Wow, if a CPAP is dangerous to your brain, please don't sneeze!
By all means follow doctor's orders, but this sounds misguided. If the risks of brain infection from 8-10 cmH2O air pressure are significant enough to warrant discontinuing CPAP, then I wouldn't do the surgery. JMHO
Sleepster, I am really sorry to hear that you've having so many problems with dizziness.
Your post reminded me of something that I've been wondering about, though. Does air really go up our noses any faster than usual when we're using CPAP? It feels more like there's a stream of air that's going by the end of my nose and out my mask vent, and I inhale air from that stream as needed, at a normal inhalation rate.
Your doctor's warning sounds terrifying, eek! I'm just wondering if his caution is based on studies.
Does anyone know if studies have been done on this?
06-17-2016, 07:59 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-17-2016, 08:02 AM by OpalRose.)
This procedure sounds more involved that just removing polyps. What will they be doing to cause bone fissures? Is this surgery including a reconstruction of the nose?
You are braver than I would be. If it were me, I would get a second opinion if you haven't already done so.
If the end result is better breathing, it may be worth pursuing, but going without Cpap therapy will be challenging. You may be sleeping in a recliner untill you can use your Cpap again.
A thought...have they ruled out other reasons for the dizziness, like vertigo, or high blood pressure?
The surgery is simply to remove polyps. The frontal and sphenoid sinuses are blocked and filled with fluid. This is a known cause of dizziness. The condition can be described as a kind of asthma of the sinuses. It will flare up and fade away. This surgeon had me start taking Singular yesterday.
I'm currently experiencing a flare up of dizziness that's lasted 4 months. Last year's lasted two months. Prior to that I'd have small ones that came and went.
Last year when it lasted for 2 months a different ENT did a series of tests and lots of other causes have been ruled out. There is one more test he said they could do where I'm placed a table and the table is rotated and tilted. They didn't do that because by that time the dizziness had faded away.
There is a small but nonzero chance of a fissure, which is why there's no CPAP therapy during recovery. Perhaps it's because they'll be removing polyps in the frontal sinuses, which are close to the brain. I find it strange that others who have had sinus surgery were able to use their CPAP during recovery. The surgeries I had 15-20 years ago were pre-CPAP for me and there was packing in my nose that prevented me from breathing through my nose. I would rather mouth breathe with CPAP than not without CPAP!
This time there will be no packing, so I will be able to breathe through my nose. The medicines they are giving me now seem to be alleviating the symptoms, so at least I can postpone the surgery while I have time to think about it. The meds are amitriptyline, flonase, and meclizine.
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I wish you good luck on your surgery decision. Wow, no CPAP during recovery, you'll be using the recliner a lotduring those 6 days, that's for sure.
Best of luck with your surgery. I was unable to use my machine for 6 days when recovering from nasal surgery. I was glad when I could go back on my machine. I couldn’t sleep very well anyway due to the splints I had in my nose. I hope they can get you back on your machine quickly.