(04-29-2016, 07:56 PM)lgray95 Wrote: So I'm going to hopefully start using a CPAP machine soon. How long would it take to fix the problems I have?
It really depend on your comorbidity (what else ails you) and your fitness level (The ability of your body to adapt to change)
You are young that usually means your body will adapt faster than in us old people.
Above all don't give up, never surrender to the issues that come up. Many quit b4 seeing any results.
Remember the forum is a great recourse to resolve the issues you encounter.
I am looking forward to hearing more from you on your quest for the perfect night sleep
it'll take more than a doctor to prescribe a remedy
Observations and recommendations communicated here are the perceptions of the writer and should not be misconstrued as medical advice.
An important part of getting better, is taking control of your therapy. The forum can help you to know what machines to select or avoid, and to help you get both effective and comfortable treatment. You need to begin NOW to know about the different machines and especially what you should want or avoid. Most of us do best with an auto CPAP like the Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset, or the Philips Respironics Dreamstation Auto. Both of those machines can change pressures within a range to minimize apnea and improve comfort, regardless of your sleep position, sleep stage or changes in your health or weight. Don't wait to be dispensed a machine before you start researching. You need to know to avoid the Resmed Airsense 10 CPAP and P.R. Dreamstation CPAP. Neither of those machines provides useful waveform data that you need to be in control and knowledgeable about the effectiveness.
Also, there are many masks on the market. Getting the right style and fit is the most important single thing you can do to improve comfort and get good sleep. If you can use a nasal pillows mask like the Resmed Airfit P10, then you will have a mask with minimal contact that is easier to use and it doesn't cover your face and look "medical" like a full face mask, or even nasal mask. Do some research, and be prepared to try several masks. Doing this will shorten the time it takes to feel 100% again.
So after I found out I had SA, I talked to my father in law and he got tested, worse then me. All he has adjusted is humidity and he is doing great: no more snoring, sleeping 9 hours a night without getting up once (grrr).
I however seem to be more sensitive to everything and have had two sleep studies, APAP then VPAP, adjusted the crud out of all my settings and finally as I come close to a year, I am sleeping like I have no memory of sleeping before. 9-11 hours a night, getting up only once or twice, and actually thinking about doing some things I have not done in years-like woodworking.
Who knows were you will get to or how long, but if you stick with it and as above take control of your therapy (do NOT just sit there and wait for it to work) you will be where you should have been all along. You may have to do some focusing on changing some habits and discover more of an outgoing life style, but hey that's a good thing.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I took to CPAP therapy right away, but is takes some people quite a while to adjust.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you as you start your CPAP journey; it will be good to hear how things go with you so keep us posted.