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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


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What is the normal pressure setting on most cpap machines?

What is the normal pressure setting on most cpap machines?

It depends: The pressure is selected with a CPAP titration which is part of a sleep study. A CPAP machine can be set with variable pressure to adjust to changes during sleep. Common settings are 8 to 11 cm of water. ...Read more

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A patient has ahi 15.5 and has been unable to lower it although he has increased search pressure or put in cpap mode with p90 pressure. What to do?

A patient has ahi 15.5 and has been unable to lower it although he has increased search pressure or put in cpap mode with p90 pressure. What to do?

Sleep study...: The patient needs to have the CPAP or bipap settings titrated in the sleep lab so that they can be optimized. If there are still apneas/hypopneas happening in the sleep lab with cpap, perhaps bipap is needed. Also, make certain the mask being used at home has a good fit and a good seal. Don't rely completely on the ahi reading from the home machine; test in the sleep lab! ...Read more

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How to know if I need cpap or bipap?

Sleep MD: Depends on your situation. Work with a sleep MD and sleep technician. Some good advice here: https://www. Sleepassociation. Org/cpap-vs-bipap/ ...Read more

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When to use Cpap and Bipap? What is the difference between them?

When to use Cpap and Bipap? What is the difference between them?

Pressure Difference: CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, is a setting in which a fixed pressure is delivered to your upper airway by a nose or face mask. It is constant and does not fluctuate. BiPAP, on the other hand, has two pressures: one when you breathe in and the other when you breathe out.

CPAP is typically used for sleep apnea. So can BiPAP, but it can also be used to help breathing in CHF. ...Read more

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Clinically, What is the difference between use of cpap and bipap?

Clinically, What is the difference between use of cpap and bipap?

CPAP vs Bi PAP: CPAP is the more common treatment for Sleep apnea and delivers a constant pressure to keep the airways inflated. Bi PAP delivers a higher pressure for inhaling and a lower pressure when exhaling. BiPAP is used in some situations for sleep apnea when the CPAP is not effective or not tolerated. ...Read more

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After gastric sleeve, how many pounds lost warrant a reduction in your cpap pressure?

After gastric sleeve, how many pounds lost warrant a reduction in your cpap pressure?

40 or so: Re-evaluate the CPAP after as little as 20 lbs and certainly after 40lbs. Most people actually can completely stop the CPAP a few months after the Sleeve. Ask your sleep doctor if you can use a self-titrating machine at home while you are rapidly losing, or if he prefers to do a formal study after 40 lbs and again when you are at your new stable weight. ...Read more

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Problem I have with CPAP is it don't help me and ill wake up multiple times trying to catch my breath suffocating and how do I know if right pressure?

Sleep MD: If you have CPAP you have probably been evaluated by a sleep MD. Return to the sleep doc for evaluation. You may need adjustment or a different type of CPAP. Sometimes CPAP not effective and surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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Will bipap work as well as cpap for sleep apnea?

Yes: Bipap is similar to CPAP with two levels of pressure for inhalation and exhalation. CPAP uses one level of pressure for both inhalation and exhalation. ...Read more

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How to reduce cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) noise?

Have it adjusted: The company that supplies your CPAP machine can adjust the machine, but you may need to move it to another room, and extend the tubing to accommodate this change. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait after a tonsillectomy before I can have another sleep study to adjust cpap pressure to new level?

How long do I need to wait after a tonsillectomy before I can have another sleep study to adjust cpap pressure to new level?

3 months: In general, it is recommended that you wait 3 months after any surgical intervention for complete healing to take place. Then, proceed with repeat sleep study. ...Read more

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For myasthenia gravis patients is. Bipap machine better than cpap?

Depends on person: While CPAP is very helpful in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, myasthenic patients tend to have overall respiratory weakness and do benefit from bipap to a greater degree. That being said, a sleep study can be invaluable in determining the right treatment for each individual. ...Read more

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Cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) in nicu for what?

Cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) in nicu for what?

Keep airway open: It is used to keep the infants airway open, usually for a condition called laryngomalacia, where the airway has a tendency to collapse. ...Read more

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Please provide me a complete set of labs and tests needed 4 fatigue tiredness all day, despite using cpap on the right pressure? Still struggling.

Please provide me a complete set of labs and tests needed 4 fatigue tiredness all day, despite using cpap on the right pressure? Still struggling.

FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil iand nuvigil help with energy and fatigue Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera. Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL. Wholeapproach. Com /gut loss. Com. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension/Partial Glosectomy. Also vitamins to for energy ribose/ubiquinol/carnatine. REJUVENATION-SCIENCE. COM Labs: CBC/CMP/TFTS/B12/FOLATE/LYME EBV/CMV/TEST ...Read more

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Cpap. Apneas low at pressure 11. Feel like I want it turned up. Why would I feel relaxed by machine & want more pressure? Daytime fatigue persists.

Cpap. Apneas low at pressure 11. Feel like I want it turned up. Why would I feel relaxed by machine & want more pressure? Daytime fatigue persists.

Recheck pressures: It is possible that the pressure is set too low-daytime fatigue should improve. There are a number of ways to check. Repeat the sleep titration and test the pressure to be sure apneas are gone. Read out the memory from the CPAP machine you use and show to the doctor to see if it is operating properly. Get machine upgraded to an autopap which can adjust pressure within a range to your needs. ...Read more

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I have mild sleep apnea (study) but my symptoms are that of severe sleep apnea. Condition only midly improved with cpap and automatic pressure always hitting maximum. Could it be something else?

I have mild sleep apnea (study) but my symptoms are that of severe sleep apnea. Condition only midly improved with cpap and automatic pressure always hitting maximum. Could it be something else?

About apnea: The differential diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea can be quite extensive. If you are not feeling better on cpap, you need to be sure to follow up with your family physician. The practice of medicine is the art of continually checking in on the patient. Be sure your weight is ideal for your height, thyroid is normal, and is your sleep pattern normal. Is there any underlying depression? ...Read more

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I have mg. Can you explain the difference between cpap and bipap titration study. I am scheduled for both for my sleep apnea and mg.

Differences: CPAP is continuous and bipap is bilevel positive airway pressure. Bipap can be more helpful with neuromuscular disease than traditional CPAP alone because it can help with breathing mechanisms, particularly helpful in folks with a combined functional muscle or nerve problem. Both mechanisms, the breathing structure has to be in place as opposed to sv/st ventilation type of bipap. ...Read more

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I have diagnosed sleep apnea. I cant stand any cpap or bipap or asv. So its been untreated for 5 years central amd obs. What do I do. Health worse.

I have diagnosed sleep apnea. I cant stand any cpap or bipap or asv. So its been untreated for 5 years central amd obs. What do I do. Health worse.

Sleep apnea.: If you have sleep apnea and none of the recommended treatments are tolerable, you’re only viable solution would be to lose weight and try to make the sleep apnea just go away. Overweight can lead to sleep apnea so losing weight may help it to go away. ...Read more

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I use a cpap for sleep apnea. I have been diagnosed with mg and notice that it is more difficult to breathe with the cpap. Is a bipap better for mg?

CPAP v BiPAP: From what I know of sleep apnea, having it myself, bipap machines are generally used more for patients with central sleep apnea which is a neurotransmitter problem in the brain rather than obstructive airway alone. Since mg is a neurtransmitter condition as well and difficulty in breathing is a side effect my opinion would be you would be better served with a bipap. ...Read more

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What's a good sleep aide (medicine) for someone with apnea, not on cpap, who's having more trouble than normal falling asleep? Diagnosed ~ 6 years ago when ~225 pounds, but found cpap extremely annoying (felt like its pressure was blocking my breathing).

What's a good sleep aide (medicine) for someone with apnea, not on cpap, who's having more trouble than normal falling asleep? Diagnosed ~ 6 years ago when ~225 pounds, but found cpap extremely annoying (felt like its pressure was blocking my breathing).

You: You may wish to try melatonin 3 mg but take it at least 1 hour before bed.
If you have sleep apnea, you may wish to consider alternative treatments for sleep apnea which is a conditions that is very important to treat. There a dental appliances specifically made for sleep apnea, surgical options, nasal expiration devices that you may wish to consider or perhaps a lower CPAP pressure. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are alternative treatments to mild obstructive sleep apnea (AHI of 8/H) other than CPAP/BiPAP! Are there any side effects that will arise from them?

Are alternative treatments to mild obstructive sleep apnea (AHI of 8/H) other than CPAP/BiPAP! Are there any side effects that will arise from them?

Weight management: Depending on a patients weight, getting closer a BMI under 25 may be more successful in the long term for OSA and a variety of other health issues. ...Read more

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Just got cpap, getting over bad cold. Nose too irritated to use but know shop, doc, ins. Watching for stats. Performance anxiety from pressure! Help?

Performance: anxiety of any sort normally fades over time. We habituate to the new experience, like not feeling the watch or ring we wear after a short time. I've seen C-PAP help many. Peace and good health. The machine is doing the work, not you, so its the one that can have the performance anxiety! ...Read more

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Can cpap machine use irritate the trachea? It was sore when the doctor pressed on it. Pressure is set at 11cm.

Sore Throat: Does your CPAP deliver humidity/moisture to your airway? If not this could cause throat dryness which could lead to soreness. You should have your dr. Evaluate/examine this area of soreness. You should also let him/her know about your fatigue, and high BP if it is uncontrolled.. ...Read more

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I stand up and start walking I get this throbbing pressure in my ears. After I take my cpap of in the morning, my ears pop, I have some ringing, worry?

Unclear: You should see your ENT about this. CPAP can in theory blow air through your eustachian tube into your ear if you have a weak system and might cause you some discomfort. Have your ENT take a look! ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Here we go?: No, not related. Treatment is with a c-pap machine are others as you listed. Care is directed by someone trained in sleep disorders. You can have COPD and other lung diseases but not related to sleep apnea. Together, they are difficult. ...Read more

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What could cause a spontaneous nose bleed? Have humudier on furnace and sleep with humidified cpap. Blood pressure excellent. Could qnasal cause it?

What could cause a spontaneous nose bleed? Have humudier on furnace and sleep with humidified cpap. Blood pressure excellent. Could qnasal cause it?

Yes: Steroid nasal sprays can all cause nose bleeds. Qnasl is a dry nasal spray that may cause the same. Aim it away from your septum when you spray it and use a saline nasal gel to manage your dry septum. ...Read more

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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

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Used CPAP last night in lab, 1st time. Had major issues breathing with mask unless my head was elevated. Sleep tech seemed surprised. Is this normal?

CPAP: CPAP machines often cause problems with patients when they initially start using them I would continue to try to use it as the symptoms may resovlve themselves ...Read more