Ncpapmd Spouse Gets C Pap Machine!

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  1. Poodlesrule

    Poodlesrule Well-Known Member

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    New hardware in the house, CAP (edit CPAP) machine for apnea-prone spouse!

    She did very well on first night with it, intro training was very well done.
    The machine seems like a nice piece of hardware and headgear fits well.

    And a snitch wireless grey box inside. Hmm..

    I seem to recall there are a few users here, correct?
     
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    A CPAP machine or a CAP machine?
     
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    Yeah , PAP or CPAP.
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    It has changed my life. I have been only a day or so without it for the past 7 years. Without it ,I know I stop breathing and wake up in somewhat of a panic knowing I am not getting air. I know I'm addicted but so be it.
    Start investigating which non-intrusive masks improve the experience vastly.
    Good luck and health
     
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    I've been using one for probably 15 years. I'm glad it helps me but I hate it. Let's just say it's not very romantic. Plus you regularly have to replace crap on it. Also, you would think it's something you'd get used to pretty quickly but it literally took me years. I would often take it off during the night for at least the first 4 yrs. I still do sometimes. No bueno.

    I hope everything works out well for your wife with hers.
     
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    She did great with it, woke up feeling different in a good way.

    Minor down note, perhaps: After-the-fact reading reviews of recommended outfit for machine, it looks like it isn't the most ethical, hope it works out.
     
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    What is ethical about a CPAP?

    Been using mine for about 8 or 9 years now. Last year we lost power for 5 days (thx Hurricane Irma) and I ended up in the ER due to inability to access and lost sleep. Actually got pneumonia.

    Tell her to hang with it. It just gets better. Sleep is a good thing!
     
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    If you were told you need a CPAP device, then use it!!! It will save your life. Sleep apnea kills thousands ever year. I lost a cousin to it just a few years ago. As a doctor, I prescribe them regularly, but one of the biggest problems with CPAP is patient compliance. There are other surgical and nonsurgical treatments besides CPAP. Three popular choices today are mandibular repositioning devices, Nightlase laser therapy, and the Inspire implantable device. Please discuss treatment options with your doctor to see what is right for you.
     
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    (I sound like a walking public service announcement but please take it seriously)
     
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    Probably talking about shady medical supply companies that overcharge insurance companies

    Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
     
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    I have been using one for years now. I am pretty sure apnea gave my Dad an aneurysm, and I was diagnosed, so I do it.

    And you guys just reminded.me that I need to change the air filter on mine.
     
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    Hello, My name is Mike Sr. and I'm a CPAP user. I just hit the 5 year mark and got a new machine this week. I'll never forget the morning after they did my test. It was like having 15 cups of coffee shot directly in my vein. Damn thing changed my life and it's been 5 years since my last mid-day nap. I use the mask that just goes over my nose only and I also stopped using water in mine and like the cool air coming from the mask instead of the warm moist air.
     
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    Is it a cause or a symptom though?

    My good friend has bad snoring and is always tired, which I've taken to mean he gets little oxygen. I'd like to see him get a machine if needed, but more likely what he really needs is to lose weight and not eat primarily fast food takeout. Then the sleep issues would probably go away on their own.
     
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    Which is why it's diagnosed through a sleep study done at a sleep center. There are home tests, but they aren't nearly as effective.
     
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    Quite a few of the folks involved with my diagnosis said that being overweight may not help but that is usually not the root cause so avoiding Mickey D will not necessarily help. Diagnosis and compliance is the road to go. Sweet sleep...not to be underestimated. I had extreme apnea and now I rarely nap. I am too rested!
     
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    Okay, let me rephrase. What percent of human beings do you believe should only be able to sleep correctly by using a machine?

    Like, no amount of vicodin doctors perscribed me was going to fix my back. Only eating real foods and getting real exercise fixes people. Do you perscribe this first? Is there a program in place to ween people off of medicine and machines? If the machine is needed every night, then it is not really a solution at all but a stop-gap.

    I am not talking about the 1% of people who actually need them, of course.
     
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    Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, have become a significant health issue in the United States. It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed.
     
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    Thanks, this is quite my point. Although it's scary you responded that way, lol.

    Unless we're just on an evolutionary path that now requires machines to sleep, clearly something is causing the problem. There is a reason the body is unable to sleep effectively. Could be poor diet, could be lack of exercise, or stress, and I bet those apply in 99% of cases. Perhaps that's what is should be remedied, so the machine can be only a temporary band-aid.

    Using a machine to sleep is only treating the symptom. What about addressing the cause??
     
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    The cause can be addressed. My wife had her tonsils and adenoids removed when she was two. So did my son.

    And losing weight does help, but if you have it, you have it. Like I said, I am sure my dad had it, and he didn't have an ounce of fat on him.

    I actually worry that, long term, it will decrease the strength of my breathing muscles.
     
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    Yeah, that's a concern as well, developing physical dependence.

    Not to make a linear connection with weight either. There are other ways to be stressed or have health risks without being overweight.
     

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