Hi Sylvia. That's great news that you're getting to sleep more quickly. I started CPAP therapy last winter at a pressure of 7.0 cm and also had a problem swallowing air at first.
This happens to lots of people when they first start therapy. I think it only happened to me for the first 4 nights or so, with decreasing severity each night.
If I woke up at night feeling like I'd swallowed air, I'd get up and walk around for a while and drink something fizzy.
Meds that neutralize abdominal gas would work too, I'm sure.
06-04-2016, 10:52 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-05-2016, 08:48 AM by 0rangebear.)
I see the team here in the forum is getting you set up for some data analysis to help you find the "sweet pot settings for you therapy.
Be patient and give it some time. The time it takes to see benefits of therapy is dependent on something called comorbidities (what else ails you) disease, age, obesity, stress, reactions to the equipment, phobias, allergies. etc.
There are those in this forum that will tell you they saw immediate relief to some of their symptoms.
I actually felt worse of for fist 6 weeks.
I am now in my 6th month of therapy and I am glad I did not quit while I was in Tartarus
Never surrender Never give up
You can do this
(06-04-2016, 07:31 AM)SylviaT Wrote: OK, so 3 nights in and here is what I'm feeling:
I am finally getting to sleep faster then the first night when it took me 3 hours to fall asleep.
I am NOT feeling the energy I've read, been told and heard people get once they begin CPAP therapy.
I am feeling bloated and gassy with CPAP and apparently swallowing the air!
Thoughts, Help and Comments appreciated!
it'll take more than a doctor to prescribe a remedy
Observations and recommendations communicated here are the perceptions of the writer and should not be misconstrued as medical advice.
I'm about a month in, and I understand just what you are saying. HANG IN THERE! It does get better.
I was in complete denial about having apnea, but the first night of my study, I was clocked at an AHI of 43. So safe to say I do. But I slept like, uh, well that first night was terrible. They decided that I needed a second night to "titrate bipap" which meant nothing to me. I went home after the second night feeling kinda OK but expecting to take a nap, as usual. But as the day wore on I realized that I felt pretty darn good, in fact that had been the best I had slept for decades. I was an extremely impatient patient waiting two weeks for my equipment to be available.
The first night I had my own machine I really expected my world to change, but no dice. My AHI the first night was over 8, and I really needed a nap that afternoon. I messed with the humidity settings on my machine, but am holding off changing my pressures until after my follow up with my doctor. My numbers have dropped week by week, but a very good night will often be followed by a very crappy night. And although I have yet to wake up in the morning ready to conquer the world, I do feel a lot more energetic. And I have stopped taking naps altogether. My cardiologist had already made me give up caffeine - no coffee or tea. At least I still have chocolate!
Unfortunately I have also essentially stopped drinking alcohol as well. I was not a big drinker anyway: I like a glass of wine in the evening - maybe 5 or so times a week. But monitoring my progress with SleepyHead has made it very clear that if I do drink any alcohol after dinner, it shows up in my CA events. I have central apnea - no real obstructive events at all, unless my allergies are acting up. Since my primary issue is not initiating breathing, it is not too surprising that depressants make that even worse.
Anyway, the last few nights I have finally seen numbers below 1.0! But, of course, last night was 4.29. Oh well. But I'm sure I'll get back below 1 in the next night or two, and my weekly average continues to decline.
If you read all the way to here I'd just like to repeat that you will see progress. There may have to be changes in how you set your machine, or in some of your favorite habits, but I'm sure you'll get there.
its kinda funny when someone posts something and I am like oh thank god its not just me so this must be normal,thank god for the forum and the great people on it