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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

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Dr. James Lin
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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


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Is breathing supposed to hurt after using a cpap machine all night?

Is breathing supposed to hurt after using a cpap machine all night?

No: Does you machine provide humidified air--if not, you may need a change of machine or up the humidity percent to see if this helps. ...Read more

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Since I started using a cpap machine, I have episodes of trying to catch my breath several times a day. No one knows why. Do you ?

Since I started using a cpap machine, I have episodes of trying to catch my breath several times a day. No one knows why. Do you ?

High complexity Q: You want to see a pulmonary specialist: detailed history PE PFT CXR CT V/Q PA catheter many questions to answer. Good luck and no reason to wait. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of using a cpap machine for sleep apenia?

What are the side effects of using a cpap machine for sleep apenia?

It depends.: This depends on what continuous pressure that can be set on your machine so that you can have airway flow when you don't inhale or exhale. In neonates, pneumothorax is associated with nasal cpap, and can be found in adult users also. Other side effects include difficulty or pain while breathing and back, neck and muscle pain, thought to be from forced air into the lungs that is not expelled. ...Read more

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How long does it take for you to feel a difference when using a cpap machine for sleep apnea?

How long does it take for you to feel a difference when using a cpap machine for sleep apnea?

Depends: It depends. Some people feel an immediate effect, others take time. It does depend on how severe the apnea is too. Continue to use CPAP and follow up with your sleep physican for compliance and to make sure the pressure is adequate to treat your apnea. ...Read more

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I've been using a cpap machine for over a month and ever since i started i've had red eyes that won't go completely away. Any ideas?

I've been using a cpap machine for over a month and ever since i started i've had red eyes that won't go completely away. Any ideas?

Lubrication: The CPAP machine mask on your face will leak air, blowing up towards your eyes. This can cause dryness, and secondarily redness and irritation. Try using an over the counter lubricating gel. Or ointment at night. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and I have been using a cpap machine for 1 1/2 years. And I still wake up every morning exhausted. What to do?

I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and I have been using a cpap machine for 1 1/2 years. And I still wake up every morning exhausted. What to do?

Need a reevaluation: You need to be reevaluated by whoever set up your cpap. You may need a higher pressure setting or some other tweak to get it working properly for you. ...Read more

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Can septoplasty cure sleep apnea? I've been using a cpap machine for a couple of years. I hate it. My doctor wants me to have a septoplasty for my deviated septum, but she won't say whether it will cure my sleep apnea. .

Can septoplasty cure sleep apnea? I've been using a cpap machine for a couple of years. I hate it. My doctor wants me to have a septoplasty for my deviated septum, but she won't say whether it will cure my sleep apnea.

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Improving : Improving chronic nasal obstruction can help with sleep apnea, though there's often more going on in the airway to cause blockage than the septum. No one can guarantee that septoplasty surgery will cure the sleep apnea. A careful examination should help with pinpointing what areas are leading to your sleep apnea. Regardless of the sleep apnea, septoplasty can help with chronic nasal obstruction which may be enough of an indication for you to have surgery if it bothers you enough. ...Read more

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Can you loose weight using cpap machine?

YES!: Proper treatment of sleep apnea may cause weight loss in obese/overweight patients. To put it another way, patients with sleep apnea gain weight if not properly treated. ...Read more

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What can I do if using the cpap machine makes it nearly impossible to get sleep?

What can I do if using the cpap machine makes it nearly impossible to get sleep?

Keep trying: CPAP is the gold standard treatment for osa, and it works very well. Try it, and hang in there...You can get used to it over time. If you just cannot tolerate wearing the cpap, then you have 2 options. #1-see your dentist who can make you a mouthpiece type of appliance than can improve your airflow. #2 talk to your md about surgical options. ...Read more

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What are the immediate health benefits to using cpap machine? I've been using one for 4 months.

What are the immediate health benefits to using  cpap machine?  I've been using one for 4 months.

CPAP benefits: The immediate benefits of proper CPAP use include more restful sleep, better focus and attention and no morning headache if you tend to get that. Confirm any issues you are having with your CPAP device with your sleep specialist. ...Read more

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What are the alternatives to cpap machine?

What are the alternatives to cpap machine?

OSA Treatment: Obstructive sleep apnea treatment options include: weight loss, nasal decongestant, positional therapy, CPAP (breathing mask), oral appliance therapy and surgery. See a sleep disorders specialist for a sleep study and management. ...Read more

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Can non-distilled water be used for a cpap machine?

Can non-distilled water be used for a cpap machine?

Yes but not best: I would recommend distilled only. The machine will last much longer, and it will be healthier for you as well. ...Read more

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What kind pillow is best to use with a cpap machine?

Patient choice: Whatever pillow is comfortable. If you mean nasal pillow, which is part of the mask, whatever seals properly. ...Read more

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Why do I still wake up in the night to go to the bathroom even with a cpap machine?

Prostate unchanged: CPAP does not control blood glucose nor shrink prostate. There are other causes for a nighttime trip to the bathroom. ...Read more

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How many people use a cpap machine, and how do doctors feel about them generally? Thank you.

Thousands!: The best way to treat sleep apnea medically is with CPAP and other positive pressure devices. Obviously weight loss is an integral part of medical management as well. Dental appliances that pull the jaw and tongue forward can also be very helpful with many patients. Surgery can work but must be tailored to the patients anatomical obstruction. Thousands successfully use CPAP to rx their apnea. ...Read more

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How can I extend the life of a cpap machine? They are so expensive... I don't want to have to buy a new one too soon.

Be good to it: I tell my patients to follow the directions as far as care and cleaning and i recommend distilled water. Some of the machines end up being lemons and a good dme company will honor this. ...Read more

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I have a remstar lite cpap machine, does anyone know how i can hook it up to a battery source so that i can take my family camping?

Try radioshack: There are some battery adapters and cigarette lighter adapters that work very well with most of the respironics machines like the remstar. You will need the universal brick to convert but i recommend taking it into a place that makes such adapters and trying them. Have fun camping! ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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