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Old 08-23-2012, 04:07 PM
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Finally did it after putting it off for many years. It wasn't exactly fun or easy, but it wasn't too bad. Pretty tired right now and plan to go to bed early tonight though. I have a follow up appt. Monday and then they will tell me all the results and schedule my 2nd sleep study. I'm pretty excited to finally get this ball rolling and can't wait to see the results.

Anyone have recommendations on CPAP models and/or masks? Thanks.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:09 PM
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My wife just got the results from her second study. It was negative for Narcolepsy. First study results wer mild sleep apnea. endocronologist tests concluded Epstein Bar. Good news is no need for Narcolepsy medication (very expensive). Bad news is no cure for Epstein Barr.

She found the mask that covered her entire nose to be the most comfortable and we are leasing the machine until we own it.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:26 AM
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
Finally did it after putting it off for many years. It wasn't exactly fun or easy, but it wasn't too bad. Pretty tired right now and plan to go to bed early tonight though. I have a follow up appt. Monday and then they will tell me all the results and schedule my 2nd sleep study. I'm pretty excited to finally get this ball rolling and can't wait to see the results.

Anyone have recommendations on CPAP models and/or masks? Thanks.
The mask I liked was the one that just fit into my nostrals but my machine's 10 years old they don't even make them like that anymore, most have a spray mist etc. hookup mine doesn't have any of that only air.

I went in for my sleep study over 10 years ago and the guy woke me up after an hour and said you can go home if you want to because you have it worst than anyone I've seen before we know you need the breathing machine.
The video and all the sticky monitor wires showed how I'd yank and jerk then I'd get to the top of a deep snore and that was it I'd stop breathing. I was unconsiously woke up about every minute, it showed 62 times I woke in that one hour and I've been using the cpap every since.Of course I don't like it but sleeping without it makes Jack a mean tired mean boy.
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The mask I liked was the one that just fit into my nostrals but my machine's 10 years old they don't even make them like that anymore, most have a spray mist etc. hookup mine doesn't have any of that only air.

I went in for my sleep study over 10 years ago and the guy woke me up after an hour and said you can go home if you want to because you have it worst than anyone I've seen before we know you need the breathing machine.
The video and all the sticky monitor wires showed how I'd yank and jerk then I'd get to the top of a deep snore and that was it I'd stop breathing. I was unconsiously woke up about every minute, it showed 62 times I woke in that one hour and I've been using the cpap every since.Of course I don't like it but sleeping without it makes Jack a mean tired mean boy.
They do make one that just covers the nose, but not sure how it works. That's funny that they told you to go home after an hour! I think the whole process is more about making money than helping people. It would be a lot better if they woke you in the middle of the night, fitted the Cpap on and continued recording your info. I can't wait to see what they tell me on Monday.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
Finally did it after putting it off for many years. It wasn't exactly fun or easy, but it wasn't too bad. Pretty tired right now and plan to go to bed early tonight though. I have a follow up appt. Monday and then they will tell me all the results and schedule my 2nd sleep study. I'm pretty excited to finally get this ball rolling and can't wait to see the results.

Anyone have recommendations on CPAP models and/or masks? Thanks.

Their is going to be many factors. Are you a month or nose breather? My bet is you breath thru your nose. They have everything from full face, I ripped mine off after 30 minutes. I had the most success with the one that goes against your nose, Res Medic??? I bet the bullet and lost 20lbs......guess what it worked. I still snore a little but it beats the hell out of using a mask
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The mask I liked was the one that just fit into my nostrals but my machine's 10 years old they don't even make them like that anymore, most have a spray mist etc. hookup mine doesn't have any of that only air.

I went in for my sleep study over 10 years ago and the guy woke me up after an hour and said you can go home if you want to because you have it worst than anyone I've seen before we know you need the breathing machine.
The video and all the sticky monitor wires showed how I'd yank and jerk then I'd get to the top of a deep snore and that was it I'd stop breathing. I was unconsiously woke up about every minute, it showed 62 times I woke in that one hour and I've been using the cpap every since.Of course I don't like it but sleeping without it makes Jack a mean tired mean boy.

Sorry, but I got you beat. I was sent home in about 15 minutes. I didn't even realize I had fallen asleep, when she came in told mt to put on the mask. 1st without, and that is when they woke me up and gave me the mask. went back to sleep and 10 minutes later, they told me to go home. It took longer to fill out the paperwork and get all the monitor wires on.

CPAP makes a huge difference once you get used to it. Never know what real sleep was like. Now I feel 1000% better during the day. Much sharper mentally

I have the basic Respironics mask; the triangle that goes over the nose. I do want to try the full face mask though as I often wake up with a very dry mouth
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Sorry, but I got you beat. I was sent home in about 15 minutes. I didn't even realize I had fallen asleep, when she came in told mt to put on the mask. 1st without, and that is when they woke me up and gave me the mask. went back to sleep and 10 minutes later, they told me to go home. It took longer to fill out the paperwork and get all the monitor wires on.

CPAP makes a huge difference once you get used to it. Never know what real sleep was like. Now I feel 1000% better during the day. Much sharper mentally

I have the basic Respironics mask; the triangle that goes over the nose. I do want to try the full face mask though as I often wake up with a very dry mouth
Have you tried using a chin strap to keep your mouth closed? You can also try and turn up the humidity level on the machine, not too much or it will give you other problems
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I've had my CPap since the late 90's. Took several months to adjust to wearing the mask. I tried several types and settled on nose cover mask. My cpap had the built in tank which I add distilled water. Setting of 1-5. I sleep on level 4. Don't remember how many times I actually stopped breathing during the test, but it was enough that the tech awaken me and sent me home early. Prior to these test I would stop breathing during the night, toss and turn constantly and wake up feeling as though I had been in a battle all night. Always tired the next day and no energy. Wearing the mask changed my life drastically. Prior to retiring I traveled a great deal and would always pack my cpap first. Without it I'm a monster the next day. Occassionly I'll fall to sleep without my mask and my wife will wake me up and remind me to put the mask on so that she can sleep.
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Thanks for the replies, I am excited to see the results on Monday and schedule my 2nd sleep study with the CPAP. Do you guys have any visible marks on your face in the morning after about half an hour or so or do they go away pretty fast?
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:15 PM
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Well they invited me back for another night!

I stopped breathing 96 times in about 6 hours! They said this is the high end of mild apnea. Hate to see what severe is like! I hate that I have to go through all the BS just to get a machine. I want it now.
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Well they invited me back for another night!

I stopped breathing 96 times in about 6 hours! They said this is the high end of mild apnea. Hate to see what severe is like! I hate that I have to go through all the BS just to get a machine. I want it now.
This will probably be a titration study to determine the pressure needed to splint your obstruction. The CPAP prescription will have a prescribed pressure or pressure parameters.
The top mfgs of CPAPs all have internal software that will be downloadable to track your compliance and provide additional info to your sleep doc.
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Well they invited me back for another night!

I stopped breathing 96 times in about 6 hours! They said this is the high end of mild apnea. Hate to see what severe is like! I hate that I have to go through all the BS just to get a machine. I want it now.
Yep that's not bad mine was 60 and over in an hour, averaged out to have been about once a minute I'd wake. My cpap is the old type no water just air and I don't have any marks but mine just fits in my nostrils. Sometimes the nostrils get small sores from the material the mask is made from I guess but if you use small amount of Bacitracin Zinc Ointment they go right away.
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I really dis-like the mask, but it does help me sleep. If I actually make it all the way through the night with it still on my face it's a small miracle though, it always winds up on the floor at some point, lol. It was nice, my wife had given up sleeping in the same room with me prior to the mask. She's a light sleep, and I'm a heavy snorer. It does make a huge difference though, I get a much better night's sleep with it, and feel much better all day.
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Diagnosed with severe sleep apnea years ago. Did the c-pap thing for a year. Could NEVER get a mask that didnt leak. Did the full face thing, even taped my mouth shut (NOT a good idea). The Dr finally sent me to a dentist that specialized in mouthpieces (not the ones you see advertised in mags etc). They hold your lower jaw forward which opens the airway. (In CPR, the first thing they tell you is pull the persons lower jaw FORWARD to open the airway). After I received the mouthpiece, he sent me home with a pulse oximiter, which measures your o2 level all night. It came back fine so I know it was working. Ive had it for many years now, This is an option for someone who just cant make the c pap work for them, for whatever reason. Should you start to snore again, they can adjust the mouthpiece to pull your jaw forward even more..
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So my wife says I snore, and I am aware that I wake up 2-5 times a night. I slept pretty good until about 5 years ago. I'm now 51.

When do you decide to get checked out?

I occasionally take a benedryl and melatonin but I'm not sure it is really helping. I sleep a little better when I take them, but it is probably masking other issues.
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So my wife says I snore, and I am aware that I wake up 2-5 times a night. I slept pretty good until about 5 years ago. I'm now 51.

When do you decide to get checked out?

I occasionally take a benedryl and melatonin but I'm not sure it is really helping. I sleep a little better when I take them, but it is probably masking other issues.

Snoring is not necessarily an indicator of sleep apnea. Ask your wife if you are silent and then gasp for air. If she says yes, you are a candidate. I'm learning how dangerous this can be long-term and how easy it is to never realize you have it. I put off the sleep study for the past 5 years! I just didn't want to do it, for whatever reason. I am excited now though that I am halfway there. By next Friday I should have a prescription and then I'll get a Cpap!
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Snoring is not necessarily an indicator of sleep apnea. Ask your wife if you are silent and then gasp for air. If she says yes, you are a candidate. I'm learning how dangerous this can be long-term and how easy it is to never realize you have it. I put off the sleep study for the past 5 years! I just didn't want to do it, for whatever reason. I am excited now though that I am halfway there. By next Friday I should have a prescription and then I'll get a Cpap!
I just asked her and she said it sounds more like my snoring is waking me up, and that I am not gasping for air. I'll tell her more sex will help her sleep better.

In all seriousness, I hope the mask helps. I know it is a serious condition.
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Always go for the more sex angle whenever you can, even if it only works sometimes you're ahead of the game!

I'm hoping it helps, I'll let everyone know.
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I've always been a fitful, tossing and turning sleeper and can't tolerate the mask. Lost about 40 lbs and that has helped a lot.

Hospital wanted 2200.00 for a cpap, I bought one at a medical supply for 1200.00 It has humidifier and computer card. Will take 800.00 Not used much.
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Always go for the more sex angle whenever you can, even if it only works sometimes you're ahead of the game!

I'm hoping it helps, I'll let everyone know.
I have a female doctor and I prefered that to be my choice when they started at about age 45 wanting to check my prostrate and I just couldn't see a man doing it so it worked out where they had a female doctor I liked.
Anyways she told me more sex does help the prostrate and even sent a note home, lol. She's a good one.........She evens checks for hernias and holds the boyz and ask me to cough, lol I thought that was a thing of the past
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