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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.  "
14 hours ago
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. "
16 hours ago
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

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At 3:38pm on January 2, 2009, E.M. said…
I have had two home tests done but both failed due to either not enough data collected or a wire coming out. I was told that I might have a mild case because of my small nose and air way passages. This causes me to snore at times.
I should go to take a sleep test but I am not looking forward to it. The place that my husband went to is like a hospital and I hate hospitals. There is a new sleep lab opening up in my area in a month or two that is more inviting and comfortable. I plan on going there.
At 1:21pm on January 2, 2009, Cindy said…
Thanks so much. I didn't mind the air pressure, but the mask made me feel very claustrophobic. I couldn't fall asleep with it on; I couldn't keep it on for more than an hour. I changed HMOs recently and just requested an appointment with my PCP to get back on this. Thanks.
At 12:33pm on January 2, 2009, Cindy said…
I've had several sleep studies, all of which diagnosed moderate sleep apnea. I tried CPAP and couldn't tolerate the face mask (even the "new" squishy one - this was a few years ago). I had an oral appliance custom-made by an orthodontist; it helps a little but not much.
At 12:39am on January 2, 2009, Curtizzzzz said…
I've been on CPAP since October 2004. My wife suspected I had sleep apnea and suggested I talk to my internal medicine doctor. He said since I had no physical signs (such as being grossly overweight with a large neck) there was no chance I had sleep anea,
Two years later I told the same doctor about an incident I had had on vacation. My brother (who has sleep apnea) and I slept in the same room at my sister's cabin. He said I kept him awake with my snoring and he saw me gasping for air.
The doctor arranged a steep study right away.
At 9:18pm on January 1, 2009, Anne said…
Thanks, it will be great to have someone to talk to who has been there done that!!
I have had a machine since 2002. I haven't had very much sucess in using it. I have tried most of the masks and always find myself ripping it off by 4 am after not having had very good sound sleep.
I recently have tried using a nose strip and taping my mouth shut....It seems to me to work well.
I would like to be tested doing this but my sleep center won't do it! "They don't want to take the risk!" I'm very frustrated about the whole process!!
At 1:03pm on January 1, 2009, Doug Henry said…
Hi. I am not sure which Respironics machine nor which mask that i use. but I use them faithfully every night. I have been on CPAP for almost 5 years. I have talked with CPAP reps and they told me that insurance will pay for a new machine every 5 years, so I am excited to learn about the new machines that are available in my area. Supposedly they are quieter and have better masks.

Thanks for the comment.

-doug-
At 7:02pm on December 31, 2008, RichM said…
Just found this site, I have been on CPAP since 1998 and starting on monday I will be on BPAP due to my resent sleep study since I was in a car accident almost 2 years ago and recieved a head injury along with other problems. They found out that I am now having Central sleep Apnea. I just came back from one of my friends house who will be going in for a sleep study soon. Both him and is older brother were in Vietnam and were exposed to agent orange. His brother just died at age 61 this past Nov. due to sleep apena which was one of the many problems that he had due to agent orange. He having some of the same problems with his heart and low o2 levels in his blood. He was wondering if anyone else has seen a possible link to Sleep Apnea and Agent Orange. He is going to the VA and they are the ones who will be doing the sleep study. They want to do a home study first before they do due one in a sleep center. I have never heard anything like that being done before. But I guess the VA is trying to save money. I told him about this site with hopes that it might help him.
Thanks
Rich M.
At 2:12pm on December 31, 2008, Gary said…
(actually his wife Victoria typing) I haven't gotten treatment because in order to go to a sleep clinic you have to have a refferal. I balk terribly at the thought of going to a Dr. unless I'm bleeding. Also, the friends I've talked to (several) have either had the surgery or tried the mask .......to no avail. Did I also mention that my wife tells me that what I feel is what she hears when she lays her head on my chest. My heart skips a beat periodically. About every 30 beats.
At 1:05pm on December 30, 2008, Melodie said…
THanks!
At 12:44pm on December 30, 2008, Melodie said…
Carol,
Thanks so much for the info on the software and also the other group where I can get more info on my machine. It is complex and I love it, but do have more questions about it than the Respiratory Therapist was able to answer, and my physician only tells me that this is what I need for my central sleep apnea.........no further explanations! I do see the doc tomorrow and intend to ask him a lot of questions, as he is treating not only my sleep apnea, but also the emphysema, and several other problems.
Again, thanks for the info! And I hope you will add me to your "friends" on sleepguide.com
Melodie
At 10:07pm on December 29, 2008, Firefly said…
Thanky for the Welcome, I have just been feeling my way around and reading some really great articles on here.(In between watching Bones and Miami CSI..lolol). I really like this site. I feel comfortable here. Looks like some really good folks on here ...
At 6:24pm on December 16, 2008, Mike said…
Thanks for joining, SleepyCarol! Please check back daily --- I'll be posting something new everyday.

Best,
Mike

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