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Happy New Year from The MyApnea Network

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TedB +0 points · over 9 years ago Original Poster

Resolve to treat yourself better in the New Year...

Introduce yourself in the forum, vote on research topics or suggest your own and complete the short health surveys in the Research Section.

Anyone can join MyApnea.Org. Anyone with sleep apnea or at risk for sleep apnea (over weight, loud snoring, diabetes, hypertension, etc.) can complete the surveys and help move research forward.

Take control of your health and encourage AT LEAST one person you know or love to do the same this year by joining MyApnea.Org.

We look forward to working everyone as we build The MyApnea Community and look for ways to improve research and treatments.

Wishing you a joyous and healthy New Year. It should be an exciting one!

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Pam +0 points · over 9 years ago

Hi. I've been using CPAP for about a year. I was reluctant to be tested because I had done the whole sleep test thing in DC and was told that I did not sleep long enough to document apneas. I was told that a dental device might help. So I got a MAD and used it with some relief until TMJ set in and I stopped using it. Fast forward 20 years and a cardiologist said my holter monitor showed a typical apnea pattern and I was diagnosed with tachycardia. I was very tired and slept fitfully for about 5 hours a night. My GP convinced me to get a sleep study and I was finally at age 72 diagnosed with mild sleep apnea on my side and unknown supine sleep apnea as the sleep lab couldn't get me to sleep on my back even with ambien. I was started on CPAP because my SO2 was pretty low and I had a lot of hypopneas with a few obstructives and centrals. I tried many many masks and finally settled on and now use an AirFit F10 with a Resmed autoset with a heated hose and humidifier. I love it. After one year of many battles I finally sleep 9 hours a night with an AHI of <1. I feel much better but still have BP and heart issues. I use my machine for all naps and sleeping. I would be happy to help anyone just starting out. It is a huge learning curve but well worth the journey.

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MakeSleepAPriority +0 points · over 9 years ago

Welcome to MyApnea Pam. Your story is similar to many. This is what MyApnea and outcomes research is all about. Imagine hundreds of people who struggled as you have. By comparing your experiences through surveys you can contribute to finding a way to make that journey shorter, easier and more effective. Keep coming to the site and answering survey questions as well as submitting questions you think need answering. Also invite others to join and contribute.

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