Posted by robin jones on Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008 @12:36:10 PM
I've heard that those CPAP things are like metal fingerpicks: rather uncomfortable for a short time, but if you get through the break-in period, they are really great. I'm sure I don't need to tell you about how debilitating sleep deprivation can be. Hope the machine helps!
Monday, November 17, 2008 @3:01:16 PM
I've been on CPAP for almost four years already. It took over a month to somewhat get used to the headgear. The first headset got broken bouncing off the wall in frustration. Once I finally spent a whole night with it, the benefits were obvious. Proper rest is a key ingredient to much better overall health. I hardly ever need a nap any longer and the alertness that waned over the years came back, seemingly tenfold. It's a "Linus blanket" now and I automatically reach for it at sack time. I lost my Dad back in '78 and he had a serious apnea problem. I'm sure that he would have enjoyed many more years had the technology been available. You will soon realize how good you can feel with a proper sleep cycle and the oxygenation that accompanies it. One side benefit is if you have a head cold and are congested, attempting to sleep intensifies the agony. With CPAP, sit up on the edge of the bed with the unit on for about ten minutes to allow your nasal passages to open up under CPAP pressure and then you will find that you can sleep normally with the congestion relieved. Make sure you use the humidifier religiously as CPAP will dry the passages to much without it. Good Luck with it...Pain in the ass at first but after you've gotten a few good night's rest under your belt, it is a small price to pay for the rewards! My dogs know when it's time to go out as soon as they hear me shut off the CPAP. It's their alarm clock! Kerry
Monday, November 17, 2008 @3:14:43 PM
I have sleep apnea and tried the machines several times. They were uncomfortable and difficult to keep a seal or change positions easily. I tried two different models from two different "eras', was told that the newer ones were a big improvment, but found that not to be the case when i tried one. I know use a mouthpiece appliance. It is a mouthguard that you boil in water to fit your mouth. When you fit it to your mouth, make sure your lower teeth are projected forward. This posture keeps the airway from collapsing, which is why they sell something similoar for snoring. Shop around until you find one with a built in airway to breath thru the mouthpiece. It took me a while to find one. But the answer was cheap, easily done and effective and I do not have to replace hoses and masks every six months. If anyone else finds the machines unworkable, you might give this a try. I am not a doctor, but I learned this technique from another sufferer after it worked for him. This answer is so easy, it makes me feel like the whole CPAP thing might be a cottage industry for charging a lot to insurance and medicare for a problem that can be addressed by the sufferer himself much more cheaply and effectively. Again,. I am not a doctor and do not want anyone to go on my word alone. Look around, the truth is out there! Good luck!
Monday, November 17, 2008 @5:31:33 PM
Robin, here's wishing the best with getting use to it. I've been on a machine for just over 10 yrs now. There are different machines and different kinds on apnea. The mask is probably the most important part in getting use to it. I use a soft mask similar to what the old aircraft pilots used for oxygen. It's real soft around your nose and is very forgiving when you move. It a marage sp?
You can change if the one you have gives you trouble.
Pleasant dreams. Paul :)
robin jones Says:
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @5:51:54 AM
Thanks for all the nice/supportive comments.
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