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Results of using the CPAP?

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ScarletWitch +0 points · 6 months ago Original Poster

Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing well, so Thursday I used my cpap machine for the first time, omg it was so annoying!!! I felt like too much air was flowing and I even took a sleeping pill LOL, only slept an hour, last night which was Saturday, felt so much better.

My question for you all that have been using the machine for quite some time now, how long did it take for you to feel or see results? me for example, I always feel tired and sleepy throughout the day and take naps whenever I get the chance, also I have been feeling disoriented for about 2 years, the lady at the sleep center referred to this as "brain fog" she stated that it will take at least 3 months for me to see improvements for the brain fog and the naps will reduce and etc, based on your experience is that accurate? anyone else that has or had the same symptoms as me?

Thank You,

The lady recommended for me to have my machine on "auto" I have the ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Commentator

Hi ScarletWitch

It would be better to ask if anybody here has NOT had those symptoms.

I suspect the naps might become a habit or choice dependent on your age but lets hope she is right about the rest. :)

I'm not sure what machine or settings you are using but although I don't use the ramp function myself it sounds like you might be more comfortable if it was adjusted to suit your needs.

It might pay to check with your doctor, if you haven't already done so, regarding the best sleeping or anxiety medications to use with OSA as some are more dangerous than others.

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ScarletWitch +0 points · 6 months ago Original Poster

I just want to feel myself again, because this brain fog makes me feel like I'm here but not really present, alsmot feels like losing track of time/notion.

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Sierra +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Innovater

I think it varies by person. It probably took me 5 months before I started to think the benefits of CPAP outweighed the annoyance of using it. For my wife the benefits were almost immediate.

If you post the specific mask you have and the specific machine you have (ideally with pressure settings), I may be able to make some suggestions on how to improve the comfort factor.

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ScarletWitch -1 point · 6 months ago Original Poster

I'll have to be patient then, also I updated the post with a picture of my mask and details of my settings.

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SleepDent +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Commentator

I am a dentist working in dental sleep medicine. Basically, Sierra is right. The speed with which a patient gets symptomatic relief after treatment is initiated is highly variable. It is, sort of, on a statistical bell curve type of thing. Remember, untreated OSA has done a certain amount of damage to your body. First your body repairs the damage and THEN you start to feel better. Some people feel slightly better in a few days, some in a few weeks, or a month, or two months, or three months, or four, etc.. I would say that it would be highly unusual not to get some positive feed-back after six months, but, theoretically, it could take longer than that. Arthur B. Luisi, Jr., D.M.D., The Naples Center For Dental Sleep Medicine.

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ScarletWitch +0 points · 6 months ago Original Poster

Thanks, wow so results can take a while, I'll have to be patient then, also I updated the post with a picture of my mask and details of my settings.

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Sierra +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Innovater

When you first turn on your AirSense 10 machine the display should show two numbers in the top right corner. They are your minimum and maximum pressures for the auto range. The number you see in the middle of the circle is the current pressure. It will increase to the start pressure. Telling us what those three pressures are would be helpful. Sometimes the start pressure and even the minimum pressure are too low which will make the mask feel uncomfortable or somewhat suffocating. Here is an image of what the screen should look like. This machine is set to a minimum of 12 cm, and maximum of 20 cm. The machine is currently at 4 cm when the shot was taken. However this pressure increases quickly when the machine is first turned on and will stop increasing at the start pressure. The icon on the lower left means the ramp is in the Auto mode (that is preferred). The humidity is in manual at a level 4. Ideally for comfort one would have it in auto and while using the heated ClimateLine hose.

Your mask looks like a DreamWear nasal pillow type. I think it is a pretty good mask. About the only complaints I have heard about it is some noise from those two tubes that go up to the top of your head. I have a friend that uses one and he likes it.

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carroll +0 points · 6 months ago

I have a full face cover and notice critical outcomes after around about 16 days. It took me that long to truly get settled with it. Presently I nearly need it on to rest. As I began feeling not so much worn out but rather more ready I likewise shed pounds, brought down my BP and was simply in an inside and out better state of mind.

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