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Maggie Buehler updated their profile
Apr 18
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
BeeAsleep posted a status
"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
BeeAsleep updated their profile
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
99 left a comment for Joan Williams Rice
"Hi Joan visiting pelham and I have osa"
Oct 27, 2015
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"Hi maths visiting pelham "
Oct 27, 2015
99 left a comment for Rhonda Harrison
"Hi Rhondda I am visiting pelham and have osa"
Oct 27, 2015
Sleep Apnea Depression. If you're asking which one it is, sleep apnea or depression, you're in good company: unfortunately, primary care physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and patients often confuse sleep apnea and depression. Understandably so. Loss of energy, loss of interest in once enjoyable things, difficulty concentrating and fatigue are common symptoms of depression. But they are also common symptoms of sleep apnea, and new research is continually emerging to show the connection between the two. An article published in the September 2005 issue of the journal Chest concluded that many patients with depression symptoms improved markedly when treated with CPAP. The study showed that of those being treated with CPAP, 40 of the 41 participants taking antidepressants and those not taking them showed decreases in their depression scores.

But if you're relying solely on the opinion of your psychiatrist to treat your depression, a referral to a sleep physician is not likely. Why? Pharmaceutical companies spend tens of millions of dollars in advertising each year to convince psychiatrists and the general public that antidepressants are the way to treat depression. What about when antidepressants don't work? MORE antidepressants! The pharmaceuticals have created a new category of antidepressants which they call "Add-On" antidepressants. By its own admission, one pharmaceutical company that puts out the "Add-On" medication Abilify (aripiprazole) acknowledges that "studies show that approximately two-thirds of those diagnosed with depression did not achieve adequate symptom relief after taking an antidepressant alone."

The bottom line is that if you suffer from depression, and have one or more of the signs of sleep apnea, such as snoring, you'd do yourself a favor by getting evaluated by a sleep physician and not just a psychiatrist. I can tell you from personal experience that this is a good idea. I did it and it changed my life.

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Comment by Banyon on January 10, 2012 at 12:08pm

I will be out for a few days on a business trip. Will someone point Susan Jane Lau in the right direction to get the software and card reader for her machine?

She mentions ResMed but that certainly is the description of a Respironics machine and the humidifier is Respironics. Susan please double check that.

The Respironics bi-pap Pros are all data capable and use Encore Pro or Encore Viewer software. The Respironics cardreader will be needed.

Thanks.

Comment by Susan Jane Lau on January 10, 2012 at 11:27am
Response to Banyon
I have the bi-pap pro/bi-pap sys1 pro 650
Resmed/ bi- pap pro
Ipap22/ epap 18
Serial no. PO41943977585F
C-pap humid/ cpap, humidifier heated
Respironics/C-pap humid
Serial no.H04189963CE5C
Cpap tub6/cpap tubing 6'/cpap tub6
Mask is QuattroFF size smll
Comment by Banyon on January 10, 2012 at 9:28am

Susan Jane Lau,

What is the exact model of your machine and mask? Do you have the software for the machine? If so, what does it show about the effectiveness of your CPAP therapy - number and length of events, leak line?

When CPAP works well it cures and prevents depression in many people. That is because sleep apnea was the sole cause of depression to begin with.

My depression ended when I  got my CPAP therapy working well. At first it was not working well but I got a copy of the software and saw I was still having many apneas despite using CPAP.

I tweaked my settings until the software showed AHI < 2.0. Then the depression went away quickly and energy levels greatly improved.

Comment by Susan Jane Lau on January 10, 2012 at 8:56am
I have been taking Paxil for 2 years. My depression is under control and I have been feeling great. Two weeks ago I was put on a Bipap machine for severe sleep apnea. I like the machine and have no problems with the mask. My pressure was lowered from 22/18 to 18/14. My depression is back in the morning when I get up. The technician said this is not a common side effect.
I am very upset about this. Has this happened to anyone? Will the depression go away with continued use?
Comment by Terry Vella on November 15, 2011 at 7:19pm
Richard, I was dianosed with depression prior to being diagnosed with sleep apnea. I believe the sleep apnea caused the depression although as the article says the symptoms are almost the same and I am not sure if I ever had depression. I am still on meds for the depression but I believe the CPAP has help dramatically and I now use herbal tablets for stress and anxiety. On the mask leaks have you tried mask liners and do you have the hose coming from over your head? These two things have really helped me. I also smear some Vicks Vapor rub under my nose each night and only use a nasal spray if I have a cold. Good Luck.
Comment by richard graham on November 15, 2011 at 1:37pm

Mary, just to add I also suffer lower back pain only when I sleep which adds to my tiredness.  my doc says its because of my weight, so that is something I also need to work on.  thanks

Comment by richard graham on November 15, 2011 at 1:34pm

thanks Mary for your help.  I will look into the depression and something for my nose.  I probably need a new seal for my mask. 

Comment by Mary Z on November 15, 2011 at 12:58pm

If your machine doesn't give you leak data you just have to do the best you can to minimize leaks.  If you're mouth breathing and don't want to use a chin strap or tape, you do need the FFM.  Perhaps your doc can start you on a prescription nasal spray for the stuffy nose.  I am a mouth breather with occasional  nasal stuffiness and I use a total face mask which works fine for me.

Comment by richard graham on November 15, 2011 at 12:39pm

Thanks Mary, I suffer from stuffy nose alot.  I use humidity and breathe rite strips to help but still struggle.  I also am not sure but think I may have a leaky mask.  I use a fisher paykel full face.  I dont have a machine with data and cant afford one, so I have to go by how I feel.  I have used a ultra mirage nasal mask but was mouth breathing.  I would be grateful for any advice.

 

Comment by Mary Z on November 15, 2011 at 12:10pm

richard, you still might want to get checked out for depression, especially if you are having trouble with your CPAP and not able to use it all night, every night.  What kind of problems are you having with your CPAP that we can help you with?

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