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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I overcome the fear and anxiety about using the washing machine after hem blood dripped into underwear? I keep feeling that it spreads in water
I have a cpap machine that I should use but haven't used it for months. What happens? Any implications if not used regularly in case i resume?
Dust it off.: CPAP is hard for some people to tolerate. If you don't use it you will return to the symptoms you had prior to use and you will have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. If you restart using it your risks will decrease and you may feel better. There is no "penalty" for not using it, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes -that's the idea: Continuous positive airway pressure (cpap), in theory, acts like an "air splint" - keeping the soft, floppy part of the airway open when you inhale. The upper airway is like a floppy tube. If you inhale on one end, the tube will collapse. CPAP helps prevent this. The pressure, however, needs to be adjusted for each individual as the requirements vary from person to person. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Time & action: Shame, like pain, is one way we know something's off about our body or mind. Both can be quite helpful signals but also can become problems themselves. First step is to identify the source and decide if there is anything you can do about it--now or for furture similar cases. If you're stuck, a brief case of therapy may help, especially if this feels like a pattern for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do you overcome the desire to eat when not hungry? I didn't eat dinner, i'm not hungry, but it is a struggle to not go get food.
2 Types of Hunger: The 1st is physiologic, your body needs energy & nutrients; 2nd is "habit" hunger, you are used to snacking. The 1st is triggered by things such as dropping blood sugar; the 2nd by environmental triggers. Example, if you are used to sitting down at 8 pm in front of the tv with a bowl of ice cream, your mind will expect ice cream when you sit down at 8 to watch tv. Identify & control your triggers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Belief in yourself: It is easier to be more assertive when one feels good about oneself. Feelings of inferiority sometimes result from different experiences of life or could be part of one's personality. Psychotherapy will be helpful to figure this out and learn the tools needed to overcome it. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can: start w a medical eval. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy can help. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep/night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book' by Dr. David Burns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain Management Unit: "tens" is the acronym for transcputaneous electrical nerve stimulation. A "tens unit" is a pocket size, portable, battery-operated device that sends electrical impulses to certain parts of the body to block pain signals. The electrical currents produced are mild, but can prevent pain messages from being transmitted to the brain and may raise the level of endorphins. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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