Post Reply 
weight gain + lost "wind"
Author Message
SledDawg Offline

New Members

Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 2014

Machine: ResMed
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed
Humidifier: ResMed
CPAP Pressure: 4.5
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location:

Post: #1
weight gain + lost "wind"
Relatively new user here - I've been on a face mask for about 5 months.

As others have noted, I've had some weight gain, which I think is mostly stomach muscle. In the first couple of months I would wake up alert and mentally rested, but physically tired. In particular my chest muscles would be aching. I put this down to using those muscles more to "fight" the pressure of the CPAP. That's gone away, but now my stomach is getting bigger. I exercise regularly and don't overeat. What can I do?

Another phenomenon: I seem to have lost some "wind". I'm a sometime singer (sing lead in a geezer rock band) and since I've been on the CPAP I seem to get out of breath much more. I've had to change the way I breath in phrasing, so I don't run out of wind.
Even for things like going up stairs, I'm huffing and puffing more. What's up with this? I've never had these problems before - I would have thought this stuff would get better...

Any advice appreciated.
05-22-2014 08:38 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
retired_guy Offline

Preferred Members-2

Posts: 2,744
Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: ResMed
CPAP Pressure: 10.6/14, EPR 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Is it bedtime yet?

Sex: Male
Location: Beautiful, albeit very wet Oregon Coast

Post: #2
RE: weight gain + lost "wind"
(05-22-2014 08:38 AM)SledDawg Wrote:  Relatively new user here - I've been on a face mask for about 5 months.

As others have noted, I've had some weight gain, which I think is mostly stomach muscle. In the first couple of months I would wake up alert and mentally rested, but physically tired. In particular my chest muscles would be aching. I put this down to using those muscles more to "fight" the pressure of the CPAP. That's gone away, but now my stomach is getting bigger. I exercise regularly and don't overeat. What can I do?

I don't know that weight gain would be because of you generating stomach muscle. I would think it more likely that with improved sleep your seeing some change in your metabolism. Probably temporary. Are you using the autoset machine? If so, you might try setting the EPR on and a setting of 2 or 3. That will result in less pressure being required on the exhale. For instance at 3, the exhale will be 3 less than whatever your inhale is set on. By the way, what is it set on? On your sidebar it says 4.5. I believe that is probably your humidity setting, not your pressure.

The symptoms you describe could be caused by too high a pressure, but don't change it just yet.

(05-22-2014 08:38 AM)SledDawg Wrote:  Another phenomenon: I seem to have lost some "wind". I'm a sometime singer (sing lead in a geezer rock band) and since I've been on the CPAP I seem to get out of breath much more. I've had to change the way I breath in phrasing, so I don't run out of wind.
Even for things like going up stairs, I'm huffing and puffing more. What's up with this? I've never had these problems before - I would have thought this stuff would get better...

Any advice appreciated.

Carrying your new spare tire around will cause you to lose some "wind." You will experience the problems you describe until you return to your former slim trim self. I know, because I sure wish I could do that.
05-22-2014 11:22 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
trish6hundred Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 6,430
Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: weight gain + lost "wind"
Hi SledDawg,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I'm not sure what would be causing your problem.
Rock On.!
Hang in there for more suggestions and best of luck to you with your CPAP therapy.

trish6hundred
05-22-2014 12:56 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
MAPnea Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 182
Joined: May 2013

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet - currently "set" on CPAP mode
Mask Type: Other
Mask Make & Model: ResMed AirFit F10 and P10 - varies
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: New Sleep Doc + New DME = Trying new approach to PAP therapy.

Sex: Female
Location: near Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Post: #4
RE: weight gain + lost "wind"
Hi, SledDawg,
Welcome! … and since you asked for it, here's my advice:
I would suggest a trip to your primary care physician just to see if something else is going on. Becoming noticeably "short of wind" may have nothing to do with CPAP therapy and may be a signal for something serious with your heart, lungs, thyroid or medications (if you are taking any). Please continue to take good care of yourself and let us know how you are doing.
(This post was last modified: 05-23-2014 07:56 AM by MAPnea.)
05-23-2014 07:55 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
ImaSurvivor Offline

Preferred Members-2

Posts: 322
Joined: Nov 2013

Machine: ResMed S9 Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Swift FX
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier, ClimateLine Tubing
CPAP Pressure: 10
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Moderate Sleep Apnea, Began using CPAP 11/27/2013

Sex: Female
Location: New York State

Post: #5
RE: weight gain + lost "wind"
Welcome to the forum. I suspect the short wind is from the additional weight and not from the CPAP. I go to the gym regularly as well and don't over eat. My weight and especially stomach have only gotten larger and it is very discouraging. I also get short of breath and physically tired. Carrying around 60 extra pounds I didn't have 4.5 years ago will do that. This is also what caused sleep apnea to become worse for me and prompted my husband to strongly encourage me to get checked out. I probably have had sleep apnea for a long time but not severe enough to cause me to notice symptoms.

My problem with weight has to do largely from some post cancer medication I am taking which has shut down my metabolism. I have read on-line the medication has the same effect on others and makes losing weight very difficult if not impossible. I am hopeful of going off it in December after 5 long years.
05-23-2014 08:21 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  [Symptoms] weight gain and swelling doll 6 382 09-08-2016 10:45 PM
Last Post: justMongo
  Cure OSA Weith Weight Loss? GingerMan512 5 415 08-10-2016 10:31 PM
Last Post: PaulaO2
  Weight loss and CPAP pressure settings cate1898 16 1,681 06-11-2016 08:16 AM
Last Post: cate1898
  Lost SD card Rip and Rosie 5 651 04-10-2016 01:24 PM
Last Post: FrankNichols
  weight gain I_will_never_sleep_again 10 1,116 03-22-2016 09:51 PM
Last Post: Sleepster
Question [Health] WEIGHT LOSS AND SURGERY ON ADENOIDS joanieb69 3 528 02-21-2016 10:13 PM
Last Post: Sleeprider
  New to CPAP and feel lost! txparamedic 12 1,293 02-17-2016 10:52 PM
Last Post: Sleepster

Forum Jump:

Who's Online (Complete List)