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12-09-2013, 17:11   #1
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Sleep Apnoea and CPAP

New member and my first post.

I've been suffering from tiredness for a year or 2 and always put it down to being busy at work, carrying a bit of weight and a bad diet. It all came to a head when i started nodding off at my desk in work in the afternoon. A loud snore would wake me and alert my colleagues which was so embarising.

It took me down a road with my GP and various tests and low and behold I have fairly severe sleep apnea.

I was prescribed with CPAP therapy and I have to say I've never looked back. I'm full of energy again and can actually complete a days work and can even manage a night out or a short walk in the evening without fear or trepidation. Basically I'm not like a 90 year old anymore.

Snoring was the tell tale sign. Combined with tiredness. I'd urge anyone with similar issues to get tested it has changed my life.

A boring first post but maybe it might help someone!
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22-01-2014, 08:22   #2
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I think I may also suffer from it.

Did you find that your mood changed for the worse every so often? I do.

Did you have your sinuses checked? I've just been told that I have chronic sinusitis and have probably had it for years. This is probably what is causing my sleep apnoea.

For the last few years, a few times a year, I exhibit bipolar type symptoms for a few days. But, I'm not bipolar - that's been established. However, it seems that sleep apnoea, as a result of sinusitis, can result in mood disorders. I've been to see Dr. Paul Carson and read the book....

http://www.slievemoreclinic.ie/allergy/sinusitis

I can tick all of the side effects of sinusitis/sleep apnoea listed in it.

So, the aim is to get my sinuses back to working order. This should improve my sleep (and that of my wife's ) and hopefully end those terrifying mood swings that I first experienced about 4 years ago.

Would love to hear from anyone else who has had similar experiences.

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24-01-2014, 17:33   #3
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Mood Swings are a massive yes. Like a dark cloud. I certainly wouldnt consider it to be depression or anything like that. It was all sleep related.

I have to say its only now after a few months of CPAP therapy that i realise how tired and down in the dumps i was. I feel great.

Get checked.
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Some reading for you folks.

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24-01-2014, 18:02   #5
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Thanks guys.

You have made my weekend!

Starting to believe I was barking! Feeling much more positive now.

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24-01-2014, 18:10   #6
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Ps. Sleephead, where did you go for the CPAP therapy?

And what, if anything, did you rule out before embarking on it?

Many thanks.

D
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27-01-2014, 12:33   #7
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Ps. Sleephead, where did you go for the CPAP therapy?

And what, if anything, did you rule out before embarking on it?

Many thanks.

D

Tell your GP you suspect you have this and he will refer you to your local sleep Clinic. Its a public clinic.

A simple monitor on your wrist overnight will diagnose if you have it. Very simple.
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Tell your GP you suspect you have this and he will refer you to your local sleep Clinic. Its a public clinic.

A simple monitor on your wrist overnight will diagnose if you have it. Very simple.
Thanks!

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19-02-2014, 15:18   #9
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anyone ever have an issue with nasal pillows and pressure sores?
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09-04-2015, 16:31   #10
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One year on and this treatment is going really well.

Now looking at other possibilities. Doc has mentioned a custom made oral device. So hopefully that'll get me off it in good time.
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06-05-2015, 20:58   #11
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Was diagnosed with this a few years ago, and done the overnight study in a clinic to get it confirmed. Started off using the CPAP machine but after a few weeks had to get rid of it. Could not use it at all or get used to the fact this large machine was beside the bed buzzing away.
Have been using cheap oral devices for the last few years and while not the most comfortable seem to stop the snoring. Anybody try the dentist fitted oral device, need to try something, wife is going to strangle me on of these nights....
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06-05-2015, 21:44   #12
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You need to weigh up the pros and cons really. The pressure your heart is under when going untreated will eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke.

its so tough to acclimatise at the beginning but its a great therapy once you get into it. So effective like

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Was diagnosed with this a few years ago, and done the overnight study in a clinic to get it confirmed. Started off using the CPAP machine but after a few weeks had to get rid of it. Could not use it at all or get used to the fact this large machine was beside the bed buzzing away.
Have been using cheap oral devices for the last few years and while not the most comfortable seem to stop the snoring. Anybody try the dentist fitted oral device, need to try something, wife is going to strangle me on of these nights....
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I have just been issued with a CPAP machine. It is going to take a bit of getting used to, particularly since the setting is quite high (14) making it fairly whooshy inside the mask.

Also I am off on holiday tomorrow but the doc insists I bring it along. That is a bit of a hindrance as it is quite heavy, but I do have a letter of explanation for airport security.

It is also quite pricy to rent per month, and it is not clear that I can get any of that back on Med 1.

Any advice/helpful comments gratefully received!
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12-08-2015, 15:12   #14
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14 is certainly high. Would indicate fairly severe Sleep apnea.

It's just gonna take time. Took me a good 6 weeks of frustration but now I get 8 hours a night of good quality sleep. No more snoring for the Mrs to put up with and no more day time sleepiness.

My advice is to get the mask right. For me the full face mask and the nasal mask just didn't work as it felt really claustrophobic and I had lots of leakage.

The nasal pillows were just right. The Swift FX.

Then make sure you ramp up to 14. My machine started at 4 and ramped up to 10 to my setting. Once I got used to it I turned the ramp off.

Just keep at it you won't regret it.
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12-08-2015, 15:36   #15
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Also I am off on holiday tomorrow but the doc insists I bring it along. That is a bit of a hindrance as it is quite heavy, but I do have a letter of explanation for airport security.
You may be able to bring your CPAP as additional cabin baggage free of charge. You just need to contact your airline and ask them about a Medical Equipment Baggage Waiver.

Here is the info pertaining to Ryanair:
https://www.ryanair.com/ie/questions...hine-on-board/

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It is also quite pricy to rent per month, and it is not clear that I can get any of that back on Med 1.
I also rent mine and can make a claim via Drugs Payment Scheme. This only works if you or you household is already on the scheme and the CPAP rental brings you over the threshold, currently €144.00
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