If you have found this forum then you either have sleep apnea or suspect that you do. You have found a place to ask questions and find answers as well as support. However, misdiagnosed sleep apnea is a huge problem, especially if you are a woman. 1 in 5 women have sleep apnea. 9 in 10 women who have sleep apnea do not know it. That's why the new brochure "Women and Sleep Apnea" can be so useful. You can download it to use yourself or to share with another woman you suspect might suffer with undiagnosed sleep apnea. You can also use the flipside to take to your health care provider.
There is a blog with more information about the brochure and a link to download it. Check it out. https://myapnea.org/blog/2017/12/swhr-women-sleep-apnea-tooklit
Can you call your provider to see if they have any answers? It seems like we just get something to work and then it goes to pot. I hope you get some answers but I would start with your provider.
There are a lot of variables in answering this question. It depends on the type of appliance and what insurance is involved. Maybe someone else will have a better answer for you.
There is no reason that you cannot contact your doctor and press for a quicker response. This is your life and you have a right to expect treatment on a timely basis. With that said, there is also no reason to panic. In all probability, this has been going on for awhile. I had the same problem with my oxygen levels and although there is no way of knowing for sure, I think that I had the problem for a long time before finding out what was going on. Yes, you need to be treated but if you can't get in for a couple of months, it will be fine. If it bothers you that much, push for quicker treatment.
An oral appliance might be what you need. A friend of mine had the same issue with claustrophobia. When that horrible feeling hit he would open his eyes and wave his arms around to remind himself that he wasn't confined. I have no idea if that would help you or not and I wish there were a better answer for you. All the best to you!
Sorry, I missed what type of mask you use. So the above reply could be spot on by trying a different mask. Best of luck to you!
Lots of people that are new to CPAP have this issue so you are not alone. Setting your alarm clock doesn't help? Hopefully others will have some words of wisdom. But DON'T panic yourself into a heart attack! Just keep at it and it will finally pay off.
There are cloth mask covers that might help with this. They are very thin and fit between your mask and your skin. Some are washable for a few times and others are disposable. It also helps to make sure your face is clean as well as cleaning your mask daily. Hope this helps a little.
Here's what I think. The stressful event could have played havoc with your sleep in several ways, some of which might have played out now. But the bottom line is that you are not sleeping well. So you have to figure out what is going on by trying one thing at a time. Sleep medication may get you to sleep and even keep you asleep but it may not affect the number of arousals you have each night. As you said, most of the time people aren't aware that they are having these and they DO affect your sleep. The only way you know (without another sleep study) is by how you feel the next morning. Personally I would try the mouthpiece first. If it works as it should then your arousals should decrease which helps you sleep better. But you have to give it time--it isn't a quick fix because you aren't used to wearing one.
The part that stands out to me in your posts is that you don't want to be diagnosed with sleep apnea. You had the sleep study done and it showed issues. It isn't a random diagnosis but a real one based on the study. It is very possible that you have had sleep apnea for awhile and didn't know it. That was certainly my story. I did NOT want to wear a mask and use a CPAP machine! But after learning all the problems that can be caused by NOT using it, I changed my mind. I wish I could help you more but all I can do is read your posts and answer the best I can.
In any case, you have a right to have your doctor answer your questions. If he does not want to take the time to explain or support you, then maybe you should find another doctor.
The only way to tell if you have sleep apnea or not is to have a sleep study done. My own symptoms were that I would wake up a few times each night feeling like I needed to take a deep breath. My breathing slows down and my oxygen levels drop to pretty low levels. However, I don't smoke and never have. It sounds to me like a visit to your doctor is a good idea.