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[Treatment] Recommendation for cervical collar for positional apnea
#21
RE: Recommendation for cervical collar for positional apnea
Gotcha. One thing I don't like about these collars is the thickness of the strap on the back part of the neck that causes it to shift when on the pillow. Maybe I'm better off with a more shallow pillow. This shifting is worse on thicker pillows.

For the above reason, I'm considering Dr Dakota's collar that uses thin straps around the back half of the neck. Anybody try Dr Dakota's collar?
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#22
RE: Recommendation for cervical collar for positional apnea
I think the trick no matter what you use is to make sure you use the length correct for your neck circumference, such that it doesn't overlap.  You should just end up with the velcro strap holding both ends together end to end.  I also use an orthopedic pillow that seems to help.  I used to use two pillows, but naturally, the flatter you can get your head neck with your spine, the more it helps with the CPAP treatment.

That said, I have tried the Dr. Dakota.  Please note there are two sizes, one that is the standard, and the other is larger/taller.  I tried the Std and needed the Lg, but in the end, it didn't work so well for me, so it's sitting on the shelf in the closet.  I found that in order to get it tight enough to avoid spinning, it was too uncomfortable.
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#23
RE: Recommendation for cervical collar for positional apnea
Thanks for the suggestion, mrmagloo

I decided against Dr Dakota type collar based on you saying it shifts around.

update: I found a 2.5" collar that works well for me (until now, I thought 3" was the lowest I can go), and doesn't cause jaw aggravations. I use Alpha Medical Universal Cervical Collar Neck Brace (2.5" Wide)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076HT...UTF8&psc=1

There's a made in USA tag on this one.

The shape works for me, and I use it upside down for the upper portion to not hit my jaw first, but my chin instead. So, this one is short and actually doesn't cause any cluster obstructions for me (which is quite a pleasant surprise). Also, my 95% FL last night went to lowest at .01 (it was usually around .03 with a good mask, and .05-6 with a worse mask). The lower FL value is telling me it's working well.

The main differentiations between the generic looking collars is the shape, they somewhat vary in shape. That is the main difference that one may work better over another.
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RE: Recommendation for cervical collar for positional apnea
(10-12-2021, 01:27 PM)CorruptAlligator Wrote: Thanks for the suggestion, mrmagloo

I decided against Dr Dakota type collar based on you saying it shifts around.  

update: I found a 2.5" collar that works well for me (until now, I thought 3" was the lowest I can go), and doesn't cause jaw aggravations.  I use Alpha Medical Universal Cervical Collar Neck Brace (2.5" Wide)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076HT...UTF8&psc=1

There's a made in USA tag on this one.

The shape works for me, and I use it upside down for the upper portion to not hit my jaw first, but my chin instead.  So, this one is short and actually doesn't cause any cluster obstructions for me (which is quite a pleasant surprise).  Also, my 95% FL last night went to lowest at .01 (it was usually around .03 with a good mask, and .05-6 with a worse mask).  The lower FL value is telling me it's working well.

The main differentiations between the generic looking collars is the shape, they somewhat vary in shape.  That is the main difference that one may work better over another.

Awesome news!
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RE: Recommendation for cervical collar for positional apnea
Now, I do not wear a collar at all. No clusters of OA. However, my 95% FL increased from .01-.04 to .06-.08

When I have the collar on, it feels restrictive (and ironically, I feel like I can't breath as well, when I'm awake, but it's probably a different story when asleep). I feel like my sleep quality might be better without the collar. Not too sure, there maybe no difference despite the increased FL.

The reason why I can sleep without a collar is the usage of nasal mask. I cannot do that with FFM or I will get clusters.
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