Sleep Apnea

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  1. tommyguns2

    tommyguns2 Senior Moderators Staff Member

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    I have the full mask, and don't mind it. however, I haven't really tried anything else. It's nice that there are a variety of different options.

    I've had my CPAP machine for several years now and it's been good for me. My apnea wasn't real bad, but bad enough to notice a positive difference.

    The constant pressure doesn't bother me at all. I was surprised at how easy it was to use, and get used to. I think you'll be happy with yours.
     
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  2. kid666

    kid666 VIP Member

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    You'll find exhaling the same as if it weren't on. No issues.
     
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  3. kid666

    kid666 VIP Member

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    Where I run into issues is when I'm sick and congested. And the air can't push through all the damn mucus in my nose. That sucks because I cannot sleep without it now. If I fall asleep without it breathing through my mouth I wake up gasping for air in a semi panic attack course I can't breathe.
     
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  4. DungeonDweller

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    A pleasant side affect for me is that if I am really congested the CPAP will open me up, or keep me open like if I use a Neti Pot first. Makes sleeping when sick easier for me too.
     
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  5. MorganKane

    MorganKane VIP Member

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    Been using a cpap for years.
    Make sure you get a machine that records your sleep.
    You do want to know how you are sleeping.

    I use a full face mask. Resmed mirage quattro.
    Tried different masks and types but I need a full face.
    Took me 17 days of pure hell to get this to work for the first time.
    Mostly due to wrong mask but it takes a while to adjust to the mask.
    It makes a huge difference now. I bring my machine everywhere I go.
    Its been to several countries.

    best place for help that I found is cpaptalk.com
    Great group of people that will help.
     
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  8. DungeonDweller

    DungeonDweller Senior Member

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    Which one?
     
  9. Mike_RN

    Mike_RN Senior Moderators Staff Member

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    The BiPap is harsher than Cpap because it prolongs the exhale to get more CO2 out of your blood stream. It's typically for COPD or Emphysema patients not Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
     
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  10. Mike_RN

    Mike_RN Senior Moderators Staff Member

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    My machine gently ramps up the pressures as opposed to hitting you full force as soon as you turn it on.
     
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  11. Patriot1405

    Patriot1405 VIP Member

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    I'm sure it's just a matter of getting used to it. I had a full face during the study, because I was too congested to just breathe through my nose. But I felt like I couldn't exhale fast enough before I needed to inhale. Might just be in my head as the nurse said I adjusted nicely once I fell asleep.
     
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  12. MorganKane

    MorganKane VIP Member

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    Mine has the same feature but I hated that so I turned it off.
    I started at a pressure of 8 I think but that was way too low.
    I think I am at 11 or 12 now.
     
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