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[Diagnosis] New forum member, have been on CPAP for a month. Just started using OSCAR
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RE: New forum member, have been on CPAP for a month. Just started using OSCAR
Beautiful.  I'm learning.  Thank you again.
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RE: New forum member, have been on CPAP for a month. Just started using OSCAR
    It seems bonjour is correct about that issue being "Positional Apnea" for me.  I removed my pillow so that when I fell asleep in the supine position, my head and chin would be more flat.  When I reviewed the charts the next morning I found that this helped, but only a little.  I bought a soft cervical collar, and last night my results were dramatically improved.  Of course one test is never conclusive, but this is encouraging.  I actually like the support that the collar gives me during the night.  I also sleep on my side about half the time.  I wear an f30 mask.  I have very little chin protrusion and I believe the lower mask straps actually pull my chin down and contribute to the problem.
screenshot attached of a much improved sleep.
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RE: New forum member, have been on CPAP for a month. Just started using OSCAR
(07-18-2020, 03:55 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: In your case, even in your sleep, you had the good sense to move. As you can see in the Wiki not everyone shares that good sense. The purpose of my post was just to make you aware of it.

I bought one those cervical collars. I bought The Eliminator from Amazon. I posted my results. Looks like it made a big difference!


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RE: New forum member, have been on CPAP for a month. Just started using OSCAR
(07-23-2020, 11:19 AM)whiteoak Wrote: It seems bonjour is correct about that issue being "Positional Apnea" for me.  I removed my pillow so that when I fell asleep in the supine position, my head and chin would be more flat.  When I reviewed the charts the next morning I found that this helped, but only a little.  I bought a soft cervical collar, and last night my results were dramatically improved.  Of course one test is never conclusive, but this is encouraging.  I actually like the support that the collar gives me during the night.  I also sleep on my side about half the time.  I wear an f30 mask.  I have very little chin protrusion and I believe the lower mask straps actually pull my chin down and contribute to the problem.
screenshot attached of a much improved sleep.
Thank you bonjour

I bought a cervical collar from Amazon called the Eliminator. Also made a big difference in my results. Good to see you got much better results too. How have your results been these past few days?

Which collar did you buy? It took me about an hour to fall asleep with the collar, I didn't find it very comfortable when I am on my side. But I woke up feeling great so I will continue to use it. Look at my results I posted a moment ago
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RE: New forum member, have been on CPAP for a month. Just started using OSCAR
The soft cervical collar I purchased is a very inexpensive “OTC” collar.  About 3” wide and has a small dip for your chin.  It’s soft and comfortable.   I tighten it just enough to eliminate any chin drop.  I’ve used it 4 nights now and it has eliminated my positional apnea issue.  It has also greatly helped with mouth leak.  Even though I wear a hybrid full face mask, I was still having issues with my mouth opening, air pressure changing, my soft palate changing position and it would wake me up.   I was still taping my lips closed to prevent this.   Last night was my second night to not have to tape.  Love it!  
I actually like wearing the collar.  It gives me a little support when sleeping on my side, and no more stiff necks.....still early in the trial, but it works SO MUCH BETTER than the chin strap I tried.....
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RE: New forum member, have been on CPAP for a month. Just started using OSCAR
Now realize that most doctors are against the use of a collar because it is not in their book of treatments.
Fred Bonjour - Project Manager and Lead Tester for OSCAR - Open Source CPAP Analysis Reporter 
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RE: New forum member, have been on CPAP for a month. Just started using OSCAR
(07-25-2020, 03:01 PM)whiteoak Wrote: The soft cervical collar I purchased is a very inexpensive “OTC” collar.  About 3” wide and has a small dip for your chin.  It’s soft and comfortable.   I tighten it just enough to eliminate any chin drop.  I’ve used it 4 nights now and it has eliminated my positional apnea issue.  It has also greatly helped with mouth leak.  Even though I wear a hybrid full face mask, I was still having issues with my mouth opening, air pressure changing, my soft palate changing position and it would wake me up.   I was still taping my lips closed to prevent this.   Last night was my second night to not have to tape.  Love it!  
I actually like wearing the collar.  It gives me a little support when sleeping on my side, and no more stiff necks.....still early in the trial, but it works SO MUCH BETTER than the chin strap I tried.....

I tried the chin straps as well. Was awful, I could not fall asleep with it. Just like it took me some time to get used to the feeling of Resmed P10 mask, I know it will take some time for me to get used to the collar. 

(07-25-2020, 04:48 PM)bonjour Wrote: Now realize that most doctors are against the use of a collar because it is not in their book of treatments.

Should people that were prescribed a CPAP machine, should have been prescribed/purchased instead a collar? In other words, can a collar treat sleep apnea for a few people with sleep apnea? Since using the machine I have been feeling much better, I'd rather not try to sleep a night without it to find out. My doc said I had a mild case of sleep apnea at '7 an hour' events. With the collar and my machine, I only had 3 events my entire night's sleep. Looking back, 7 events an hour isn't mild. I am feeling much better!
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RE: New forum member, have been on CPAP for a month. Just started using OSCAR
The collar only applies in a specific case. If you get to here and we say collar, you need a CPAP in some form also.
Fred Bonjour - Project Manager and Lead Tester for OSCAR - Open Source CPAP Analysis Reporter 
OSCAR

Download OSCAR
New to Apnea? Helpful tips to ensure success
Soft Cervical Collar
Mask Primer
Dealing with a DME
Organize Charts
Attaching Charts

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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