Sleep Apnea

By sparkysmom Latest Reply 2009-09-22 16:51:42 -0500
Started 2008-10-19 14:21:51 -0500

Anyone else dealing with Sleep Apnea? I was diagnosed 5 years ago and never go anywhere without my CPAP. I have always had insomnia but now I use ambien and my machine.

9 replies

MorganT69 2009-09-22 16:51:42 -0500 Report

I have had it for a five yrs now and I could not imagine trying to sleep without it, it sure changed the quality of my life

2008-10-26 03:05:38 -0500 Report

I have sleep apnea as well, mine is central sleep apnea (in the brain) suspect that it was caused by a severe head injury I had as a teenager. Anyway, I also have seizures in my sleep from it so I take a seizure med and use a cpap machine with a humidifier. I've been on it 3 years now and sleep very well. Recently, when I was in the home medical place to have my machine checked they said that over the previous weekend my episodes had increased considerably. We looked back to what might have been happening those days and I was on pain pills for another issue. Beware! The nurse told me that pain pills can make sleep apnea worse and if you have to take them for an extended period of time to make sure that you ALWAYS use the machine. I always use mine anyway but was surprised to see the increase in episodes when I was on the pain pills.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-10-25 18:26:41 -0500 Report

Hi there,
I am going to be tested for sleep apnea. I know just about nothing about it. I know that I need to research about it, but I have so many health issues I am feeling overwhelmed. I hope that all goes well with yours. If you want to talk about it give me a note and I will learn about it with you.

Your Friend, Leigh

bucky 2008-10-26 01:15:01 -0500 Report

hi leigh

the sleep test isnt really that bad u just feel like a ginny pig lol i mean with all the wires dangling off ya and all but nothing hurts. just plan on being woken up a time or two. on a more of a upper side after i got my CPAP i really noticed a bigtime energy bust and no more naps during the day.

bucky 2008-10-21 16:52:40 -0500 Report

i also have sleep apnea i been on CPAPS now for 15 years im on my 4th unit they dieing on me lol i to cant sleep without mine i have tried but my wife is up all nite cause i quit breathing all the time my problem is that my face is built weird lol my jaw falls back when i sleep and cuts off my airway.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-10-25 17:22:13 -0500 Report

I starte out oin c-pap about 1985. Ihad it for along time and I was sleeping good. Then I started having problems again and had another sleep study and now I am on a Bi-Pap with oxygen.

Petrea 2008-10-20 19:47:49 -0500 Report

I have both sleep apnea and narcolepsy. I was diagnosed with the sleep apnea before they started using it in the US. At that time they did surgery in your throat(I can't remember the name, but it was really long) plus they scraped my throat and gave me a tracheostomy (sp). I had that for a couple of years before the dr. put me on the CPAP. At that time the CPAP was huge and clumsy and hard to carry around—-nothing like the ones of today. Mine that I use now has the neater humidifier attached to the CPAP, is real small & lightweight & has a real nice little carrier you can travel with. A BIG change since I started using the machine & definitely a lifesaver!

Mara&Freely 2009-09-01 22:47:19 -0500 Report

I've had a tracheostomy for almost 2 years now. Used both the CPAP and BIPAP for over 7 years with little to no good results. So this is the solution. Unfortunately, I can't sleep with all of the sound of the medical equipment now. So while my saturation stays up, I can't sleep for more than a few hours at a time and it is SO exhausting! I'm trying to find a physician who will reverse it for me. "Quality of my life does not feel good at all!

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