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[-] TidyLilacSquirrel5690 +0 points · 3 months ago

I had scar since 5 years back itself.Its on my face so its visible.I wanted to remove it off.so i used dermalmd scar serum which my pediatric suggest me.its very smooth and little goes long way.serum does better on scars.

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[-] De +0 points · 3 months ago

Greetings all! I'm de. Does anyone else here have back/neck problems that are impacted by CPAP therapy? I'm struggling to get back to doing my favorite things. Neck and lower back pain led to frequent sleep interruptions, that led to less exercise and incredible carb craving + weight gain, that led to sleep apnea, that led to additional sleep interruption... I'd actually overcome sleep apnea years ago when I lost lots of weight and became active. Now I'm struggling to get back to where I once was. Part of that is finding a way to tolerate CPAP therapy so that I get at least 5 hours each night of quality sleep. I've found a mask that seems to be workable. Now I just need to be able to fall asleep faster and remain that way longer. I figure I will still wake up in the middle of the night and need to get up to stretch and do the exercises that help relieve the neck and sciatic pain. I'm thinking of trying a switch to Provent for when I return to bed so that I can give my neck and back less pressure. I have to try something new; I want my life back.

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 3 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

De, I played football for a number of years and am blessed with not only bad knees but have two areas in my spine that are affected by arthritis. When I went on therapy, I found the ONLY way I could keep my mask sealed (full face necessitated by high pressures used on my Bipap) was to sleep on my back. I quickly learned that being flat on my back for more than 4 hours would wake me up with screaming back pain; didn't get it near my neck which is one problem area but in my lower back which is the other). I tried a variety of things and found that a wedge shaped pillow like you would use on your couch or chair when watching tv laid flat with the wedge to the head of my bed with another regular pillow propped me just enough where my lower back did not get sore.

I doubt this will work for everyone who has back issues but I can say that it may be helpful to try different sleeping postures to mitigate the back pain. I suspect one of those beds called a "sleep number" where you can prop the head area some would also work (hope I had the bed name correct).

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[-] De +0 points · 3 months ago

Before I ever had the back & neck arthritis, apnea ..., I had knee and ankle problems. I was diagnosed with chondromalacia(?), common for women in the late teens and early twenties, but did not want to give up my activities. I danced classical ballet as a girl (hence the ankle and knee arthritis now) and have practiced Tang Soo Do for over twenty years. Despite the arthritis and ACL/MCL/meniscus injuries, I don't regret those activities. And luckily, it wasn't until the back and neck problems that my sleep was interrupted. My main CPAP goal is to feel more alert so that I can participate in evening activities again. I have accepted that break falls and kicking a heavy bag can no longer be part of my repetoire, but I miss the intensity of martial arts. I have a whole collection of different types of pillows that I set up each night and switch around when I wake up in the middle of the night. It worked fairly well last night, so I'm hopeful. I look like a white-haired, grandma muffin. I love to play with my granddaughter, walk and hike in nature, swing dance & salsa - and punch and kick things. I want the energy to get back to doing all that.

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[-] Hughes1963 +0 points · 3 months ago

I was diagnosed back in 2003 and until recently been using a CPAP and had great success with it. Six to eight weeks ago everything changed. Since 2003 I have lost about 80 pounds and started breathing through my mouth causing severe dry mouth. So much so it was causing sinus issues and causing them to bleed through out the night. Doctors thought that my pressures needed to be reduced so another sleep study was performed. It seems that my apnea had gotten worse over time and I'm now borderline severe apnea. I've been put on a BiPap machine and not having great success with it as of yet. It's only been three weeks but I'm still having the dry mouth issues. The BiPap provider hasn't been really helpful simply because I think she doesn't really know what the equipment is cappable of doing. I just purchased a climate hose for my ResMed 10 machine so I'm hoping this will help. Last night I slept with the humidifier on 8/8, full face mask with an additional humidifier for the room and still woke up with cotton mouth. Anyone else having this issue?

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[-] wiredgeorge +1 point · 3 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Until you figure a way to keep your mouth closed while sleeping it doesn't really matter how much moisture you pump in. Mouth open is causing the dry mouth. This is caused by jaw muscles relaxing and your jaw slides back and your mouth then opens. Folks use different methods to keep the jaw in place. Some use straps/bands and other actually tape their mouth shut. I use a boil and bite mouth guard and it has proved useful for me over several years. I wear a full face and if my jaw slackens at night, the mask bottom will end up in my mouth. About 90 percent of the time of higher I have ZERO leaks and no dry mouth but once in awhile the mask will end up in my mouth or on my lower lip and the leak rates jump high and my water reservoir gets drained and I have dry mouth. I don't really think it matters which style mask is used as the problem has been reported by folks using different masks.

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[-] Ethansem +0 points · 2 months ago

Hello all. I'm 38 years old and I've been dealing with complex sleep apnea now since 2012/2013. I have been through four separate sleep studies and two surgeries (tonsilectomy and turbinate redunction). I'm currently on a Phillips Respironics ASV machine which has been able to make me somewhat functional but I still struggle with my energy levels on a daily basis. I've been through some very hard financial times (lost two jobs because of this illness...some days I couldn't even drive into work) and haven't seen my sleep doctor in over a year. I'm just getting caught up on my medical bills after over a year (previous job had me earning $11 per hour less than I am now with horrific insurance) so I'm hopeful I can continue getting this figured out.

In any case its nice to see that at the very least I'm not alone in my daily struggle to get through each day. I'm just hoping I can move beyond chugging coffee on a daily basis at some point in the near future. - Ethan

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[-] OptimisticLimeFlamingo6906 +0 points · 13 days ago

If your sleep apnea is controlled by your CPAP machine but yet you’re still sleepy, you could have something else going on causing your sleepiness. I originally went to the Dr due to sleepiness and was DX with severe Central Sleep Apnea. The CPAP helped but I was still having trouble staying awake. After another sleep study plus an MSLT the next day, in which I fell asleep during the naps in under 5 minutes, I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnia. Others get DX of Narcolepsy. I suggest making another appointment with your sleep specialist. You can check out this site for additional information on sleepiness: http://www.hypersomniafoundation.org/

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[-] HonestMagentaDogfish1772 +0 points · about 1 month ago

Visible scar are getting fade in with in 1 month by using dermalmd. I think it would be good for all skin types I have combination skin. My spots have already completely faded. And the others are almost gone ! My skin feels soft, so soft..

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[-] UnderstandingLimeLoris1532 +0 points · about 1 month ago

Hi all I'm Kira, I am here to learn from you. My partner is having breathing difficulties and sometimes we wake up with hardly 1-2 hours of sleep. I have been reading on this site for some time and found some great info.

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[-] OptimisticLimeFlamingo6906 +0 points · 13 days ago

Hello, my name is Joan. I was diagnosed with severe Central Sleep Apnea in 2004. I was waking up with severe headaches in the middle of the night, which would disappear within 5 minutes of waking up. I’d never heard of Sleep Apnea until a co-worker mentioned it. I was falling asleep in meetings. I know I had problems for 30 years before being diagnosed. I got my CPAP machine, which helped my sleepiness but not completely. I finally had another sleep test with an MSLT (nap study) the next day. After ruling out depression and multiple other possibile causes of sleepiness, I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnia (which is being sleepy 24/7/365). No cure. I’ve seen several others mention still being sleepy even after using their CPAP. Anyone who is still sleepy should see their sleep Dr. Some are not very knowledgeable with other sleep issues, like Narcolepsy or Idiopathic Hypersomnia. I had to search out new Drs to help me. Here is a website that lists some possible causes of sleepiness: http://www.hypersomniafoundation.org/ I encourage those of you who are still sleepy, to pursue finding the cause. I’m glad someone pushed me to seek help.

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[-] PhilosophicalOrangeNightingale6877 +0 points · 13 days ago

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[-] hayward008 +0 points · 13 days ago

Diagnosed with severe SA approx a year ago. Recently started using the Sleepyhead program but have no idea how to read many of the statistics.

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[-] Whippet +0 points · 12 days ago

First post howdy! Just an old (66, male) noob re: apnea, but I've already found reassurance and good info reading here.

Had my first sleep study 1 week ago, breathlessly (lol) awaiting results. It went great, and despite all the gear and fussing, next morning I felt amazing. Going in I feared hypochondria...but mid-test, when the nice tech came to hook me to Cpap device I asked "did I even sleep?" Her answer..."yes, but it wasn't pretty!"

I live alone and my (whippet) dog never complained about my snoring, perhaps finding it endearing? Lol.

I'll probably be doing what many of y'all been doing...posting questions about gear, fitment and work arounds...seeking full compliance, and positive results. Thanks for this resource, and everyone's candid sharing.

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[-] emoodyd +0 points · about 17 hours ago

Hi! I'm a 31 yo woman, diagnosed with moderate SA earlier this year, and just started CPAP therapy this month. I think I've had SA since my teen years, but didn't know it. I think I've finally got my mask, humidity, pressure settings all set, and now I need to find a way to keep my mouth closed. :)

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · about 15 hours ago Sleep Enthusiast

Three ways to keep your mouth closed by using an outside means... some folks tape, some folks use a purpose-made band and I personally use a boil & bite mouth guard. Your mouth opens when your jaw relaxes while asleep and any of these methods can be made to work. Good luck!

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[-] OptimisticLimeFlamingo6906 +0 points · about 12 hours ago

I started with the nose mask but found I like a full face mask better. I no longer have to keep my mouth shut while sleeping plus, if I get a cold, I can still use my CPAP machine even if my nose is stuffy you’ll need to try different types of masks to see what works for you.

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