Sleep apnea and potential treatments

Posted by wgatap21 @wgatap21, Nov 5, 2019
  1. Twice I have had sleep tests in 15 years. Both resulted in moderate/severe apnea! Tried CPAP! OMG. God bless those that can sleep with them and I know a few! Not a chance for me!! I came across Inspiresleep.com and have done some research. It seems to be gaining support. Wondering if anyone has tried and are using it and their thoughts. Thanks

Just something to think about, untreated sleep apnea = lack of oxy to the brain = lack of oxy to the brain = atrophy = anything else that goes with it. I agree it is the biggest pain in the butt to not only find a mask, then get used to it and live happily ever after. I am in my 13th month now and have just found the mask and setup that works for me…..be patient you will reap the benefits.

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@starfirey2k

Just something to think about, untreated sleep apnea = lack of oxy to the brain = lack of oxy to the brain = atrophy = anything else that goes with it. I agree it is the biggest pain in the butt to not only find a mask, then get used to it and live happily ever after. I am in my 13th month now and have just found the mask and setup that works for me…..be patient you will reap the benefits.

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Thank you. Actually going to PFS to the inspire sleep doctor in NY soon. Only choice I have! Wish me luck. Have a good day!

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@wgatap21

Thank you. Actually going to PFS to the inspire sleep doctor in NY soon. Only choice I have! Wish me luck. Have a good day!

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Good for you. You will be in my thoughts. Im am truely rooting for success. Good luck

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@kd1958

Good for you. You will be in my thoughts. Im am truely rooting for success. Good luck

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Thx God Bless

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@wgatap21

I appreciate your reply! Very frustrating but it seems like this device
seems to make sense if you qualify. Insurance? Take a look
Inspiresleep.com. I’ll find out more next week. Happy Thanksgiving
JB

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Have you seen your inspire sleep Dr yet. If so, how did it go.

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@wgatap21

Thank you. Actually going to PFS to the inspire sleep doctor in NY soon. Only choice I have! Wish me luck. Have a good day!

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Did you ever see the inspire Dr in NY

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@kd1958

Did you ever see the inspire Dr in NY

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No.. still skeptical somewhat and had no feedback on this sight!

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@wgatap21

No.. still skeptical somewhat and had no feedback on this sight!

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@wgatap21 I would probably be skeptical too if I wasn't able to tolerate using my CPAP. I really don't like using it and I have my challenges but have made it my mission to use it despite not liking it. I'm guessing there haven't been many members who have tried it that are following this discussion. I did find an article that was recently updated on Dec 1, 2019 that may help you decide.

Inspire Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator Surgery for Sleep Apnea Treatment
https://www.verywellhealth.com/inspire-for-sleep-apnea-3015288

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Consider a change to a bi-pap. The cpap is continuous pressure, and the bi-pap supplies inhalation air pressure, but allows exhalation without pressure, which seems to be an issue for adjusting to a cpap. I have never used a cpap, but a bi-pap has been part of my life for over ten years. Just my experience and $.02…

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@wgatap21

in my original message, I said"I tried CPAP"…twice!!! Also, my wife is a very light sleeper…the does make a humming noise in a quiet bedroom. Trust me me if it worked 12yrs ago..and again 6 yrs ago, I would have usedit!!!

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@wgatap21 I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 15+ years ago. I'm claustrophobic, so I didn't expect to be able to use the mask. Surprise! I was so sleep deprived, I slept 12 hour nights plus naps the first month. I used the full face mask for more than 10 years, and yes, it did make some noise. The machine didn't make much noise but I fought for years with the leaking mask. I think that part of the reason was my beard. A couple of years ago I had a sleep study and the doctor thought that a Bipap machine with nasal cushions would work better for me.

The new machine makes no noise at all. The cushions are so much better than the mask. Sometimes my moving around in my sleep, the cushions get pushed out of where they need to be, and will make a little noise, but when I put them on and adjust them, they are totally silent. Sometimes I take it off because I can't tell if the Bipap is on.

My wife was unhappy with the leaking noise for years and threatened to make me sleep in the guest room. The new machine is a ResMed air wave 10. I use it with a humidifier, and it has a heated hose. Medicare pays for two cushions and filters each month, and I learned with the full face mask the importance of replacing the mask/cushions twice a month.

I know that a lot of people can't get used to a mask, but there are several options that are pretty recent that have improved the functionality of the machine.

The other, compelling reason, that I started using a CPAP was my snoring. No more snoring. If you snore and/or stop breathing when you're on your back, the doctor told me that I could try the low tech solution, sewing a tennis ball in the back of a t-shirt. I never tried it, but it would possibly work for me. But I'm so used to my mask I don't want to quit using it.

I hope you can find a way to treat your apnea. The health risk list for untreated sleep apnea is a long one.

Jim

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@jimhd

@wgatap21 I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 15+ years ago. I'm claustrophobic, so I didn't expect to be able to use the mask. Surprise! I was so sleep deprived, I slept 12 hour nights plus naps the first month. I used the full face mask for more than 10 years, and yes, it did make some noise. The machine didn't make much noise but I fought for years with the leaking mask. I think that part of the reason was my beard. A couple of years ago I had a sleep study and the doctor thought that a Bipap machine with nasal cushions would work better for me.

The new machine makes no noise at all. The cushions are so much better than the mask. Sometimes my moving around in my sleep, the cushions get pushed out of where they need to be, and will make a little noise, but when I put them on and adjust them, they are totally silent. Sometimes I take it off because I can't tell if the Bipap is on.

My wife was unhappy with the leaking noise for years and threatened to make me sleep in the guest room. The new machine is a ResMed air wave 10. I use it with a humidifier, and it has a heated hose. Medicare pays for two cushions and filters each month, and I learned with the full face mask the importance of replacing the mask/cushions twice a month.

I know that a lot of people can't get used to a mask, but there are several options that are pretty recent that have improved the functionality of the machine.

The other, compelling reason, that I started using a CPAP was my snoring. No more snoring. If you snore and/or stop breathing when you're on your back, the doctor told me that I could try the low tech solution, sewing a tennis ball in the back of a t-shirt. I never tried it, but it would possibly work for me. But I'm so used to my mask I don't want to quit using it.

I hope you can find a way to treat your apnea. The health risk list for untreated sleep apnea is a long one.

Jim

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thanks very much for your story and advice. I will look into it. Have a good day

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