@Tsali2112 - Did you tell your doctor about this?
Thank you for posting & sharing, @dawnnnny :-)
@pickle330 - I am checking in to see how it is going with your CPAP now. Have things improved?
@CalmAmethystLapwing3067 - Some people do experience anxiety associated with using CPAP. What follows is what I advised my CPAP patients in the sleep lab, and especially the last few lines are so important. Understanding the physiology of your upper airway without AND with CPAP is imperative, and relaxation is key.
"“Take some big, deep breaths, completely relax.
Put the mask on your face as you turn the CPAP unit on…
Relax…Close your eyes, clear mind of all thoughts...
Keep lips closed, but don’t tense lips….
Let pressure fill the back of your throat…
IMAGINE your upper airway
being kept open by the pressure…
Breathe with it, not against it………
Breathe slowly…Concentrate…Now, Relax...”
@CalmAmethystLapwing3067 --If you try this a few nights and are still having issues, please let me know.
Great tips! Thank you for sharing @dawnnnny & @bacinmass . Nightly facial hygiene and mask cleaning are vital in having a good seal.
Dear @pocusfocus . I absolutely agree with the reply from @bacinmass . Please see a physician as soon as you can. In all my years involved in monitoring patients, I know of nothing homemade that makes sleep apnea go away. If you need help finding a sleep lab or home sleep study, I can send you some links to national organizations that can help you.
@processman15 - Welcome! I am happy to see you are having a positive experience with your machine and therapy in general. I look forward to hearing more about your experience as time goes on :-)
@CarolSue2 - We are very happy you will be having your titration study and on the road to treatment. Please do let us know how it turns out, and we welcome you to ask as many questions as you would like!
Good luck and hope to hear from you soon!
@LexisMommy1991 - Thank you for your posting, Brittany. A popular belief is that only overweight individuals can have sleep apnea. The truth of the matter is, sleep apnea does not discriminate- people with various body weights develop this disorder.
A medical examination of the back of the throat can sometimes reveal the suspicion of sleep apnea by the presence of fatty deposits there. A thick neck circumference can also be a clue. Of course, a sleep study is the best way for your physician to know exactly how severe the condition is, thus he or she can appropriately prescribe treatment.
Certainly, considering your heart issues, a sleep study would be beneficial. Do you have a referral to a sleep specialist at this time? I can help you find an accredited sleep disorders center in your area should you want me to.
Good luck and we look forward to seeing you post again soon!
@VersatileAmethystSheep8852 - I have several tips for you, and will email them to you when I am back in the office later this evening. Thank you for your posting!! Be well, Theresa