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Does anyone ever "recover" from sleep apnea?
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Does anyone know of stories of people "recovering" from sleep apnea?  I've been using my APAP for almost one year, with great results.  My AHI in the sleep lab was 31.  Now it's usually between 1 and 2.   So - the machine works and I'm not tired in the day anymore!   But, just wondering if this machine is going to be a forever thing.   I don't have any weight to lose and I'm not interested in the awful surgeries I've read about - but is there anything else out there that indicates a person can get over sleep apnea?   If anyone knows of articles I should read or has any personal stories to share, I would appreciate it.     Thanks  -Jane
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I have heard of Sleep Apnea diminishing if one loses a lot of weight. But I have never heard of it removing the need for the CPAP machine. Using a CPAP machine treats the symptoms of Sleep Apnea, it is not a cure. The underlying physical reasons for your Apnea will always be there and as we age it actually has the potential to get worse. If you stopped using your machine at any point your AHI would be back to what it was before you started using your machine, immediately. We are hose heads for life.

The internet is full of false information. Doing a google search on "Curing Sleep Apnea" is no exception. Just tons of BS. The truth is you can perhaps improve on your AHI score with lifestyle changes and supposedly improve your AHI score somewhat (though opinion can be mixed on this) with throat exercises but again, I have never heard of there being a single documented case of it removing the need for using a CPAP machine.
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It is funny, I just returned from my sleep doctor and we had the exact discussion concerning "being cured of sleep apnea". His reply and Marillion's were word for word almost verbatim that people will need their machine the rest of their lives. I would not want to give up my machine anyway, it makes me feel so good!!
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It Is because of my wife that I was diagnosed with sleep apnea . She heard me gasping for air at night. I was given a machine and she asked how long will I need it. I answered, How long will I live?

There is another treatment that was on the news today. I believe that it is called Insprire . It is like a pace maker except they put an electrode in the base of your tongue. When your throat is blocked off it shoots a current in your tongue to open your throat. It is implanted in your tongue, throat and chest and further surgeries will be needed to replace batteries. Cost $20,000.00

car54
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#5
I would say that given how I feel now verse the last 40 years of untreated SA, that have recovered from SA by using a CPAP.
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Only if there is a cause of the sleep apnea that can be removed. For some people, medication causes their sleep apnea (think pain meds). For some people, alcohol or smoking is what is causing their apnea and eliminating those vices eliminates the apnea. For me, a pacemaker will likely remove my need for a cpap, but I don't see that coming anytime soon. So, the best answer is probably not. You have it forever.
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(05-16-2017, 04:20 PM)JaneAM Wrote: Does anyone know of stories of people "recovering" from sleep apnea?  I've been using my APAP for almost one year, with great results.  My AHI in the sleep lab was 31.  Now it's usually between 1 and 2.   So - the machine works and I'm not tired in the day anymore!   But, just wondering if this machine is going to be a forever thing.   I don't have any weight to lose and I'm not interested in the awful surgeries I've read about - but is there anything else out there that indicates a person can get over sleep apnea?   If anyone knows of articles I should read or has any personal stories to share, I would appreciate it.     Thanks  -Jane

no cures unless maybe you weighed 900 pounds and lost weight to 100 

the machine is forever if you want to sleep better
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Don't worry...This is just the denial phase. Many of us went through it. SA is here to stay for most of us (all?) I often joke with my wife when we go to bed and she reminds me to put my "headgear" on. I tell her that I won't need it tonight because I think I'm cured. We laugh and then I put my mask on before she smothers me with a pillow.
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(05-17-2017, 11:54 AM)signal13 Wrote: Don't worry...This is just the denial phase.  Many of us went through it.  SA is here to stay for most of us (all?)  I often joke with my wife when we go to bed and she reminds me to put my "headgear" on.  I tell her that I won't need it tonight because I think I'm cured.  We laugh and then I put my mask on before she smothers me with a pillow.

Well if your SA is caused by wifey placing a pillow over your face, then it might just be curable.
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