliance
"Originally on lisinopril (ace inhibitor) then switched to metorporol but not quit that as well.  Started prescription zantac to fend off GERD coughing and only being somewhat helpful.  Am I overly optimistic about getting a mask that…"
Oct 25, 2011
Chris H replied to Bill Love's discussion Non compliance
"Hi Bill, I have switched 3 different BP meds in the last few months Are you on ACE or Beta blockers? Good Sleep,Chris"
Oct 25, 2011
Bill Love posted a discussion

Non compliance

I have been struggling for about 6 weeks to deal with the bipap machine and have not been having good luck.  Between coughing from new blood pressure meds, poorly fitting masks, and the general pain in the butt that this has become, my doc tells me that I have past the 30 day window that Medicare uses to get patients up to a compliance level and that the machine will soon be taken back by DME because of non-compliance.  The DME is telling me that the window is 90 days, not 30.  Is my doc just…See More
Oct 20, 2011
Chris H replied to Bill Love's discussion Trouble getting to sleep
"Hi Bill, The "forma" is clunky compared to the Resmed Mirage Quattro, less leakage lower AHI for me. Might want to try it. Cood sleep,Chris Ps. Dark cherry juice may be helpfull....I like it.  "
Sep 14, 2011
Judy replied to Bill Love's discussion Trouble getting to sleep
"I would assume you have discontinued the Lisinopril blood pressure medication w/the full knowledge and approval of your doctors???   Just wanted to make sure.   It could be the starting Ramp pressure is too low, or Ramp is set for too…"
Sep 14, 2011
ZolliStar replied to Bill Love's discussion Trouble getting to sleep
"I'm a newbie (diagnosed June, 2011) so take this for what it's worth:   1.  One of the challenging aspects of adapting to a CPAP is the mask. Several people have told me that it took the testing of several different masks before…"
Sep 8, 2011
Bill Love replied to RockRpsgt's discussion How To Properly Fit a Mask. From a Techs Point of View.
"Thanks for posting this.  I wish the Tech who set me up had told me this the first time.  I will definitely try it tonight and see how it goes.  Again, thanks."
Sep 8, 2011
Bill Love posted a discussion

Trouble getting to sleep

I think I finally have my coughing problem resolved by eliminating the lysinopril BP medicine and now find that I have trouble getting to sleep.  Once asleep I seem to be able to make it through the night.  I have started melatonin but the pharmacist says that it sometimes takes up to several months for that to kick in.   Been on therapy with a BiPAP device for about 3 weeks and still struggling with the discomfort from the mask (Paykel Forma full face mask).  Many have told me to just hang in…See More
Sep 8, 2011

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At 11:01am on August 31, 2011, Mary Z said…
Bill,  as a fellow member of the forum I would like to welcome you to SleepGuide.  I hope you enjoy the discussions and feel free to participate or ask questions.

Mary Z.

 
 
 

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