I'm new to the boards today. What a great place for information. A little about me. I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea about a year ago now. I was prescribed the cpap machine and after a small adjustment period, I was tolerating therapy pretty well and was feeling better than I had in a long time. Then about 4-5 months ago I started getting horrible nasal allergies with the nasal pillows I was using. No matter how much I cleaned everything, or how much benadryl I took, nothing was helping. The only thing that helped was to not use the machine and that is not the answer. I did try a new nasal mask, but I'm a side sleeper and I found it to be noisy and it wouldn't stay sealed. My AHI is 55.4.
In the last month I have been to the allergist and I'm not allergic to anything, not even seasonal. I found this interesting because I was sneezing and coughing so bad from trying to use my machine the previous night that the doc thought for sure she'd find something.
I visited my sleep doc again and he prescribed a BiPap (VPap is what I got, assuming this is the same?) I'm not having much improvement so far and the fatigue I am feeling during the day is overwhelming. At this time I am (trying) using the Wisp nasal mask. Oh, and for added fun, I have insomnia, so falling asleep with the mask on is almost impossible as it creates anxiety, insomina, can't sleep...you can see the awful pattern.
I would really welcome any advice from anyone who has suffered anxiety/insomnia and what remedies work. Also, how about the best type of nasal mask for side sleepers? I can't do a full face mask, and I'm a nose breather so that is not an issue.
My current vpap machine is set at 11/ipap and 7/epap. I just asked my doc to add a prescription to add pressure support to the current settings (at the request of my equipment suppliers after I called and asked a hundred questions)...does anyone know what, if anything that will do to help?
One other question, what is a comfortable temp to keep the machine at? I need it cold to sleep and I find that no matter what temp I adjust the machine to, the air within the nasal mask gets hot which I can't tolerate.
Sorry for the long post, but I am at my wits end and I desperately need some help.
Thank you - hanging by a sleepy thread in Michigan...