01-28-2014, 10:51 PM
(This post was last modified: 01-28-2014, 10:55 PM by herbm.)
I use Nostrilla 12 hour (it lasts between 4-8, occasional 12 hours.
In no way is this something that I am recommending but merely a story that might be interesting.
First, this stuff works. It may or may not last but it lasts longer than anything else I have tried.
I have been using it continuously 24/7 for the last 2-3 months with no known problems*
Previously I used it starting about 15 years and until about 2008, for most of that time almost continuously.
My doctor in 1998 looked at it after I had been using it for months or longer, and said (words to the effect), "If it works I don't see anything wrong with it." Other doctors have given the standard advice that you aren't supposed to do this.
She might have been mistaken or an idiot or anyone opposed to it might have been merely stated the "received wisdom" or might have known something specific.
I got off of it almost totally a few years ago; keeping the dozen unopened boxes (we bought as much of it as we could find when we went to the pharmacy and should have just bought it by the case), using them up SLOWLY over those years, mainly for very OCCASIONAL use such as when having a cold (I get few colds so it took a while.)
Your mileage will CERTAINLY VARY, but I like it and use it as much as seems necessary.
* My belief is that it MIGHT establish a bit of a dependency -- the more you spray the more you are stuck with it -- but it was easier enough to give up when I stopped AS LONG AS there was nothing else (allergies, cold etc) causing my current symptoms.
Other methods that help both in combination and alone:
1) Nasal lavage with simple salt water (saline) and/or using the NeilMed squeeze bottles designed for this.
2) BreathRight Strips (or other cheaper and cruddier strips)
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
With that kind of pressure, you could inflate the Hindenberg in about 6 minutes. Mine stared out at 10 and I told the sleep doc that was not enough and now I'm at 12 which seems about right, but depending on what machine you have and the settings, your comfort level might not be right until you tweak it, and get a lower pressure.
I have three CPAP machines (kinda complicated because I have two residences and keep a machine at each) and I have a tiny machine with no humidifyer that I use to travel on the airlines. I decided to set the small machine (did it by myself at my own choosing) at 12.5 pounds and it made me flashback to the 60s when the saying "blow my mind" was popular... 12.5 pounds was like blowing out Carlsbad Caverns of bats, but I learned to live with it (and I now dream I am a spelunker... )
The other two machines set at 12 pounds are nowhere close to "blowing my mind" like the little bugger I travel with. But egads, man 18 pounds seems like a booster rocket NASA could use on launching something into space.
I have a PhD from M.I.T.
Post hole Digger from Miller Implement & Tractor