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[Health] Sleep Quality
#31
RE: Sleep Quality
DaveL
Glad you like your new family doc. Have you talked with her about the new med you don't like? Any adjustments to make it more tolerable?

Medications are so complex and I think all too often side effects and drug interactions are underestimated. 
Eg:  Many classes of prescription medications can interfere with REM sleep and it's almost never talked about. Wrecked sleep should be talked about. 

My docs are talking about writing me off as "chronic fatigue syndrome" without even considering potential medication side effects. 
I'm not okay with another rubber stamp diagnosis.
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#32
RE: Sleep Quality
DaveL,

I enjoyed your rants. I keep wondering if "compliant for 35 years /// Still learning!" in Canada, why did it take me another 20 years to get diagnosed.

Sleep Quality, interesting opening article. Elusive.
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#33
RE: Sleep Quality
Brazen thanks so much.

Years ago my family doc prescribed three drugs. Included a water pill and flomax. By the time I passed a washroom it was too late. I fired him; should have done it years before. He referred me to the sleep-doc-from-...l That jerk sent a report after every visit. I never knew. When he retired it helped a lot of people.

It took 5-6 years to find and be helped by an incredible family doc

We need more doctors. More nurses. However, nurses are badly abused by the system. And that's pre-C19. It takes about 8 hours for an ambulance to hand over a patient at a hospital. They can't leave until they do.

Dave
DaveL
compliant for 35 years /// Still learning!

ResMed N20; ResMed P30i modified headgear; F&P Evora Full FFM



I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#34
RE: Sleep Quality
KeepSmiling I was in my early 40's when I was diagnosed. My Father was never diagnosed. He had OSA. Died at 76. He was a veteran. WW2. Mediterranean. Pacific. Korea. Was a Radar Officer when radar was first being used at war. He wrote a book, and published it himself. Orion, Mighty Warrior.

DaveL
DaveL
compliant for 35 years /// Still learning!

ResMed N20; ResMed P30i modified headgear; F&P Evora Full FFM



I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#35
RE: Sleep Quality
Brazen
Thanks for your note. I'm sorry I've taken so long to respond.
My family doc has referred me to a specialist. I've avoided Statins (?) for cholesterol. I'm on them now. I've had a successful stress test that's leading to more investigation. I'm afraid that thought has me concerned.

Meantime, I never dream. And REM and deep sleep are for short intervals. I often wake wondering if I've ever slept.

Your comments really help.

DaveL
DaveL
compliant for 35 years /// Still learning!

ResMed N20; ResMed P30i modified headgear; F&P Evora Full FFM



I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#36
RE: Sleep Quality
Ahhhh.....another way to mess up my treatment.

I've been using the ResMed N20 mask with the fancy fragile insert--a medium. That's the insert you can't wash because it's so fragile.

I just travelled and stayed overnight. I managed to destroy the insert in the N20 mask in the ResMed carry case. I didn't have a spare.

Be careful out there.

DaveL
DaveL
compliant for 35 years /// Still learning!

ResMed N20; ResMed P30i modified headgear; F&P Evora Full FFM



I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#37
RE: Sleep Quality
What is the "fancy fragile insert"?  I was considering switching to the Nasal Mask. 
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#38
RE: Sleep Quality
Buy the N20  with the silicone insert. Don't buy the one with the memory foam insert if you want long life...  

I buy my masks from my DME supplier for about $300 CDN.  If you use the list of suppliers here you can save a lot of money!

DaveL

here's a link to the list....
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...plier-List


Here's a link to the reviews....

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...plier-List

I've had 6? of these masks.  I'v only bought the memory foam inserts once.  I won't again.  

I use a medium N20 mask using the fit gauge that comes in the box with the mask. I find that the Large size leaks more....I managed to cut the top of my nose and it didn't heal well. (finally did).  That's why I've tried other masks.  (Recently an N30i, and P30i; also an F&P Evora Full, which is the only full face mask I've ever been able to wear, due to claustrophobia.)

I used a Respironics Wisp mask for years too.  It' similar.....

DaveL
DaveL
compliant for 35 years /// Still learning!

ResMed N20; ResMed P30i modified headgear; F&P Evora Full FFM



I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#39
PERFECT NIGHT
Smile

Perfect Night!  AHI=0.0!

What's the same?

ResMed N20 nasal mask

Soft curvical collar; I've used one for quite a while and it's worked well


What's different?

Well, it's a new collar.  I have some work to do..  :-)


Reason for posting.

When I woke up I had no idea i had an unusual night.  
Hours? Check.
Machine on? Check.
Mask on? Check.  All night.

It's perfect!


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DaveL
compliant for 35 years /// Still learning!

ResMed N20; ResMed P30i modified headgear; F&P Evora Full FFM



I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#40
RE: Sleep Quality
Oof.
Perfect by the very flawed sleep industry standard.
That standard and the fact that most sleep docs would never even look at your leak rate is so incredibly frustrating to me.


If it's so medically important to treat sleep apnea why don't the medical professionals look at effectiveness of the prescribed treatment?
What other medical intervention is prescribed without meaningful measurements of effectiveness?
It's like giving someone a medication to treat high blood pressure and then measuring their temperature to determine if it's working.

Aggravating racket.
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