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POLL about COPD device using, and results

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View Poll Results: IF you have had and used a COPD or apnea machine
Did it work with wonderful results, no complaints?
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37.50%
Did it work, but uncomfortable to use for you and spouse?
1
12.50%
Was the cure more problem than the problem?
1
12.50%
Was it a waste of time and money; I just can't get used to it?
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37.50%
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POLL about COPD device using, and results

Old 11-12-2014, 07:11 PM
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My 40 year old son is in good health, but 40 pounds overweight on a muscular frame. He says he hasn't had a good night sleep for 15 years, other than the nights he sleeps here at our house by himself. Private BR, no light, no noise, no alarm clock.

He went to a sleep apnea clinic and was bombarded with sales pitches about buying a $2000 breathing machine. He asked our advice.

Poll is for those that have bought and used one of those CPAP machines... Thanks.

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Old 11-12-2014, 07:16 PM
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P.S. since I sleep like the dead, I'm clueless about terminology.

If COPD isn't related to sleep deprivation, then I just watched the wrong commercials?

He was talking about machines that seem to make people sleep through the night. Does that help?
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:25 PM
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COPD is lung disease, emphysema from smoking and such. Sounds like your son has sleep apnea, which can cause some issues. At the least a poor night's sleep; at the worst sudden death. Reggie White, hall of fame linebacker died in his sleep due to severe sleep apnea. If the CPAP is medically indicated by a sleep study insurance may pay for it.
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Why are your poll selections questions?
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I went through the same thing your son is going through now. I ended up the machine and it is a "bear" to get used to (or at least it was for me). In the first month I stopped using it about 3-4 times. It was just too uncomfortable. In the second month I quit about 2 times. To shorten the story, it took me a full six months to get used to wearing the darned thing!

I will say though that it totally cured my bad sleeping experiences. The first full night of use was a revelation, even though it was uncomfortable. I felt totally refreshed and alert in the morning for the first time in years. I was no long sleepy or groggy during the day.
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Old 11-13-2014, 06:14 AM
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I have a friend who found out he has Sleep apnea when he went to college. His room mate would hear him stop breathing in the night for minutes at a time turning colors then suddenly start gasping for air. He has a CPAP machine now and swears by it.
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Just curious, where you mention he is 40lbs overweight, if he lost the weight would he still have the sleep issue?
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:05 AM
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Can't vote, never used it....but with all the patients I've worked with I would say do it.
He obviously has Obstructive sleep apnea, a simple CPAP at night will help tremendously. My dad uses the nasal CPAP and can't sleep without it. Talk to the rep and they can find a comfortable fit for him. Don't settle for an uncomfortable fit, there are so many models and custom fit mask out there.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:07 AM
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talking about CPAP or COPD- two very different things.
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Best thing Ive ever done for my health was to get a CPAP. Hard to get used to at first but after you do you cant sleep without it. I sleep much better at night, no longer snore, which allows my wife to sleep better as well.
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
Just curious, where you mention he is 40lbs overweight, if he lost the weight would he still have the sleep issue?
I doubt that most people like being over their best weight, but if they are at that weight and can't seem to lose it, then it becomes a, "given", and other cures are considered (I guess).


To answer 29's question, I've been told that it's a CPAP machine. I can't change the title, though.
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Old 11-13-2014, 11:08 AM
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Let's say that he decides to try a CPAP. Where to get them, what things to look for, and is $2000 a fair amount to pay? Any reason not to shop for one on eBay or CL?
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