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Old 10-18-2016, 04:59 AM
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I had a sleep study done the other night and the tech told me that I could really benefit from a cpap machine. He said that I stopped breathing for 16 seconds at one point. I am very tired all of the time, even after sleeping for 10 hours. 6 hours or 10 hours I feel the same.
I know that there are some people with sleep apnea that stop breathing for up to 3 minutes at a time.
I was told that apnea will age you very fast.
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:02 AM
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I had one and once you get used to it things get much better. In my case I ended up losing a bunch of weight and stopped using it. Give it a go. You will be surprised at the results.
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:40 AM
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I have used mine for two years. Biggest thing for me was finding a mask that fit well. It has really helped me quite a bit.
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:01 AM
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I have been on one for about ten years. You will be amazed at how much better you feel. Your wife will love that you will no longer snore. The mask takes some time getting used to but it is worth it. I fought with mine for the first couple of nights but once I started getting into deep sleep with it I was able to start seeing results. One tip I can offer is that you have to kind of get into a rhythm of breathing with the machine. If you get out of rhythm you will be trying to breathe out while it is forcing air in. Just tip the mask up to break the seal and start over. It will make more sense when you have it on. Good luck!
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:11 AM
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I got one last year. It was night and day in the quality of my sleep.
If they suggest getting one, do it. Get a mask that is comfortable and use it all night.
I use to fall asleep sitting on the couch. I was tired right when I woke up.
Now I sleep 7 hours on the dot and I haven't napped since last year!
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:27 AM
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Sounds like I am going to get one. My follow up appointment is later this week.

So, Do you notice a difference in your energy levels throughout the day?
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While I'm glad folks have seen great results using these machines, I went through three testing cycles and three different machines and could never get used to any of them.

Also, I firmly believe that as with most things that make people lots of money in life, these are being given out like candy and most all that have the sleep study done seem to need them.

Just my take.

I would get at least one more opinion, from someone you do your research on, and you pay for the study. That way the company that you paid, knows they will not be making money on thier decision, so no pressure. Greed is truly rampant these days, ESPECIALLY in the medical field.

Again, just my opinion.

Good luck!
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Your organs are literally dying when they are not receiving properly oxygenated blood. Heart, brain, liver, etc.. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea you will definitely benefit from the therapy if you can get used to it.
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does take time to get used to it .I have had it for 2 years and I was diagnosed with a small air way.I actually had 3 opinions and looked up the diagnoses to find out they were right. Made my life totally better
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There are several threads on this subject.
Lot's of good info.

I started July 12, 2016.
Was told I:
- would no longer be able to nap during the day.
- would not be sleepy while driving.
- would feel ready to go in the morning.
- and everything else others have been told.

Before I started and was getting the low down while being fitted for the mask I was actually all giddy about waking up and being ready to take on the day with energy I didn't have before.
I thought this will change my life in a dramatic way and I could not wait to sleep the first night.
Wake up with energy, work all day, feeling like exercising after work, loose weight, fish all day w/o being tired.

I had NO PROBLEM falling asleep with the full mask. I was so tired at night, I went right to sleep. That plus I knew it may ward off a heart attack and other sleep issues so for my health at 59, I wanted it to work.

Well I am sad to say, it was not the dramatic change I was expecting.
I think I do feel better but nothing to write home about.

The sleep test said I was waking up 25+/- time an hour.
The CPAP SD card says (in the doctors follow up visit) I am waking up 5 times an hour with it. So that is a great improvement.

I told the Doc the high pressure point setting was actually waking me up when the mask seal was breached and leaked. I'd tighten the mask (full face) but it still happened.
He said I should not have to have it that tight.
He reduced the high pressure from 20 to 16. It may have helped a bit.
I asked why don't I feel significantly better by now?
He said, sometimes it takes 6 months.

With my great insurance , I had to meet my deductible so I have to shell out $1400.00 to get the CPAP.
That and the rotator cuff issue (operation July 26) I have met the $2000.00 deductible and the max $4000.00 max out of pocket.... Yea.

I say get the sleep study to know how many times you are waking up per hour.
Get fitted for a mask that you can sleep with.
Stick with it no matter what.
Check the improvement on the follow up doctors visit.

Good luck.

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Originally Posted by agallant80 View Post
I had one and once you get used to it things get much better. In my case I ended up losing a bunch of weight and stopped using it. Give it a go. You will be surprised at the results.
Same with a few friends of mine.
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Yep, about 2 years...best thing I have done..much more rested..
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90+ events an hour, O2 regularly dropped to low 60%'s. I was in bad shape physically.

Making the treatment work will be a pain in the rear end, but once you get it dialed in and working you'll really appreciate what real sleep is and will never want to go without it again.

A mask that works was the biggest hurdle for me. Full face masks won't fit me, and my mouth drops open when I sleep.

Sucks, but it works and I'd probably be dead without it.

The best forum I've found is http://www.cpaptalk.com/
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For those of you that have had trouble adapting to the mask, you may want to look into a dental appliance to bring your lower jaw forward. I own a dental lab, and the number of these appliances going out the door is on the rise by quite a bit. Costs are usually under $600, and covered by medical as well as dental.
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Try a nasal pillow mask first. It's much easier to sleep with than a full mask.
Go online and get an autopap. The unit will adjust the titrations through the night using built in algorithms. You can buy an autopap for about $500 and it's the same unit a doctor will prescribe you from a home health place.
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Try a nasal pillow mask first. It's much easier to sleep with than a full mask.
Go online and get an autopap. The unit will adjust the titrations through the night using built in algorithms. You can buy an autopap for about $500 and it's the same unit a doctor will prescribe you from a home health place.
Try a nasal pillow mask first.
If using the nasal pillow, your mouth MUST be shut all the time.
When the pressure builds it will expand your cheeks like a balloon until your lips come apart breaking the "seal" therefore not forcing the pressurized air in your throat (to keep it open) and lungs.
The set up lady said they have a chin strap. My reply, The jaw opening isn't the issue. Is it ones lips coming apart that breaks the seal, therefore leaking.


You can buy an autopap for about $500
I thought a machine had to be acquired through a doctor? They need to know and adjust the settings on the machine.
Guess not.

This what they gave me for $1400.

https://www.sleepdirect.com/cpap-mac...FZZZhgod48kGmw

The web site above total with the way I got it is $673.90.
I was taken, I believe.


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My sleep Dr. said I was the poster child for sleep apnea. I used to fall asleep at stop signs, in movies, meetings, even at the dinner table. I LOVE my CPAP and really believe it saved my life. I was a runner and pretty fit but always had high BP. After a few weeks on CPAP I was off meds, had renewed vigor and was enjoying life. It takes a few days/weeks to get use to the mask but just push through the inconvenience and USE IT!

Find a Dr. that actually has someone who will fit you with the right mask and try new ones until you get the right fit. I used a Phillips Comfort Gel with decent fit for about 12 years (I get a new one every 3 - 4 months). They leak a bit but were OK. Six months ago my fitter convinced me to try a new mask - an F&P ESON. I really like the ESON. No leaks at all. I have a fairly high air flow (12.4) and the new mask works great. I wish I found it when I first started.

I suggest staying away from the nose pillows unless you have a really low air flow setting.
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I dont know if I stop breathing but I get up at least 3-4 times per night because I wake up and cant go right back to sleep
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Lots of posts on this topic. I had 2 sleep studies done and I guess I have a form of apnea....? I don't stop breathing when I sleep but I wake up when I go into REMS sleep. I was prescribed a CPAP and I have tried and tried to use it but there is just no way I could use it. I have had it for 3+ years and I don't know how many times I've tried to use it with no luck. I even "jailbreak" into it and changed some of the settings but I still couldn't sleep with it.

I have one I can sell you if you are interested?
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I've been using a cpap for about 8 yrs now. Started with nasal pillows but abandoned those in the first few weeks and went to the mask. The mask worked for awhile but the leaks got too annoying so I went back to the nasal pillows. Been on those for a few years now and only issue is the occasional sore nose. Bottom line - you might have to experiment a bit to find the option that works best for you.

I can't say I see much difference in sleep quality or energy levels, but my wife sleeps a lot better.
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