Top
20
Doctor insights on: How Can I Overcome The Stigma Of Using A Cpap Machine

Share
1

1
How can I overcome the stigma of using a cpap machine?

How can I overcome the stigma of using a cpap machine?

CPAP alternatives: The CPAP machine and the many variations of CPAP are the "gold standard" of care for sleep apnea. But many people can't tolerate the machines for a variety of reasons including comfort, claustrophobia, etc. I get a lot of referrals from sleep specialists in the quad cities to make these patients oral mouthpieces, designed to bring the mandible forward and hold it there which opens up the airway. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
1 doctor shared a insight

Cpap Machine (Definition)

CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure ...Read more


2

2
How can I fix myself without having to live with the label and stigma of depression?

How can I fix myself without having to live with the label and stigma of depression?

Any label out there: is in the minds of others. It's a real challenge but you can personally reject the negative label and replace it w/one that is more positive and accurate. We are made up of many factors, not just the ones folks see. Peace and good health. A mental health professional can help. ...Read more

3

3
I use CPAP for Sleep Apnea and would like to get a prescription to be able to purchase a Travel CPAP machine as I travel all over the world for my job. I would like to get the Transcend due to its small size. I currently use a Resmed S8 w/Humidity?

I use CPAP for Sleep Apnea and would like to get a prescription to be able to purchase a Travel CPAP machine as I travel all over the world for my job.  I would like to get the Transcend due to its small size.  I currently use a Resmed S8 w/Humidity?

Travel cpap: Yes, many patients do this, especially when traveling, camping, or going to a vacation home. Though cpaps are small, their can still be cumbersome when checking in, going through security, etc. Some will get a device with no bells and whistles to save on cost. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
How can systematic desensitisation help in the cure of a phobia? I have a sleep phobia, can it be cured by this technique?

How can systematic desensitisation help in the cure of a phobia? I have a sleep phobia, can it be cured by this technique?

It Depends: This technique often works well for simple phobias. You need a professional to determine if it is a simple phobia or a more complex problem before that is tried. Sleep phobia is unusual and suggests you may have had a trauma. See a psychologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
5

5
How to disinfect (staph etc) a kindle ereader without using chemicals? I can't afford UV devices at the moment. Use of chemicals can damage the device

How to disinfect (staph etc) a kindle ereader without using chemicals? I can't afford UV devices at the moment. Use of chemicals can damage the device

No worries: I cannot imagine a reason to disinfect an ereader, even if previously used by someone with a staph infection. Just wipe with a damp cloth. Computer supply stores sell safe spray cleaners. ...Read more

6

6
How to deal with mask irritation from my CPAP device?

How to deal with mask irritation from my CPAP device?

Change the mask: Get a better fitting mask.You can try to make adjustment but it may be better to get a better fitting mask.Ask for it ...Read more

7

7
My doctor recommended I use a c-pap machine for sleep apnea. This after a sleep study test. What are the advantage of this machine. It going to help?

My doctor recommended I use a c-pap machine for sleep apnea. This after a sleep study test. What are the advantage of this machine. It going to help?

Sleep apnea : You shouldn't ignore your sleep apnea. It has been linked to many diseases and people have even died from it. The c-pap is the go to device for sleep physicians to treat sleep apnea. It is effective but long term compliance is an issue. Oral appliances made by specially trained dentists are another option which is recommended for mild to moderate sleep apnea. Educate yourself about your options. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
What type of therapist is best for dealing with severe panic attacks I have when I try to drive on the freeway?

What type of therapist is best for dealing with severe panic attacks I have when I try to drive on the freeway?

Vehophobia, fear of : driving, is divided into 3 different categories, so first seek a specific diagnosis from a psychiatrist & a psychologist. If it is a specific phobia related to your Panic Disorder, systematic desensitization done in virtual or real-life situations may be very effective. Adjunctive anti-anxiety medications managed by a psychiatrist may also help you a great deal, especially as you begin therapy. ...Read more

9

9
My husband did not like the idea about using a cpap mask. is this the only treatment for sleep apnea?

My husband did not like the idea about using a cpap mask. is this the only treatment for sleep apnea?

Oral appliance : therapy is an alternative treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea for patients who are CPAP intolerant. The device fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. There are a variety of oral appliances that can treat obstructive sleep apnea and need to be individually chosen. See an OFP specialist, they are also an expert in dental sleep disorders. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
What is the best mask to use with a cpap machine?

What is the best mask to use with a cpap machine?

CPAP mask fit: The one that fits most comfortably yet provides the necessary delivery eliminating any significant oxygen desaturation. There are many available so there should be one that is comfortable yet provides a good seal. Many have associated restless leg syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder, therefor aggressively treating that effectively seems to allow for more comfort with cpap. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
11

11
Can scars be dated e.G. Can i find out when a scar on my body was made using the marvels of modern science and medicine. ?

Can scars be dated e.G. Can i find out when a scar on my body was made using the marvels of modern science and medicine. ?

Scar dating: Not that I have ever heard of. Maybe somebody here has a better suggestion but scar formation occurs and i know of no dating process. ...Read more

12

12
How can I overcome my health anxiety without the help of a specialist?

How can I overcome my health anxiety without the help of a specialist?

See your family : medicine doctor for a thorough physical. Write down your concerns for your doctor. If you are found to be healthy but still worry about your health to the extent that it harmfully impacts your daily functioning, re-consider requesting referrals to appropriate mental health specialists. There is an international "Hypochondriac Support Group" on Facebook & http://www.mdjunction.com/hypochondria. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
Is it unhealthy for me to get high on nutmeg as a method of coping with my mental illnesses? (i can't afford any type of hospital treatment)

Is it unhealthy for me to get high on nutmeg as a method of coping with my mental illnesses?        (i can't afford any type of hospital treatment)

Take care: High doses of herbs can have issues sometimes like blood thinning. You may want to see your doc. There are meds available generic as well as many meds are available free though patient assistant programs ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
Hello I'm Using a Application On my Phone to filter out the "blue light" does it actually works to increase the quality of sleep and better eye health?

Hello I'm Using a Application On my Phone to filter out the "blue light" does it actually works to increase the quality of sleep and better eye health?

Not useful: The light emitted from a phone, regardless of the color, has too little intensity to be of any harm to the eye. The application is just a marketing tool and note useful. ...Read more

15

15
How can I quit heroin when i live in a country which doesn't provide any of the typical usual meds? How can I fight this enemy alone & with nothing?

How can I quit heroin when i live in a country which doesn't provide any of the typical usual meds? How can I fight this enemy alone & with nothing?

Counseling: The first step is to make a commitment to quit. Medications can help, but they aren't requried, and alone they're not enough. Seek addiction counseling. Change your circumstances - it's much harder to kick the habit if your friends are also addicted. Cocaine anonymous groups also help people with heroin addiction. ...Read more

16

16
How can I help with the depression of a loved one?

How can I help with the depression of a loved one?

See link : I like to use the national institute of mental health for information and guidance. It is non-biased i.e. No commercials. I direct family and loved ones of people with depression to this link: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/depression/how-can-i-help-a-loved-one-who-is-depressed.Shtml also---after your loved one is stabilized, ask to attend a meeting with their doctor/therapist. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
How do I disinfect a phone charger (ac adapter)? I can't wash it. Is there any way without using alcohol? Can using alcohol result in an explosion?

How do I disinfect a phone charger (ac adapter)? I can't wash it. Is there any way without using alcohol? Can using alcohol result in an explosion?

Antiseptic: you must dry off any antiseptic after cleaning. Certainly use ( OTC) antiseptic wipes on the adapter and then carefully dry with a tissue. Never put a wet alcohol substance into an electrical current. Dry...is key. ...Read more

19

19
How can I deal with the 'fear of flight' phobia?

How can I deal with the 'fear of flight' phobia?

Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Louis Gallia
602 doctors shared insights

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more