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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-01-2004, 02:44 PM
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CPAP machine for sleep apnea

I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea and they are going to do a second night study with a CPAP machine so that one can be prescribed for me.

Does anyone else have sleep apnea and have to use a CPAP? If so, any suggestions on brands, usage, etc?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-01-2004, 04:32 PM
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Sleep apnea for anyone reading this that is confused is basically when your airways relax during sleep... so much so that it causes you to stop breathing momentarily and you wake up frequently without getting restful REM sleep...

I do not know what brands they use in the USA - they are pretty much the same design etc. There are ones that cover just the nose, and ones that cover both the mouth and nose... I guess it's just personal preference as to which you prefer... obviously with the mouth and nose one you can not talk whilst it is in situ...

My brother in law is in the process of getting a CPAP machine as he has sleep apnea and I am a stoodent nurse so if you have any questions feel free to ask and I might have some info for you somewhere

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My boyfriend has told me before that sometimes when he sleeps he knows he stops breathing and it wakes him up. I don't think he's ever talked to a doctor about it.

Is this a very serious problem?
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I'm not sure if it's "serious" but it's definitely treatable. Both my parents have it. They're both obese, though. I think my mom's is caused more by a deviated septum and sinus issues rather than obesity, but not my dad's. They both are on machines, I'm not sure what "brand." However, my mom is going to be switching to the machine that releases moisture (she has sever sinus problems that she so delightfully passed on to me gentically ). Both use masks that cover their mouths so they don't snore.
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My boyfriend has told me before that sometimes when he sleeps he knows he stops breathing and it wakes him up. I don't think he's ever talked to a doctor about it.

Is this a very serious problem?
It can become serious if left untreated, especially if it's severe. Not to scare you, but my dad, who has severe sleep apnea was told that if he did not get the machine he could die from it. I highly recommend that he talk to his doctor about getting a sleep study done.
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Heh a guy my boyfriend works with has what I can only describe as weird sleep apnea :lol

He apparently holds his breath in his sleep (for up to a minute) then he exhales very slowly but he kinda moans/squeaks as he does it :lol

He's a freak
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