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Old 06-17-2014, 14:53   #1
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Did a sleep study last week.

After about 90 mins they woke me up and put me on the machine.

The word they used was "severe".

Blood Oxygen was in the 70% range and even dipped below 70.

Any thoughts, wisdom or advice on a cpap? Mask selection?

I'm interested to hear others peoples experiences of using one and how beneficial it was.

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Did a sleep study last week.

After about 90 mins they woke me up and put me on the machine.

The word they used was "severe".

Blood Oxygen was in the 70% range and even dipped below 70.

Any thoughts, wisdom or advice on a cpap? Mask selection?

I'm interested to hear others peoples experiences of using one and how beneficial it was.
Sorry to hear that, but knowledge is power. I worry I may suffer from that as well. I can usually tell I had a bad night when I wake up with a sore throat from all the gasping for air I must be doing. I'm hoping weight loss will take care of it.

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Did a sleep study last week.

After about 90 mins they woke me up and put me on the machine.

The word they used was "severe".

Blood Oxygen was in the 70% range and even dipped below 70.

Any thoughts, wisdom or advice on a cpap? Mask selection?

I'm interested to hear others peoples experiences of using one and how beneficial it was.

My two cents are as follows...

I was not that chronic..but i do use a cpap machine.

you should spend time picking the mask you like (its a big deal)
dont let them rush you during this process you will regret it later..

I just did what I was told till I found my way to a full good nights sleep.

I wont tell you the feeling of a good night sleep but I will say there will be no doubt in your mind the first time that occurs.

I am answering fast as Im at work but if you have any questions feel free to shoot them my way

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VERY beneficial. You'll definitely know it when you begin to get 'real' sleep. I've been on CPAP since 2005, and I almost can't fall asleep without it - it's my blankie in my old age!

I was having 75-80 events per hour when I was first diagnosed and was put on 9cc pressure. I've since had a new sleep study and pressure was raised to 12cc. Medicare bought me a new machine when they took over my medical care, so I now have a machine at bedside, and also one by my napping chair.

You may need several tries at getting the right mask - I started out with a full face mask because they thought my allergic rhinitis might cause nasal congestion resulting in mouth-breathing. I did okay with that mask, but because mouth-breathing was never a problem, I later switched to a nasal mask and still use it. I've tried nasal pillows, but those didn't work as well for me. There are also size gradations of the various masks, so you may need a little trial & error there too.

Just be sure you get a good seal when you adjust the mask, because there shouldn't be any hissing or feeling of air blowing in your face - it should be quiet. Apparently many patients prefer the ramping option which starts you out at lower pressure & gradually increases as you fall asleep. I've never cared for that myself - I'd rather have full pressure from the get-go.

I've been on it so long that I'm prob'ly forgetting things, but several others here also use CPAP, and they'll come along to fill out the story. Just be patient and let yourself grow accustomed to it - I think your CPAP will become another of your best friends, right behind your glucose meter!




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I was diagnosed with sleep apnea before diabetes. My blood oxygen was actually dropping below 40%. I had an APAP machine paid for via my work insurance, so my pressure has dropped from 14 to 9 since my diabetes diagnosis and subsequent LCHF diet. I think I was experiencing a lot of inflammation due to the high BG. Anyway, I love my mask and machine now and don't notice them at all. Get a professional to fit you.

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I was diagnosed with sleep apnea before diabetes. My blood oxygen was actually dropping below 40%. I had an APAP machine paid for via my work insurance, so my pressure has dropped from 14 to 9 since my diabetes diagnosis and subsequent LCHF diet. I think I was experiencing a lot of inflammation due to the high BG. Anyway, I love my mask and machine now and don't notice them at all. Get a professional to fit you.
well Silvertiger..you just made me realize I need to go get mine reduced. i was diagnosed sleep apnea 10 plus years before diabetic
but i wasn't heavy then either..anyhow I do believe i need some type of adjustment

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I called my doctor. It's been a week and she hasnt received the results. She's going to track them down so we can get going with this. Not entirely sure what the process is for getting the machine approved / ordered / setup but we'll get it figured out.

After the sleep study the tech said she adjusted me as high as 11 before I started fighting it, at the point it started interrupting my sleep.

She gave me a nose piece but it felt hard to exhale so I opted for the full mask although it felt a little small.

This is all new territory.

Thanks for the replies.

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I actually did a "take home" sleep study that cost me about $100 from the local sleep apnea equipment place. It's an oxygen meter and breath meter that you wear overnight. It records data that is sent to your doctor. I did that because the wait to get in on the sleep study would be a year, although it would be free.

The full mask is also handy in case you had a cold that plugged your nose. I bought a full mask to have on hand in just that case, so I could sleep.

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My diagnosis was the same as Silvertiger's . . . I wasn't insured at that time, so the medical supply company ran oximetry etc., on me at home. Then OWC conferred with my doc & demonstrated for him the horrendous gasping episodes I was having (how in the world do we 'sleep' through these events? They look awful, and yet I had no idea I was having such brutal breathing problems), and doc didn't take much persuading. He wrote the order & the medical supply company took it from there.




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I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 1999 and have been using it every single night ever since. I take my machine every where I go. I can not sleep without it. I had no rem sleep for a long time. I was on my way to a stroke and I was I think 33 and slightly overweight. I stopped breathing 112 times n hour. I could not do the full hour without then putting the machine on me. Like everyone else I had to adjust to the different mask. I got sores, and I had indentations on my face and forehead, but I never stopped wearing the mask. But now its just been to long since I had sleep apnea and I gained a lot of weight since I was first diagnosed 100lbs and so they really are pushing for me to have the surgery, which I won't do. but I have to do something. Anyway, I fully support the use of the Cpap I speak to people all the time about it. Everyone that doesn't use their machines do not live very long. My mother has one she refuses to use it. yet she knows I won't go anywhere without mines. I asked the doctor how would I die, he said a stroke, heart attack in my sleep, they call that natural causes too, hmm go figure. or i will just stop breathing for one minute to long.
so that was all i needed to hear, not that it was ever a problem. The difference can't be beat. Without my mask, i feel like I am drowning.

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