I didn't develop it from the CPAP, but it made the tinnitus I already had significantly worse. I didn't know at the time my pressures were higher than I actually needed so I wonder if that's why it happened, but it hasn't improved at all after reducing the pressure. I'm going back to my ENT to see if he has any advice.
I'll be going back to see my sleep doctor soon, but have given this new mask and lower pressure a run and am still having issues with fatigue. I do notice some things improved. For example, I never have episodes where I wake with my heart pounding feeling all hot and sick, my memory is better with CPAP than without and my overall energy level is better just not great still.
I'm still super tired in the mornings and still need to nap most afternoons, but I do get more done than I was. I know my doctor said the last resort if we couldn't fix my sleepiness was a daily pill like Nuvigil or Provigil. She said I can take it just as needed so it's not something I have to take every single day. Just curious what others experiences were if they tried this for fatigue with sleep apnea even on CPAP. Did it help? And how bad were the side effects if any?
My pressure was too high and the issues I had from it were mainly dry mouth, because I couldn't keep my mouth closed even with a chin strap, mask leaks, and bloated belly.
I find that my tongue/jaw will drop enough to allow air to circulate through my mouth and dry it out without my lips actually opening. I actually feel it happening in the moments right before I'm unconscious. If it keeps happening maybe try a chin strap.
I experience the same. I'm at 100 most nights, but all that tells me is that I'm meeting at least 7 hours using the mask and not having many, if any, apneas. But I'm not even always sleeping that full 7 hours so I know that's a factor for me. I still wake a lot and I still feel exhausted in the morning. But I do have improvements so I'm sticking with it.
I had been sleeping in the livingroom for some time and often used the tv on very low to fall asleep (helped with anxiety) so I didn't notice much noise from my CPAP. Every once in a while if I laid a certain way I'd notice a loud almost vibration/humming that I assume was from the tube but if I moved to another position I didn't notice it as much.
Now I just finished some remodeling and have my own bedroom so no more tv for background noise and the CPAP noise is driving me crazy! I put it in the floor and it's a tiny bit better than on my night stand, but even with my ears covered with a chin strap I hear it like the noise just vibrates right through my bed and pillow. I hear my breathing which I can handle. It's like a quieter darth vader sort of sound. But this is more of a loud I guess humming is the best way to describe it. I don't think it's the actual machine I think it's the air moving through the hose (it's quiet as I inhale), but I'm not sure what to do about it.
I use a Resmed Airsense 10. I'm currently not using a heated tube (I think it was quieter with the heated one but I had a terrible time with rainout so I'm back to a regular hose. My current mask is an Eson 2 which I just started using a couple months ago. I get a MUCH better seal with this mask so I'm hoping that's not the issue. It may be worse because I'm on a wood floor now in a smaller room so sound travels and echoes a bit. Thinking about at least getting a rug for it to sit on and see if that helps.
Any other thoughts or ideas? I never had a noise issue with my Resmed 9 at all. Sometimes I wasn't even sure if it was on it was so quiet. Didn't hear myself breath or anything.
It shouldn't really cause a sore throat. Dry can definitely happen, but increasing the humidity should help. I did have trouble with sinus infections at one point that I believe was in part from my CPAP, but more from my laziness with keeping it properly cleaned. I'd make sure he's washing it more often and disinfecting it appropriately so he's not reinfecting himself with the same cold virus or germs.
I was told that an AHI under 5 is considered successful treatment, so it sounds like you could be doing better.
Have you ever asked your doctor about your AHI? Maybe there are adjustments they can try without doing another titration study.
I'm not sure about the oxygen, but logic says if you are having apneas that it's not getting through to be of any use. But as far as using your CPAP only part of the night I have read that people with sleep apnea can have health improvements from as little as 4 hours a night. All night would generally be best, but it seems like some is at least better than none as well.
I also agree I'd check about the oxygen with a doctor.
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