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Sleep Apnoea and CPAP

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  • Drumpot wrote: »
    If you don't snore, does it probably mean you don't have sleep apnoea?

    I reckon I tick a lot of the Sleep Apnoea boxes except the snoring!

    I think the snoring is pretty much guaranteed if you have sleep apnea.

    You should get it checked by a medical professional though




  • Hi
    A few questions!?

    Do you need a prescription or Doctors letter before you can rent a machine?
    Has anyone found an improvement in losing weight? Im not overweight by much but am snoring more and choking occassionally too.
    Any particular machine you recommend? (conscious you can recommend a supplier)
    I did a sleep 24 hour clinic about 6 years ago in StVincents but results was mild and I did nothing more. With W McNicholas. Recommendation was dont eat a heavy meal after 6pm and sew a tennis ball into night top! which did help at the time.
    Now older and snoring loudly , jerking at night and occasional choke.
    Thinking of renting a machine for a month to see if it helps me.

    Cheers in advance

    Redman




  • You 100% need a prescription. If your sleep study showed up sleep apnea you should have been referred by a pulmonary or sleep specialist to a CPAP supplier?

    I've certainly lost weight, at a slow pace but at least the graph is now going down and not up.

    As for machine type it looks to me like all suppliers in this country have an agency for one particular type of machine. The type you choose can be dictated by many factors like cost, the need for a humidifier, the type of mask and if it's fixed pressure or auto CPAP you need.

    Plusyou need to add up purchase V Rental




  • Sleephead wrote: »
    You 100% need a prescription. If your sleep study showed up sleep apnea you should have been referred by a pulmonary or sleep specialist to a CPAP supplier?

    I've certainly lost weight, at a slow pace but at least the graph is now going down and not up.

    As for machine type it looks to me like all suppliers in this country have an agency for one particular type of machine. The type you choose can be dictated by many factors like cost, the need for a humidifier, the type of mask and if it's fixed pressure or auto CPAP you need.

    Plusyou need to add up purchase V Rental

    Thanks a lot. The initial study result was mild and thus I went to see how I fared with the basics...so time for me to revisit.

    Are GPs qualified to prescribe such or will I need him to refer me back to the sleep clinic? Just thinking of saving costs!




  • No you'll have to go through a specialist


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  • Wondering if any of you can share some light. I think I may have sleep apnea, I snore loudly, overweight and have to sleep on my side. However I'm not tired as such during the day. Only recently it has become worse, a couple of months ago I would get little or no sleep at all due to a jerk sensation in different parts of my body. I went to my GP and A & E and to be honest they were of little help. My GP has referred me on to a sleep clinic. I was wondering if (A) you buys think I may have sleep apnea and (B) how long it will be until I am seen to. Thanks




  • Certainly sounds like it is. The jerking could be you waking up from an apnea. Was for me. In my case I just became so used to being tired I became conditioned to it. Wasn't until I started CPAP I realised just how tired I was.

    I was seen within about 10 weeks I think.




  • Hi
    What make a and model cpap machines are people using. Any review or thoughts on them

    Cheers




  • I got my CPAP machine a few days before Christmas. Its certainly not easy to get used to, but I can already see the comfort in putting on the mask every night strangely enough. I've managed to keep it on for the full night for 2 out of the last 3 nights, that was the first time. The longest I'd done before that was 5 hours one say last week, and only 3 hours before that. But I do seem to be getting used to it.

    I was getting that jerking sensation on and off too. Usually in my left leg, it would start sometimes before I'd go to bed, always when I'd been tired for a few days. I never put it down to sleep apnea until reading the posts here. It was a vicious circle. It would happen because I was tired and then would be keeping me awake as it jerked me out of my sleep making me more tired. Hopefully that will be gone away thanks to this machine too.

    I'm supposed to be paying €90 per month, although I haven't actually received anything off the company to fill out a bank transfer as yet. They have told me though that replacement masks and filters etc are all included in the rental price.

    Its interesting to hear other people's experiences. Does anyone with the machine have trouble with the position they sleep in? I have always slept on my front, which is hard when you have a big mask on your face. I've seen the CPAP pillows, but they're expensive and I'm not sure I want to go down that route yet. Wanting to sleep on my front is probably the main issue for me with the machine at the moment, as I wake everytime I turn into that position.




  • Masks included for €90 a month?

    Double check! Sounds too good to be true


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  • Fortunately, I have taken to sleeping on my back, which I think is a good way to be with CPAP.

    However, I am only averaging about 3 hours a night, and the doc tells me it should be not less than 5 1/2.




  • Fortunately, I have taken to sleeping on my back, which I think is a good way to be with CPAP.

    However, I am only averaging about 3 hours a night, and the doc tells me it should be not less than 5 1/2.




  • Sleephead wrote: »
    Masks included for €90 a month?

    Double check! Sounds too good to be true

    Actually its €97, not much different I know.

    I will double check, but they haven't actually sent me a direct debit form yet so I've not paid anything. I'll be keeping stum for a while. Until my next visit at least!




  • Does anyone have a problem with the air supply becoming so forceful that it lifts the mask off your face? Or even makes your cheeks bellow out if you have your mouth open? This is the main thing that stops me getting through the night with a machine. It usually needs to be switched off, mask re-positioned and switched on again. And even then it might come back again. More often that not, it results in me taking the mask off for the night. I'm wondering if there's actually something wrong with the machine.

    Has anyone else experienced that?




  • Does anyone have a problem with the air supply becoming so forceful that it lifts the mask off your face? Or even makes your cheeks bellow out if you have your mouth open? This is the main thing that stops me getting through the night with a machine. It usually needs to be switched off, mask re-positioned and switched on again. And even then it might come back again. More often that not, it results in me taking the mask off for the night. I'm wondering if there's actually something wrong with the machine.

    Has anyone else experienced that?




  • Is your mask being checked? Could be the pressure is too high.




  • It was checked and I told the girl what was happening. She reduced the top pressure it was set to go to as the data showed I wasn't going to that. But I'm wondering is something going wrong and not being recorded.




  • Got my Philips system one for 103 per month, Inc a hose + free mask + 1 service a year. I guess that's ok




  • SeeZee wrote: »
    Got my Philips system one for 103 per month, Inc a hose + free mask + 1 service a year. I guess that's ok

    Masks are always the hidden cost, Mask costs me €200 every 6 months or so. Factor that in




  • Sleephead wrote: »
    Masks are always the hidden cost, Mask costs me €200 every 6 months or so. Factor that in

    It's a new mask is included every year and a service is included every year. The mask I got was a whisp. Getting small leaks when tge machibe ramps up to 10 pressure. Only started treatment a few days ago so it prob needs adjusting


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  • SeeZee wrote: »
    It's a new mask is included every year and a service is included every year. The mask I got was a whisp. Getting small leaks when tge machibe ramps up to 10 pressure. Only started treatment a few days ago so it prob needs adjusting

    I use the airfit P10. Having tried half a dozen others it really is top of the range.

    0-3 Apneas per hour. Apparently the average healthy person has up to 5. So really happy with it, not a single leak




  • SeeZee wrote: »
    It's a new mask is included every year and a service is included every year. The mask I got was a whisp. Getting small leaks when tge machibe ramps up to 10 pressure. Only started treatment a few days ago so it prob needs adjusting

    I use the airfit P10. Having tried half a dozen others it really is top of the range.

    0-3 Apneas per hour. Apparently the average healthy person has up to 5. So really happy with it, not a single leak




  • I have been using a machine for three years. Initially I was told 'you don't look like someone with sleep apnoea' because while I am certainly not skinny, I do not have a lot of weight around my throat area. Turned out I was borderline severe. The first consultant I went to gave me a prescription for a machine but did no more than that, the technician (who was brilliant) helped me get sorted with it. Subsequently I went to a different consultant but did not really get a lot further.

    Finally I arranged a test in the Mater private hospital in Dublin, got a much more convincing test done and a proper consultation which established a good few things. In spite of the muddling through my apnoeas had in fact gone down to 3 per hour which is a fraction of what they were.

    I now seem to have got to a stage where the balance between the disturbance caused by wearing a mask, and the untreated apnoeas when I do not wear it are about equal. I have been advised to keep using the machine to get down to zero, but it is now harder than the early stages I think.

    One interesting point is that women tend to present differently than men, men get sleepy, so they might doze during the day, or when driving. Women tend to get tired but not sleepy, apparently. That is /was certainly the situation in my case. The mood disturbances caused by persistent lack of sleep are very distressing, I found when I was sleep deprived I became - paranoid for want of a better description.




  • Anybody else go down this route for apnea

    http://www.somnowell.com/

    Tried the mask a few times and just cant use it. Costly but I need to probally do something though at this stage.




  • I came across this recently also, any opinions? Works on vacuum rather than pressure.

    http://apnicure.com




  • Hi all I too have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been put on a cpap machine but I'm having trouble getting use to it finding it hard to get deep breaths when needed sometimes and even woke up a few times gasping for air in a panic. Is this common for the first time users? ?




  • Hi all I too have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been put on a cpap machine but I'm having trouble getting use to it finding it hard to get deep breaths when needed sometimes and even woke up a few times gasping for air in a panic. Is this common for the first time users? ?

    I am only new too Paddy. I have no idea if its common, but from what I can tell with the nurse who's monitoring my machine, they'll adjust settings as needed if you're having trouble. Maybe the settings on the machine isn't high enough for you or something? I'd contact them and tell them what's going on.




  • My face-mask is beginning to look a bit grimy inside. Is it OK to just wash it, or do I need to use vinegar etc. as is the case with the water box?




  • My face-mask is beginning to look a bit grimy inside. Is it OK to just wash it, or do I need to use vinegar etc. as is the case with the water box?

    I was told to wash my mask every day. The nurse said warm water and washing up liquid is ok. I have a sponge put aside that's not used for anything other than my mask. I don't do it every day, but definitely once a week at a minimum


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  • Low humidity is my problem. Even at high I'm dryed out in a few minutes


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