I'm Calling Out all with sleep apnea

Submitted by Paul Thompson (Mr.T.) on 8/2/06 at 11:40 PM. ( imfishn@bignet.net )

This is current events business, anything goes.
Anyway, during surgery last week, I quit breathing constantly, and after I awoke the Dr. said that I had sleep apnea real bad. I remember a few nights of difficulty in the past, but now that I am on meds, it is compounded and not to much fun. I am now checking into sleep programs and a cpap machine. Is there anybody here that has gone through a sleep program and uses these machines, and how long did it take to get set up with one? I cant leave the house for weeks, anybody got a machine to lend?

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Me too Mr. T

This response submitted by AL on 8/3/06 at 12:40 AM. ( )

It doesn't bother me at all but it sure scares hell out of my wife when, after a full minute of no breathing, (she thinks I might have passed away) I let out a few loud snorts and gasp for air. She complains that she can't sleep. I kindly invited her to try sleeping in the spare bedroom in the basement but she never does. I guess she misses me too much. LOL
I don't know anything about the machine you mentioned. Maybe I should have one.
PS. Don't watch the bull riding on TV. It makes my back hurt just watching. Take care

The machine is by prescription only

This response submitted by The Undertaker on 8/3/06 at 2:58 AM. ( )

First you must go thru a sleep clinic.

This is because there are several types of Cpap machines.

The most common has a chip in it and records how you sleep. This allows the clinic to adjust the machine on inhale pressure.

Yes it makes a big difference!

Next the company ( a home health care provider) will come and set it up for you, in your home.

There is a new mask to go with the machines and its better than all other before.

It will take a bit of getting use to as the hose and mask are a bit difficult to learn to deal with.

Good luck, try sleeping on your side if you can.


This response submitted by kevin scott on 8/3/06 at 3:52 AM. ( )

the cpap will take awhile to get used to but it will really help you.when you go to your dr. for your next visit tell him your problem and he will refer you to a specialist. he will set you up with a sleep clinic.

you will go for a sleep test, you will have wires and monitors hooked up to you. sometime during the night they will have you put on the cpap. then in the morning they will call the home health company and they will set the machine up for you.

before i got my machine , i would wake myself up snoring,at least that is what i thought. the doctor said the snoring wasn't doing it , it was the lack of air-not breathing. does that happen to you? he also said that one day i might not wake up. i used to be like a zombie. if i stopped moving , i would fall asleep. i would bet you are like that now. go see your doc and get set up!

on another note, regarding your surgery, DO NOT DO ANYTHING that you are not supposed to. if you are not supposed to lift don't. i let my pride get in the way , and i am paying for it now.

good luck , hope e-thing turns out great.

did die once

This response submitted by Mr.T on 8/3/06 at 6:06 AM. ( )

No fooling here, found myself standing at the foot of my bed hovering for a few seconds one time, I thought I was dreaming, then woke up gasping for air, I bolted up in bed, sat and looked around the room enjoying my air. Scared me straight that day. This happened about two years ago.
I sleep on my side and that does help, I use Breath Right Strips after I clean my septum out at night before I lay down. However, I have to rotate so I do not heal in one position, and end up on my back, and that is when I snorkel for air. It's not that bad now as I am gaining strength back and can nap during the day several times. Nevertheless, even during the day, I drift off and it is because I am not breathing right. I understand the process of Doc first, sleep test, and home care set up, and it helps to know someone who can pull strings, it is a possibility that I may have a machine here in a few days.
Undertaker, from what I hear, the chip model is self-regulating? Along with recording pressures, it sets it self to those readings over a few days, if I heard him right. I have two brothers on the machines now, and one of my brothers is in the medical field of respiratory therapy and health care. He is trying to land me a test model until I can get to a sleep clinic. He has old models laying around if he can get to them.
As I said, it only bothered me in the past a few times, that I knew of anyway, my wife just got used to the snoring, but add some meds that slow the body down, and you will notice it when trying to get to sleep.
Taxidermy is not even a thought right now, getting back on my feet healthy is my daily goal.
Al, as Undertaker said, it is under a doctors orders to get one here in the States, however you can buy one outright, but if you want insurance to pay for it, go through a Sleep Doc. I don't know about your side of the border in Canada, do a search on Healthcare Sites for a CPAP machine. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is what CPAP means, the benefits of sleeping with one is priceless, check it out Al.

With sleep apnea

This response submitted by Chris on 8/3/06 at 9:25 AM. ( )

you are up and down like a yo-yo all night. Never in a deep sleep. It effects your over all well being ! I had surgery for a deviated septum, but still have to use the CPAP machine. You get used to the mask and the machine is quiet. My wife used to say it was in-human the way I snored, but now she wakes me with her snoring ! Do what Kevin says and see your doctor.


This response submitted by Jan Van Hoesen on 8/3/06 at 9:49 AM. ( vanhoese@freeway.net )

More people are on these machines than you might think. I was waking up gasping for breath and had been dreaming of not breathing. I got into a sleep clinic and got my machine right away. It's not difficult to get used to if you just tell yourself you need this to live. I travel a lot and you can take your machine on a plane as extra carryon. Just think ahead if you are traveling to another country where you may have to get an electrical adapter or if you are camping a marine type battery will provide enough electicity for many days. The CPAP just becomes a part of your life.

In addition

This response submitted by Tereza on 8/3/06 at 12:49 PM. ( )

Besides being attached to wires and machines, you are monitored on tech's screen all night observing you and recording how long and how many apneas you had. Yes, they will be listening to your snoring as well. Not all people with sleep apnea requires cpap. That's because of health insurance requirements otherwise you'll be paying your own.

I had the UUT Surgery

This response submitted by Scott W on 8/3/06 at 12:56 PM. ( )

I tried the cpap machines and they did not work out for me. I finally wound up having the laser surgery that cuts out the back of your throat. Still don't sleep worth a crap; I am lucky if I get 4 hours a night of sleep. I do not recommend the surgery, I now have trouble drinking water from a glass and can not chug a beer anymore. That's not to mention the pain involved with it, I mean I can take a lot, but man this is bad.

But on a positive note - I get a lot more work done because I never sleep long and up and at'em again.


I had the surgery also

This response submitted by Bucknut on 8/3/06 at 1:56 PM. ( )

I couldn't handle the CPAP machine si I elected to have the surgery. The cut out the back of your throat/uvala. Took my tonsils too while they were there. It worked pretty well for me. It is painful as hell! But I am glad I did it.


This response submitted by Dave on 8/3/06 at 2:12 PM. ( yorkinc1@sbcglobal.net )

I have had one for about 5 years. I would add to the list of bad things that happens to you. Heart damage, brain cell damage and for me every cell is important and i actually have rem sleep which means I have dreams when I sleep. The Dr. asked me when was the last time I dreamt and I told him I could not remember. Sleep apnea can also lead to depression from not getting enough sleep. For years I felt like I was running on empty but kept pushing through it. I would have laughed in your face if you would have talked to me about depression years back. It's not a joke and is not about having PMS, it's serious crap.
For those of you that snore and then gasp, not getting good sleep, not dreaming, constantly tired, get checked. It can ruin your life or may end it.
P.S. I knew a man in the prime of his life[32] that died from this, he was fit and not over weight. GET CHECKED...Dave

TAP mouthpiece

This response submitted by Bob on 8/4/06 at 12:24 AM. ( )

If you are seeing a Dr. make sure that all options are explained to you. I was also told that I had sleep apnea. You may not realize the extent of the problem until you start getting a good nights sleep. I started out with a cpap machine and could not get used to the machine. I tried different masks and that did not seem to help. I was prescribed a device similar to a football mouth piece that I have to wear while sleeping. It holds my lower jaw in place, keeping my airway open while I am asleep. I could not get used to the machine. The mouth piece has worked for me. I was told that the mouth piece may not work and that my next step would have been surgery. I have been using the mouth piece now for about two years and it works great (for me anyway). The best thing about it is that it doesn't require electricity to work. Just another option to speak to your Dr. about. There is also a web site you may want to check out on the mouth piece. Hope everything works out for you. The web site is: http://amisleep.com/home.html

thanks Bob

This response submitted by Mr.T on 8/4/06 at 12:10 PM. ( )

i'll check that out.

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This response submitted by Roger Heintzman on 8/5/06 at 10:29 PM. ( r_heintzman@hotmail.com )

I went to the hospital for my sleep study. They have a sleep clinic there. I have had deviated septum straightened out,nasal polyups removed but that still did not help. Then after being on the cpap machine a month, the insurance company approved the surgery. It is called a UPPP procedure. Don't ask me to spell that out.

Anyway, , they removed the uvala and where conservative with tightening the flap on the roof of the throat. My uvala way very long and would drop into my airway and wake me up many times during the night. And I guess I snored pretty bad, so says the wife and daughter. Still snore slightly, but lay on my side and it is ok.

The surgery is painfull as hell, 16 days of misery. But hay, it helped my considerably. I sleep like a baby and am rested by morning.

Good luck to ya.


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