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KindRubyCattle5117

KindRubyCattle5117
Joined Jul 2017
KindRubyCattle5117
Joined Jul 2017

I am very surprised and saddened to see so many people having so many serious issues with their therapy. I almost feel guilty I've had such immediate success with it. I have had obstructive sleep apnea for over a decade, I am now convinced, and I have both Atrial Fibrillation and Type 2 Diabetes which I suspect were largely due to this. Unfortunately I did not know the connection until after I had those conditions or I may have addressed it sooner--I thought it was just about snoring and nothing else.

Anyway, I had a sleep study done and was diagnosed with severe OSA. Very severe. Before my second study, the CPAP Titration Study, I talked with a couple friends on CPAP therapy to ask about their experience with it, and how long it took them to get used to it. Both of them said they took to it immediately, right at the sleep lab. I was used to getting up 3-4 times per night and sleeping very fitfully. My second night in the sleep lab, the Titration Study with the CPAP machine, even wired with all that stuff, I slept like a rock! I was using a ResMed AirFit P10 nasal pillow mask (don't know what machine they use), and woke up once at 3:30 to use the bathroom. At that point I switched to the ResMed AirFit N20 nasal mask just because I wanted to try both masks they had. They had to work to wake me up at 6:30! Best night's sleep I had had in years.

I was frustrated to have to wait a few weeks to get my own machine, a ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset with AirFit P10 mask, I have used it every night since getting it, all night, and can honestly say every one of the 21 consecutive nights I have used it, all night, I have gotten a better night's sleep than I was used to getting. I never get up more than once, and on at least a couple of occasions I have slept a full 8 hours non-stop. My worst iPhone MyAir score was my very first night, at 87. The next couple nights were 95-96, and from night #4 on my score has been 97-100 every night. My mask never comes off, I don't have dry mouth, and I only woke myself up once because my mouth was open and the air flow woke me. I took to this like a duck takes to water.

I can't for the life of me understand why it was so easy for me and so tough for some of you, but clearly there are success stories. My two friends I asked about it had similar experiences to mine. I do know because of talking to them I went to the CPAP Titration Test expecting to have a great night. That certainly would not affect mask fit, dry mouth, etcetera, but my only regret is I didn't do this a decade ago.

I thought my sleep lab was terrific, and my sleep doctor, a pulmonologist in suburban Chicago, is absolutely fantastic, and they have a full-time equipment coach who gets everyone set up, I could not be happier with my health care professionals. I wish you all who are having trouble the best of luck. Keep at it!