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Newbie - How Long to Feel Better with CPAP use
#11
I began my recovery 6-1/2 weeks ago. I was sure people got tired, worn down, and walking dead when they got my age (just over 50). After all it was just stress, and once I shed (as in, retire from) that awful job that has supported my family, I could get my life back. I could fall asleep in mid sentence, what a trick! Never fell asleep when others relied on me. But, when my daughter said she has hard time being with me because she is so horribly sad and scared I'll die. YIKES!

Well, I am glad I promised to get checked, and glad I made good on that promise.

My condition does not seem incredibly hard to treat. None of the effects of apnea so far have be hopelessly complex, but there are blood sugar, blood pressure, and thyroid autoimmune things going on. Perhaps they will stabilize, maybe some of it will reverse. I count myself fortunate that I have not experienced strokes, heart attacks, afib, fall asleep at the wheel accidents, and loss of job.

I am thankful for finding you, this community at apneaboard. Thanks for being there, talking about issues, giving a helping hand.

I have had awesome WOW feelings, both the first day, and periodically since.
Dedicated to QALity sleep.
You'll note I am listed as an Advisory Member. I am honored to be listed as such. See the fine print - Advisory Members as a group provide advice and suggestions to Apnea Board administrators and staff concerning Apnea Board operation and administrative policies. Membership in the Advisory Member group should not be understood as in any way implying medical expertise or qualification for advising Sleep Apnea patients concerning their treatment.
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#12
For me that WOW moment did not occur for about 9 months and when it did it actually lasted about 2 weeks. It occurred before I knew much about what I was doing (had not found this board yet). I slept through every night. I woke up ready and eager to meet the day. It seemed like I did not move at all in my sleep (woke up in the same position I went to sleep). Woke up on my side. Normally go to sleep on my side but wake up on my back. Had loads of energy. Never felt like I needed a nap. Never yawned in the afternoon or evening. Just felt great.

I have been chasing that feeling ever since and it has been about 3.5 years. I have also learned a lot about PAPing in the interim. Sadly I did not find this board until I had been PAPing for several years. I decided to go searching for information to help me to find that WOW area again and that is when I found the Apnea Board. A real WOW moment but of a different type.

I know that my life is improved over living without the CPAP but I still search for that WOW area that I visited before. This may be some of the reason for some of us to go by the rule, "If it ain't broke, fix it anyway". It may look like it is fixed but to us it is not fixed until we revisit that WOW area on a permanent basis.
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#13
I,m 6 odd weeks into it and I felt a lot better around the 3 week mark.I rarely sleep through the night though,hopefully that will come with time.No more falling asleep on the couch after work.Now I have to try to go bed at a decent time.
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#14
I wish I could say that after 60 days on CPAP that I feel 100% better, but I do notice some differences. Instead of waking up every hour, I can at least sleep 3 hours before waking up. It is quite frustrating, because I would love to sleep through the night. Once I wake up, it takes me a couple of hours to fall back asleep. I hope this improves with time. I also spend a lot of time fighting with my pillow. I have spent a lot of dollars on different CPAP pillows, but they don't work for me. I am short with a short neck, and most of these specialty pillows aren't made for short people. I will just keep looking for that perfect pillow, if it's out there!
I would like to encourage anyone out there to not give up, beacuse I'm not! I believe that I have had sleep apnea for at least 10 years before being tested. I had never heard of it, and didn't know why I couldn't stay awake during the day. Once you know, keep up the treatment untill you find what works for you. I hope that soon I can sleep through the night and wake up feeling great. I wish the same to all of you out there. Sleep-well
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(12-22-2014, 04:01 PM)roe1549 Wrote: I wish I could say that after 60 days on CPAP that I feel 100% better, but I do notice some differences. Instead of waking up every hour, I can at least sleep 3 hours before waking up. It is quite frustrating, because I would love to sleep through the night. Once I wake up, it takes me a couple of hours to fall back asleep. I hope this improves with time. I also spend a lot of time fighting with my pillow. I have spent a lot of dollars on different CPAP pillows, but they don't work for me. I am short with a short neck, and most of these specialty pillows aren't made for short people. I will just keep looking for that perfect pillow, if it's out there!
I would like to encourage anyone out there to not give up, beacuse I'm not! I believe that I have had sleep apnea for at least 10 years before being tested. I had never heard of it, and didn't know why I couldn't stay awake during the day. Once you know, keep up the treatment untill you find what works for you. I hope that soon I can sleep through the night and wake up feeling great. I wish the same to all of you out there. Sleep-well

Just wondering if you've tried the nasal mask?, I can see not every mask or method will work the same for everyone, I've only tried 2 nasal mask and for me the two I have tried were night and day difference from one another, I don't like the larger one's because I'm very claustrophobic and no need for a full mask because I'm a nose breather, I know at some point I'll try the pillows but I'm just not there yet.

Mr. Van Winkle
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Hi Mr. van Winkle,
Yes, during sleep study, they tried two different nasal masks. I am also very claustrophobic and had a difficult time with the nasal masks. I pretty much had a panic attack there, and slept less than two hours. I had to go back for a second study, and they tried the nasal pillow which I could tolerate, but only slept for 3 hours. My sleep study showed that I stopped breathing over 33 times an hour and oxygen level dropped to 69%. I was thinking of trying a hybrid mask, but unable to get much information about this type of mask. Since I discovered this forum, I get the impression that the type of mask could affect your numbers. Although I really like the nasal pillow and don't have much trouble with it, except for occasional mouth breathing due to nasal congestion. I am going to add a chin strap to see if that helps. What do you think of my AHI being around 4, but no obstructed, and a couple of centrals. My numbers usually consist of hypopaneas lasting 15 seconds
to over 30 seconds. Even though my numbers are usually under 5 AHI, I am worried about the hypopaneas and how long they last. What do you think?
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(12-22-2014, 05:25 PM)roe1549 Wrote: Hi Mr. van Winkle,
Yes, during sleep study, they tried two different nasal masks. I am also very claustrophobic and had a difficult time with the nasal masks. I pretty much had a panic attack there, and slept less than two hours. I had to go back for a second study, and they tried the nasal pillow which I could tolerate, but only slept for 3 hours. My sleep study showed that I stopped breathing over 33 times an hour and oxygen level dropped to 69%. I was thinking of trying a hybrid mask, but unable to get much information about this type of mask. Since I discovered this forum, I get the impression that the type of mask could affect your numbers. Although I really like the nasal pillow and don't have much trouble with it, except for occasional mouth breathing due to nasal congestion. I am going to add a chin strap to see if that helps. What do you think of my AHI being around 4, but no obstructed, and a couple of centrals. My numbers usually consist of hypopaneas lasting 15 seconds
to over 30 seconds. Even though my numbers are usually under 5 AHI, I am worried about the hypopaneas and how long they last. What do you think?

5 AHI is a lot better than 33
I had 37 AHI on my sleep study , I'm mostly under 1 AHI since I've been using the F&P Eson nasal mask before that one I was using the Resmed N10 nasal mask and was in the 2-4 AHI range .
I'm so new to this myself I'm sure more experienced folks will chime in to help.
One thing for sure WE are at the right place for help and assistance that is for sure!
Keep it up! it's definitely working!
Mr. Van Winkle
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#18
Thanks, it looks like your mask change mad a difference.
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I have had my Resmed S9 since March 2014 and I don't feel any different. I have a hard time with congestion and don't have that under control. My sleep Dr said to take something like Allegra. Not!! Doesn't work.Rolleyes
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#20
Choosing a FFM for me was a "no-brainer" because of (1) feeling of choking when using either nasal mask or pillows, (2) have had a nearly constant sinus issue even when using decongestants and nasal sprays, (3) resulting long - like 30 yr - habit of mouth breathing.
I'll tell you this, in a way of recommending, the FFM may be a solution for you so if you do get stuffy you can use mouth breathing as an alternative.
Negatives to FFM: (1) more of your face is covered and cannot be reached in case of itch (my nemesis), (2) heard therapy is potentially less effective, (3) larger area to seal, (4) more area exposed to forced air drying and irritation.
Positives to FFM: (1) mouth breathing is relatively easy as required, (2) mouth breathing is also sensed and rewarded by the machine, (3) it eases my brain while my nasal passages clear initially and with position changes.
What I found was - my nasal passages do clear quite readily after a few minutes use, I rarely use decongestants, anti-histamines, and anti-inflammatory medications I formerly used. Having a FFM just assures me while I relax and my nasal passages clear.
You may also gain the same assurance, making treatment easier to put up with.
Dedicated to QALity sleep.
You'll note I am listed as an Advisory Member. I am honored to be listed as such. See the fine print - Advisory Members as a group provide advice and suggestions to Apnea Board administrators and staff concerning Apnea Board operation and administrative policies. Membership in the Advisory Member group should not be understood as in any way implying medical expertise or qualification for advising Sleep Apnea patients concerning their treatment.
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