01-15-2014, 08:07 AM
(This post was last modified: 01-15-2014, 08:08 AM by broskyf.)
I have been diagnosed with OSA. I am going back tomorrow night for the cpap fitting. I am very very apprehensive. Life is very hard right now. I feel like a zombie and my bed is my enemy. I spend more time staring at myself in the mirror as I stand by my dresser.
Things I have started doing in the last week or so.. Dieting and eating healthy, working out at the gym and drastically reduced my drinking. I now go to bed sober.
Can you help cheer me up and relieve my fear of this upcoming hospital visit?
Thanks and I am glad I found you all.
G'day broskyf, welcome to the forum.
Most people take some time to adapt to CPAP therapy, but for others it's an instant success. There's no way of knowing until you try. It sounds like you're going in for a titration study. I've never had one myself, but maybe some others will chime in with their experience. As I understand it, you'll be wired up much the same as the sleep study, and the technician will try you with various types of mask and various pressures to see which gives the best results. Most of this happens while you're asleep and you won't even be aware of it. The results will then be the basis of your prescription.
They'll probably start you with a nasal mask that just covers your nose, and maybe a full face mask which covers nose and mouth. Most people seem to prefer the nasal type - I like the full face. The therapy itself can be pretty uneventful - the main thing is to just relax and go with the flow. Just breathe slowly and regularly and the machine will support your breathing and keep your airway open. There's no way the machine can hurt you - the pressure isn't enough to blow up a balloon. But it is enough to open up your airway and get you breathing right. You might experience a feeling which I describe as "drowning in air". It's very common - your lungs need to learn to exhale against the pressure of the air. Alternatively you might feel like you're being deprived of air. That's usually a sign that the pressure isn't high enough yet.
In either case, it can't hurt you. The worst that will happen is a mild feeling of panic and you'll pull the mask off. Again, this is very common - most people pull the mask off in their sleep until they get acclimatised. The best that will happen is that you'll sleep like a baby and wake up feeling better than you have in years.
As I said above, some people get instant results, while for others (most of us) it takes a while (from a few days to a couple of months) to get fully comfortable and get consistently good results. You can't rush it - your body has to learn a new way to breathe, and has to heal itself from the damage done by apnea over the years. Once the results kick in you'll start feeling better. You'll wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and actually able to get out of bed and face the day. Morning headaches will probably disappear, and you start thinking clearer with no brain fog. And if you're like me you'll stop getting up multiple times to go to the toilet.
As the financial gurus say, it's all upside risk. You can't get worse, you'll only get better. The results may not be instant but they will surely come.
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