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Ex-smokers: Did your nasal turbinates ever return to their normal size, or shrink at all?

I quit smoking more than 2 years ago, and was hoping that would help shrink my nasal turbinates, but that's not the case.  Can anyone comment on this regarding their own experience?  I had one…Continue

Started Nov 23, 2010

Why does CPAP plug my nose, and causes acid reflux?
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Anybody else have this problem?  I put on my CPAP and go to sleep, and within a couple hours my nose is plugged and throat burning from acid reflux.  Thanks for any responses.

Started this discussion. Last reply by 99 Aug 18, 2010.

How do you keep your mouth shut when you're sleeping?
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Just baffles me.  If you go into "sleep paralysis" in your sleep, what keeps your mouth shut?

Tags: lips, closed, sleeping, shut, mouth

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Jul 12, 2010.

TAP lll for edentulous patients (full upper and partial lower dentures)?
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Does anyone have knowledge or experience using the TAP lll for edentulous patients (full upper and partial lower dentures)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt May 24, 2010.

 

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If Machine Being Used, What Type? (e.g., Respironics M Series with A-Flex Auto-Adjusting CPAP)
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Mirage Quattro ff with a ton of tape, very uncomfortable and ineffective

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At 10:44am on May 26, 2010, Steven Y. Park, MD said…
Matt, I sent a link for the recording for everyone that registered. Here it is again.
At 3:30pm on May 21, 2010, Mary Z said…
Matt, Hadn't heard from you in a while. Hope you're doing ok.
You're missed on the forum.

Mary Z.
At 11:20am on April 18, 2010, Mary Z said…
Thanks Matt, I'm glad to be your friend.
Mary
At 11:05am on April 2, 2010, Mary Z said…
Matt, good luck with the trach if you do decide to go for it. Please keep us posted.
Mary Z.
At 5:38pm on January 2, 2010, 99 said…
hi matt i am slipping as i did not send a welcome to you so here it is now welcome matt
At 5:27pm on January 2, 2010, sleepycarol said…
Was wondering about you and thought I would drop you a line.

My husband's family has MD (muscular dystrophy) in the family with his 2 brothers and 2 nephews having had it. Along with the MD came some paralysis for them. I realize that this isn't what you are battling, but does give one insight in how difficult it must be for you. I hope that you can get your problems resolved and can continue to live as independently as possible.
At 4:42am on December 18, 2009, Matt said…
Dr. Jones, I understand your reservations and advice.

I'm in a position common for folks with SCI (spinal cord injury). CPAPtalk.com has an article titled Sleep Apnea Syndrome in Spinal Cord Injury that states 25-40% of quadriplegics suffer from sleep apnea. A large majority of SCI also experience high levels of neuropathic pain, myself included. I believe there is a correlation.

Your book touches on the reaction of the sympathetic nervous system to apneic episodes. The hyped sympathetic nervous system is the mechanism that touches off my neuro pain, and the parasympathetic system is unable to counteract it, as it would do in able-bodied folks.

I've lived 20 years believing neuro pain goes with SCI. But if I get a good sleep session on my PAP, the pain is greatly diminished upon awakening (when it's otherwise normally heightened).

So yes, I'll follow through with this and let you know what happens. Won't happen as fast as with Barrett Craig, though. Seattle VA hospital is no place for me in winter.

Matt
At 11:02am on December 17, 2009, Mack D Jones, MD, SAAN said…
Matt, I am glad you deleted my message, because it was incorrect. I would have to ask a pulmonologist sleep doc for the solution because the system almost certainly has to be closed and a Montgomery canula isn't.

I think you may have some options that should work very well, but you need to get with your pulmonologist on this and see what the best set up is for you.

Keep in touch. I'd like to know what works best for you and pass it on to others who may be in a similar situation.
At 7:41am on December 17, 2009, Matt said…
Man I'm not liking the idea of this! How can I be independent and continue to live alone, if I can't take care of the trach on my own?? Gonna have to ponder on this awhile, might just have to let nature take its course... I feel darn near retarded already!

Thanks for listening!

Matt
At 7:32am on December 17, 2009, Matt said…
A bit more reflection on this...

I suppose Montgomery cannula would be out of the question used in conjunction with PAP, as it would likely become dislodged under such pressures...correct me if I'm wrong?

Thanks again,
Matt
 
 
 

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