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merrygirl
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I started using my CPAP machine 2 nights ago for my sleep apnea. I am not sure if it is working.

Last night I woke up and had ripped it off in my sleep....


how do you deal with it and does it help?

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I got one . Works for me . try to strap it on tighter . or look into a differnt style face mask as they have many. Doc
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My boyfriend uses one & he does that all the time. I don't know what the answer is, though.

I asked him, like, 500 times to look into getting a different mask. Sometimes men are stubborn about that sort of stuff.

I think it's difficult using a CPAP. My boyfriend does seem to get better sleep when he uses it - even if he does remove it during the night.

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i tried for 3 months; quit it because my different masks would wake me up seeping out air from sides of my face.

also humidifier which was supposed to help, made me worse ... felt 32 degree water coming into my face vs. 80 degrees! [cussing]

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I got a swollen, prickling rash from the mask blowing air on my skin, and could not stand the way it leaked, since I am a side-sleeper.

I switched to a nasal pillows system called The Breeze, which does not involve a mask at all, and was able to be 100% compliant right away. What a difference, at least for me! I have been using it for a year and a half now.

My muscle pain was much worse at first, because I was sleeping so deeply that I was not moving at all, but that went away once I caught up on deep sleep. I was so deep sleep deprived that I had no dreams at all for the first couple of months.

There are CPAP forums on the net where people with experience, just like we have here, can help you deal with problems like "rain out", the humidity problem Betty referred to.

"Rain out" can usually be fixed by lowering the setting, and/or warming up the room, and/or using a special heated sleeve on the tubing, etc.

It was a CPAP forum member, who runs a DME himself, who told me about the nasal pillow system, so if I had not gone there, I'd be a CPAP failure.

It's made a huge difference in the depth of my sleep, and in my energy level. On many days I can keep going all day long now, almost like a normal person. I would not want to be without it.

You have the right to try different headgear until you find something that works for you, so if I were you, I'd call my DME supplier about it. Good luck and hang in there....it's worth it.

Also, untreated apnea increases your risk of diabetes, your stroke risk is 400% higher, and your heart attack risk is 500% higher,a good motivation to keep trying.

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Have never heard of "The Breeze"...is that something you get from a doctor?
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B R H
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I have a FART machine. Oh, sorry, I thought the subject said CRAP machine. [Smile]
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amk33
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That is really funny! [bonk] At first glance, I thought it said "crap", too.
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