Hi there, I'm pretty new to this really. I have a severe obstructive sleep apnea with an AHI of 61. My clinic fitted me in quickly and got me a med air with nasal mask only. There is no humidifier. I told them that I find it hard to breathe through my nose as was used to breathing through my mouth. The nurse said, as I can see you breathe through your nose and aren't having difficulty, we usually give out nasal masks.
She measured me for a full mask and then I have been using the nasal mask at home. After about four days, I noticed I was having a lot of nasal congestion that at times wakes me up finding it hard to use the mask. I have to unblock my nose, use the nasal spray I bought and try again. The last few days have been really hard and even with the spray can't unblock either one or both sides of my nose. My GP said there wasn't any other meds he could give me, apart from an over the counter spray which I have.
I have left messages with the clinic with them not getting back to me. I will ring on Monday when they are back and really try and see if I can get a full face mask. Do you think this is the way forward for me now. The nasal mask although at first was alright, nearly two weeks in, I'm struggling. Thank you so much for your advice. - Mike.
Thanks Sierra, that has given me a lot to think about and I will certainly take your advice about CPAP and AHI. This has been very useful. Can I ask, is it normal to sleep for so long with sleep apnea. My GP didn't seem surprised but wondered what others thought. Thanks.
Hi there, I'm new to the forum. My GP thinks it is possible I have sleep apnea and I am due a test on 16th of January with results on 17th of January. I've had really poor sleep for about a year now. It has gradually got worse to the extent that I can sleep for about 17 hours a night/day and only then feel quite awake. If I sleep any less than that, I can end up falling back asleep on the couch. This week I've been so exhausted that I've taken sick time off of work. Has anyone else had to do that ? I wondered if this type of fatigue is normal.
Having read some of the posts on the forum, some people's problems don't seem to be over when they are diagnosed have CPAP for treatment.
Looking forward to hearing from. Thanks - Mike.