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24-10-2017, 08:55   #196
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Woke up this morning and have a mild swelling under my left ear along my jaw line. On googling same... could be a Saliva Gland blockage.

Am worried that the straps of the mask could be putting pressure on same as I sleep

Also... had stopped using the water containers now for the summer months... but will probably start back using same on a 4 tonight in case the lack of moisture in my mouth is the issue

Will watch same during the day and make a deciosion on a doctor call later

Anyone else come across this
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24-10-2017, 19:05   #197
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Hi guys, anybody know if any alternative treatment to machine?

I had tried it for a few months and was taken off it because it wasn’t inproving my quality of sleep but I wasn’t given any alternative suggestions.

The consultant said that he could see from the machine readings that it was doing it’s job but if it wasn’t improving my sleep it wasn’t worth using!

I was going to phone sleep Ireland and talk with my GP but was curious if anybody had any other ideas?!
That's odd, mine had been talking about looking at lifestyle stuff e.g. caffeine intake, antihistamines, surgery if the result turned out to be serious
Isn't there the dental device as well to open airways?
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Hi guys, anybody know if any alternative treatment to machine?

I had tried it for a few months and was taken off it because it wasn’t inproving my quality of sleep but I wasn’t given any alternative suggestions.

The consultant said that he could see from the machine readings that it was doing it’s job but if it wasn’t improving my sleep it wasn’t worth using!

I was going to phone sleep Ireland and talk with my GP but was curious if anybody had any other ideas?!
If the machine is working ie. the sleep apnea condition is no more then your quality of sleep issue is caused by something else.

I'd argue that if apnea is a problem/condition you have then you should continue to use the machine. If you are/have been having apnea/hypopnea events then these are putting pressure on all parts of your body. If the machine is working for you then these events are minimised if not eradicated altogether.

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Hey, these questions have already probably been answered a million times, but I can't see exactly where, so if someone has a second to answer that would be great.

I suspect I have sleep apnoea. Is my next step a GP, or do I go to a consultant or which? I'd like to avoid a GP's charge if it's not needed.
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Hey, these questions have already probably been answered a million times, but I can't see exactly where, so if someone has a second to answer that would be great.

I suspect I have sleep apnoea. Is my next step a GP, or do I go to a consultant or which? I'd like to avoid a GP's charge if it's not needed.
Google Epworth Test and see your scores.... anything over 15 makes you a strong case for a professional assessment
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I got a 10, there, but I'm always tired. Partner says I do a snore and have lost my breath in mid sleep quite a few times. Just wondering if I can bypass the GP. Will they send me to someone I could have just done straight to?
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I got a 10, there, but I'm always tired. Partner says I do a snore and have lost my breath in mid sleep quite a few times. Just wondering if I can bypass the GP. Will they send me to someone I could have just done straight to?
I'd say that the GP would get you an appointment quicker than going solo....and its keeps him in the loop on results etc. €40 well spent I would have thought....

Also - before you go on to a sleep-study test - I am sure the Doctor would monitor your Blood Pressure over a 24 hr period to see what your BP readings were reaching throughout the night.

personally - I would rather keep the Doc in the loop....there might be other underling causes for snoring (diet/ overweight / excessive drinking etc)....

Don't skimp on this....its value for money for a change!!
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Ok, I'll do that so. Thanks for the advice.
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Yeah I started at GP... then onto consultant. Consultant great at keeping GP in the loop once the sleep study is done etc. Also from my experience the consultant arranged the CP very efficiently..... I imagine they all have a direct connection to the providers but have a good idea what might work best.
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Started with GP onto private consultant who sent me back to CUH clinic.
Moved GP after moving house and was encouraged me to wait for a public appointment, ended up seeing John Kiely in Mallow hospital and it was well worth the wait.
Did a load of tests, breathing, allergy etc and changed me from a full face mask to a nasal pillow, absolute transformation in sleep quality.
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Woke up this morning and have a mild swelling under my left ear along my jaw line. On googling same... could be a Saliva Gland blockage.

Am worried that the straps of the mask could be putting pressure on same as I sleep

Also... had stopped using the water containers now for the summer months... but will probably start back using same on a 4 tonight in case the lack of moisture in my mouth is the issue

Will watch same during the day and make a deciosion on a doctor call later

Anyone else come across this
I have recently started to use the water again also, however the hose is not heating up. Anyone found this problem? Don't know if it's the hose or the water container causing the issue.
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Woke up this morning and have a mild swelling under my left ear along my jaw line. On googling same... could be a Saliva Gland blockage.

Am worried that the straps of the mask could be putting pressure on same as I sleep

Also... had stopped using the water containers now for the summer months... but will probably start back using same on a 4 tonight in case the lack of moisture in my mouth is the issue

Will watch same during the day and make a deciosion on a doctor call later

Anyone else come across this
Wow I had not put 2 and 2 together.. my problem is the eustachian tube... About a mth into using CPAP the hearing in my left ear has been affected. Doc says this draining tube is the problem.. I wonder might the CPAP straps be part of the problem?
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Wow I had not put 2 and 2 together.. my problem is the eustachian tube... About a mth into using CPAP the hearing in my left ear has been affected. Doc says this draining tube is the problem.. I wonder might the CPAP straps be part of the problem?
It might be worth loosening that side of the straps... that's what I did.

Also went back to using the water as was worried that lack of moisture was causing saliva glands to work overtime !!!!!! I got my lump down over a few days by sucking lemon wedges to stimulating the blockage!!!! All back of an envelope diagnosis ... but all clear since I started the above
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Is it not awkward to sleep with a machine like that?
I'm not knocking the medical benefit's but I toss and turn in my sleep so imagine if anything I'd be constantly waking up- most mornings I wake up on my chest and face pretty much in the pillow so imagine the mask being pressed into your face. I'm genuinely curious to hear what it's like to use that machine as I snore a a lot.
I generally wouldn't toss and turn, but for those who did; was wearing the CPAP device inconvenient?
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I generally wouldn't toss and turn, but for those who did; was wearing the CPAP device inconvenient?
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I have been using a CPAP for around 15 years. I toss and turn and the mask stays on for me.

I used to like sleeping on my stomach, but can't now and eventually my sleeping self learned this.
At first I found it awkward, as most do. It's just second nature now and the mask doesn't cause an inconvenience no matter how much I move.
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