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ZolliStar posted a discussion
Sunday
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
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13

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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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