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Joined Jun 2022
Joined Jun 2022

I started using a ResMed10 machine 2.5 years ago, I am not even sure what kind of apnea I have, but they said it was bad, I call it air locking as my soft pallet and uvula drop and block my throat. I have never slept well, but from another issue so I am lucky if I can get 3 hours a night, but the machine allows me to fall asleep, by the time I got it I was in bad shape.

What I noticed from night one is that I have never gotten up to pee - and oddly it is not like I have a full bladder in the morning - I used to get up 2 - 3 times a night, and as stated above it is not that I am sleeping peacefully away, but I am resting peacefully even if I don't sleep and that is also a blessing.

So I have a bit of a language problem as my French is still not that good and covid started right after I got my machine and the tech who normally comes to the house doesn't speak any English, but for the most part we get by. There is a lady in the home office that we call if we have problems that google translate can't help with.

I also had NO water retention before I used my apnea machine, didn't notice it right away, but after several months the tech brought me a humidifier tank and eventually a heated hose. Then I started noticing during the winter that my socks were leaving a lot of indents on my legs...........still didn't think about it too much, then one day I checked my blood pressure and it was wicked high. Doctor put me on fluid pills, blood pressure pills etc. BUT no one could tell me why this was happening. I got sent to heart, lung, kidney docs - tons and tons of tests, had my arteries looked at, ultrasound of kidneys, I lived at testing places and seeing docs who all said you are fine - you are good. Well, NO I was not good, I could not breathe, I huffed and puffed doing anything. And not just my legs, my hands and my face are swollen every morning, my right eye as I sleep on that side is often swollen shut and then I take my TWO furosemide pills and let the peeing begin, as in 4 - 6 lbs. of water.

So I finally started piecing the puzzle together that everything changed when I started using the machine. - of course when I mentioned this to my doc, the lung doc, the heart doc, yesterday another lung doc - they all say it is impossible, as does some tech on here - well really how impossible when so many of us are having the same problem?

I found out on line how to turn down the pressure of my machine, it was on 13 (I live in France so have no idea if the numbers are the same or not in the US) I moved down to 10, then went down by .2 thru the 9's and am now at 8.8, I also lowered the humidity, and switched back, since it is warm now, to the non-heated hose and I have gotten a bit better.

I also do not know what else causes an "episode" to show up on your reports, if removing the mask does it cause one, if putting the mask under my chin so I can drink some water register as an episode? If adjusting? My episodes are generally all well below 1.0 - usually .5 - .8 so I think that must be ok? haha remember my machine is in French so I do the best I can at understanding what it tells me.

I have some other health issues, and I read if your Albunim is low (show on blood tests) it can cause leaking of the capillaries, mine was a bit low, but not enough to cause all this fluid, but what if you add air pressure to the mix, might you then get more leaking? The fluid from the water tank has to go somewhere - right? Plus I drink a lot of fluid at night, plenty of water during the day, but the later in the day the thirstier I get. So where is all this fluid going, why is it not going to my bladder??

I saw the apnea doc yesterday who also seems very skeptical of my theory, but at least listened but how can things be one way one day and completely changed the next? She is prescribing a different machine for me - so am hoping it will help. I also do not understand what the different types of machines are, all I know is this one is smaller and water tank is on the back - I also requested a different technician who might speak some English to help with some questions.

I don't have any other support over here, but at least everything here is free, I have never paid anything for any equipment, visits etc. and they seem to give me a lot of nose pieces, hoses, the short hoses that the nose piece goes into etc. I just wash my nose piece with soap and water, my hose with vinegar water and soap and because the water here is hard (I use bottled water but still get calcium build up) so wash my tank with vinegar water.

I also get a lot of rainout with the heated hose, after the machine is on for a while I can pull the nose piece away and there are water droplets in there - when using the heated hose I put the machine on a shelf that was 4" off the floor but still got rainout. I have lowered the temp, lowered humidity down to 3 now, had been set on 5 or 6. Even with the regular hose I get droplets in the nose piece, I use I think a cloud/pillow nose piece.

Lastly does everyone know that the dry air from the machine can cause surface cavities - when you lose your natural saliva it can cause surface cavities which my dentist could not understand until I told him I use a machine. Then he said that is why you are getting these, so I bought some mouth moisturizer spray.

Sorry for such a long post, but boy I am looking for some answers and some proof to show the doctors who say fluid retention and breathing problems cannot be from the machine, yet not one of them can offer a solution as to why this happened. The doctor yesterday when I said there are many of us with this problem at least said maybe. It was a fun visit, she speaks French, mine as we know is not great, my husband speaks Spanish and so did the doc so we had this Franglish/Spanish conversation going on lol. She did seem a bit impressed when I told her there were forums out here that had many people with the same problems - I really wish there were doctors that use apnea machine and then they might understand us.