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36 nights on APAP - still very poor sleep
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RE: 36 nights on APAP - still very poor sleep
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Septoplasty? If you have a deviated septum that is affecting breathing, in addition to sleep apnea, I would think it should be a fairly easy sell for insurance coverage. If no deviated septum, I don't know how it would help?

I had septoplasty about 25 years ago, in addition to sinus surgery, as an attempt to improve breathing and reduce headaches.  Didn't work on that but at least my nose is straight now. (My brother punched me in the nose when I was six) It was a painful recovery but I think mostly due to the work they did in my sinuses.
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RE: 36 nights on APAP - still very poor sleep
I do have a deviated septum, as well as enlarged turbinates - the respiratory therapist I've been seeing gave me the impression that CPAP was all I "should" need and waved off questions about surgery, but I've been less than impressed with them. I'll get in touch with my primary care doc about seeing an ENT. Thanks!
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RE: 36 nights on APAP - still very poor sleep
All right, last question for now - do these jagged exhales and deformed inhale peaks point to anything specific I could work on?
   

That's a random snippet from last night; 5.0/20.0 pressure settings, EPR on. Here's the full report from that night:
   
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RE: 36 nights on APAP - still very poor sleep
Those with deviated septum often benefit from a full face mask. Supplier #1 (see the supplier list in black bar above) has ratings and reviews. You can see which are most popular, which presumably means they work for more people. Be aware that reviews are highly subjective - one man's trash is another's pressure. Your respiratory therapist may have some samples you can try for free.
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