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ZolliStar replied to Dan Lyons's discussion CPAP & Dry Mouth
"Dan, Do you use a chin strap?  If you're a mouth breather, you may need a chin strap so that your mouth stays closed. It's important to keep it closed throughout the night for a lot of reasons -- mouth, dental, etc., etc. I've…"
Nov 24, 2016
99 replied to 99's discussion Five Day Cure obstructI've sleep apnea
"Wed 9  9 mg Thursday 10 missed  Friday 11 9mg have insomnia  going skip rest until insomnia goes away Just did maths had my five days"
Nov 11, 2016
99 replied to 99's discussion Five Day Cure obstructI've sleep apnea
"Day after tomorrow I mean trump day wed 9 9mg "
Nov 9, 2016
99 replied to 99's discussion Five Day Cure obstructI've sleep apnea
"Day two Monday 7 Nov 9mg very relaxed Day three Tuesday 8 Nov 9mg sniffles appears to have stopped  must reduce dose"
Nov 8, 2016
99 replied to 99's discussion Five Day Cure obstructI've sleep apnea
"Start treatment again  Nov 6 @ 2100 first day"
Nov 6, 2016
99 replied to 99's discussion Five Day Cure obstructI've sleep apnea
"Day 5 not quite there must quit treetment for non and have at least a five day break But even so my health has improved "
Nov 1, 2016
99 replied to 99's discussion Five Day Cure obstructI've sleep apnea
Nov 1, 2016
99 replied to 99's discussion Five Day Cure obstructI've sleep apnea
"Day three not so good with osa  DAY four better but still not quite there "
Oct 31, 2016
99 replied to 99's discussion Five Day Cure
"Day one immediate improvement to OSA but had insomnia and slight constapation Day two flatulence greatly reduced muscle tighten"
Oct 29, 2016
99 posted a discussion

Five Day Cure

I believe I have found a cure that only take five days which I am trialing now It has many benificial side effects as well by reducing snoring to name onePM ME as I do not want mainstream media to find out and have it banned as I fear that is how it will goWill try again after a little breakIn addition will increase omega 3And thirdly a chiropractic to realign atlas bone in spine is just a passing thought See More
Oct 28, 2016
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"BluePoint Medical* holding their next Remedy event on June 4 with Terry Cralle, RN on "Sleep in the Mordern Family".  They will also be checking CPAP machines and providing breakfast. Click on link above for more…"
May 7, 2016
Dan Lyons posted a discussion

CPAP & Dry Mouth

In recent months, I have developed extreme dry mouth as a result of the CPAP.  I am a mouth breather when using CPAP.Recently, I saw an advertisement for the symptoms of dry mouth, but as usual, when I need the information to have a discussion with both my primary care  physician and my dentist I haven't seen the ad. Has anyone else seen the ad and can anyone remember the info in the ad?Thanks in advance,DanSee More
Mar 30, 2016
richard graham posted a status
"My deductible is double what a machine is online but I can't get the machine set up. Any ideas?"
Mar 10, 2016
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"Hi all. I am just checking in and saying hi after being gone for a long time. I am doing GREAT! Just got a new machine and mask. Feel like I"
Jan 23, 2016
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Jan 23, 2016
99 replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
"Do not turn light on as this hinder you from falling asleep or choose red light instead which do not afect your sleep"
Oct 27, 2015
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"Hi Rhondda I am visiting pelham and have osa"
Oct 27, 2015
For all of you who don't know the difference between A-Flex and C-Flex on Respironics CPAP machines, you're in good company. Each is a comfort option on the most popular Respironics CPAP machines that makes it easier to tolerate CPAP treatment. A-Flex is a little more comfortable than C-Flex, in that it provides pressure relief on both inhalation and exhalation. C-Flex only provides pressure relief on exhalation.

However, there is often a trade-off between comfort and the most optimal treatment, and that certainly is the case with the distinction between A-Flex and C-Flex. When a CPAP machine's algorithm allows for pressure relief, that of course means the pressure is being reduced. But the very reason we use Positive Airway Pressure in the first place is to have that pressure. So when the pressure is reduced, we are at greater risk for having apneas and hypopneas. On the other hand, if we can't tolerate the pressure without the comfort settings switched on, we will not use the treatment at all, and our machines will become doorstops. A-Flex, one prominent sleep physician told me, is considered the "training wheels" of CPAP therapy because it is the ultimate in comfort settings, and can get people used to CPAP therapy until they are ready to go to the next step, which would be C-Flex. Ideally, though, we'd wean ourselves off both comfort settings, and optimize our treatment in the process.

Most doctors won't tell you about the purposes of these settings, and how to view them in the context of your overall treatment. We at SleepGuide hope you take this information into the total mix of information as you make your CPAP treatment decisions.

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Comment by Judy on January 24, 2009 at 7:26pm
Daniel, at some point I just found it more comfortable w/o Ramp and eventually also found it more comfortable w/o EPR and C-Flex as well. It had nothing to do w/my AHI and everything to do w/being more comfortable w/o. Its like some of us find it more comfortable to stay in Auto mode if we have an Auto whilst others of us find it more comfortable to NOT have the constant pressure changes once we've found that "sweet spot" of pressure level(s) I guarantee you I am a creature of comfort whether it is CPAP therapy or choice of clothing..
Comment by Daniel on January 24, 2009 at 7:09pm
As long as your symptoms are being relieved and your AHI is below 5, what's wrong with being comfortable? I have to object to the notion of "weaning off comfort settings." While most people who are successful with CPAP eventually ditch the ramp feature, I don't see any reason to wean yourself, as long as the therapy is effective.
Comment by Judy on January 24, 2009 at 6:17pm
Sorry, Spencer, I don't have the slightest idea about that.
Comment by Dave on January 24, 2009 at 5:54pm
Thanks for your feedback Judy. That insight on resmed is interesting. So your opinion is that exhalation pressure relief would probably not have an impact on hypopnea events?
Comment by Judy on January 24, 2009 at 5:38pm
Like you I no longer use or even like EPR or C-Flex (never tried A-Flex or any M Series device). They were nice features when I first started CPAP but in a very short time I turned off Ramp, Settling, EPR and C-Flex. I do think they are comfort features that can make acclimating to CPAP much easier for many of us.
Comment by Judy on January 24, 2009 at 5:33pm
I can't answer your question, Spencer, but it is pretty much widely accepted that the Resmed xPAPs tend to score hypopneas more aggressively than the other brands. There are some good Resmed interviews at the Talk About Sleep apnea support forum. I've read the explanation for why the Resmeds tend to score hypopneas more aggressively but I can't remember where nor the link. There was also at least one medical journal report on a study between a Resmed, a Respironics and a third brand I've forgotten and the slight differences between them - but again I didn't bookmark and don't remember where to find the link again. Grrrr.
Comment by Dave on January 24, 2009 at 4:30pm
I have successfully weaned myself off of first a GoodKnight 425 BiPap and then a M-series BiPap Equivalent. I switched to the resmed s8 autoset ii, because I wanted the auto adjusting pressure (w/o relief or bipap functionality) and didn't need the 'comfort' feature anymore. It seems I am having very few apnea events anymore and mostly hypopnea. I am so used the pressure now, that I often wonder if the machine is even on! When I am not sure, I purposely make a temporary leak in my mask by lifting it slightly and make sure the air rushes by!

I am also starting to wonder - what causes my hypopnea? Am I not exhaling fully due to the pressure, thereby preventing a full inhalation? So my main question now is - Now that I've tweaked my pressure well to get my apnea events close to 0, is it possible I may actually benefit medically (reduce my Hypopnea with no adverse affect on apnea events) from exhalation relief? or over time, might my body adopt (do breathing muscles strengthen?) and reduce my hypopnea events?

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