Well, since you seem intent on shutting down any discussion on the topic, I will elaborate. My edema (fluid retention) was so bad my eyes wept, my nose ran constantly, I couldn't make a fist and I couldn't put on my shoes. I gained 9 pounds in water weigh and my blood pressure went through the roof. I spent my first night since starting CPAP not using it for the whole night, and guess what, my edema was almost gone by the next morning. Of course, I was up every hour going to the bathroom but, weight was down 8 pounds and my BP was lowered significantly. Now, how can this not be CPAP related? Many other forums have addressed this topic so I know I am not alone. I am not saying CPAP therapy is bad, in fact it had been great for me but, all I am asking is if anyone has had success in dealing with this problem. If it makes you feel any better, I will be seeing my PCP next week and, like everyone else, I will do the required testing and/or medications he recommends.
Hi Everyone, my name is Cynthia. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in July and have been on CPAP therapy for almost a month. I took a three day home sleep study and the initial AHI results were 55.4 an hour. I now use a ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP machine with a AirFit (F10) full face mask and my AHI is already down to <5 most nights. I am currently set at 9 cm H2O with a humidity level of 3. I have so far been devoted to the process (all night, every night) but, I am having one issue that I can't seem to find an answer for. After the first week I noticed my feet, legs, hands and face were becoming swollen to the point of discomfort.
I have been doing research on the topic but I get nothing. Websites and other forums are outdated with no useful information. Plenty of people seem to have this problem but all I read are sad stories of how their doctors wouldn't believe their edema was CPAP related, offered drugs (Lasix) or ran a bunch of other unnecessary test. Mostly, no help whatsoever. I tried lowering my humidity level and elevating my feet to no avail and it just seems to be getting worse. I am doing great with all other aspects of therapy but, if I can't get this issue resolved I'm afraid I might give up.
Please talk to me if you have had, or are having, a problem with edema related to your CPAP usage and if you have found relief. Thanks.