I’ve sleep apnea real bad, anyone got an answer
I tried the mask, cannot sleep with it on. Cannot sleep on my side because I’ve a bad neck. They say the surgery may help, may not.
So, anyone have any experience with this problem.
I’ve it so bad, it is dangerous!
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it has tips for apnea also, didnt read to far, so here are some suggests that prob. on it as well…
~those nose ’strips’ or ‘clamps’ that supposedly open up nose (though apnea is in the throat i think so those might not help)
~finding someting (like a candle) with chemical in it to help open up throat/lungs (like vapor rub, kinda…)
~getting a ‘message table’ like bed (with hole for face) so you could sleep comfortably on stomach… dunno bout that one either…
~posterpedic (or whatever) pillow that supposedly contours to your own head to keep neck supported…
Try going to sleep to classical music that helps
Thanks Boyrs, never thought about the candles. Have used the noses clamps, helped some. I’ve the pillow for my neck, but cannot sleep on my side very long.
They say the surgery could help or not. So..
Again thanks…if someone could invent something that would work without all the stuff…that mask is not fun…they would be rich……
IPOH, at my age, would hard to accomplish with my physical problem, but have heard that also.
ChristianGirl, google sleep apnea and it will give your explanation on what this all about.
Have a great day everyone…..
The following web address has a definition of apnea together with a description of the types: http://psychnet-uk.com/dsm_iv/sleep_a…. I came across it through google; it appears clear and informative.
I think the solution to your problem will depend upon what is causing your breathlessness or halts in breathing whilst sleeping. The page of this web address talks about physical obstructions to the airway etc.
Do you know someone to check if you have a physical obstruction or a weakening in muscles associated with breathing?
I hope things work out.
I like some of your speech bubble messages that pop up from your profile. Nice one.
Whateve, thank you, and I’ve been to the hospital and the doctor hooks wires on every spot on my body and you sleep with that stuff on. They know the problem and the solution, but I cannot wear the mask. The mask pump oxygen ,it stops the apnea, but i cannot sleep with the mask on…..
there’s no meds that can loosen the muscles (or tighten them) in your throat to avoid surgery??
like whateve said, i dont know why you’re throat is closing or becoming blocked… if the muscles are relaxing, and expanding in a cetain way then wouldn’t something like botox (not right spelling prob.) tighten it?
if it’s the opposite and your muscles are tightening up and restricting air-flow then wouldn’t muscle relaxers or some such help (if only a little)
either way, i hope you find something to help you overcome this porblem, if surgery is your only route then just remember, 20 yrs ago and you’d probably be alot worse of getting surgery than today… and just about every day something else is learned… good luck friend
Sounds like the apnea is reducing the amount of air or oxygen you receive; it is either the oxygen or the fact that it is being pumped that is helping you. The pumping may compensate for a blockage, thin airway or weakened muscles.
If you can’t sleep with the mask on have you tried the other methods to keep a pathway open?
What is it about the mask that you cannot sleep with? Is it the material, the tightness, the noise of the pump?
FYI~ i know this girl that swears she cant sleep unless she has a fan blowing directly at her while she sleeps, might be a lesser case of apnea than you have, but thought you should know…
All my life, I’ve gone to sleep watching tv in bed. That is my routine and the mask creates problems with this routine. But, I’ve got to do something. It is dangereous according to the doctor because I’ve it BAD……as bad as it gets……
How does the mask create a problem; is it to big to let you see the tv or uncomfortable so you don’t enjoy the tv?
Both, you cannot see well and it is uncomfortable….
Think I’m going to have the surgery. It is an out-patient deal. Some say it helps 50 percent.
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you mentioned surgery as a possibility. Did a doctor diagnose this? (just trying to clarify) If that is the case, get a second opinion! How does the doc feel about the surgery? Does she/he feel it would be best? Sleep apnea can be dangerous, and can affect many areas of your life. I would seek a few opinions and see how they (meaning the docs) feel about it.
A, the procedure is common. It is an outpatient deal, but some people get zero benefits from it. Some get 30 to 50 percent improvement.
What kind of odds is your doctor giving you?
They have no idea A. And they say the post-opt is painful. So, see where I’m at…..bad situation….
Dude, Im saying get a second opinion before you set an appointment for the surgery. I would also ask why they cant give you more of an idea of what they think they can do for you.
I understand that the surgery has different success rates for different levels of sleep apnea, but they should have a good idea as to what degree yours is at. Which would leave me to believe they should be able to give you better odds.
Will see A….have a great day my friend…..
Can you talk to other people who have had the same operation? See if you can find out from them how much pain and discomfort they experienced andfor how long after the operation. With knowing this you can then make the decision of how beneficial the operation is to you eg a possible 50% or 0% improvement at the cost of an operation and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or more days of discomfort afterwards.
The problems you experince with the mask whilst watching tv may be solvable. You could stop watching tv when you wear the mask before going to sleep. Depending upon the design of the mask adaptations or different designs may be available using materials, shapes or padding that will be less comfortable to you.
I can ask my brother in law tonight, I think he had that surgery. Ive had a couple of surgeries. This kind of information has to be disclosed to you before you sign a consent form.
If your current doc is not guaranteeing results, I would be very apprehensive of the surgery. A couple of other opinions is the route I would take.
QZZZ, my dad has sleep apnea. Has been diagnosed with it for at least 11 years. He kept falling asleep anywhere because he wasn’t able to sleep at night, they thought he was narcoleptic at first. He went through various sleep clinics after he fell asleep behind the wheel, luckily he was at a red light when he fell asleep, but he rolled into the car in front of him. anyways, he had elective surgeryon his throat and nasal passages. He said it was painful and in his opinion it didn’t help him. He was as worse as it could get so the docs said, he was not breathing over 40 seconds out of every minute he was sleeping. He has been sleeping with a breathing machine for at least 8 years.
He also uses those breathe right strips for a good 2-3 hours every night before he goes to bed, sometimes he sleeps with them on. anyways, I’ll ask him about any other suggestions for you.
Thanks Innerdialogue, got to run..we will talk more later…..
Sorry Q, I have no idea on this one. I’m praying for you though.
Thanks K, need all the help I can get with this body!
hey there pal, normally i would have something to say but i dont on this one. i would pray for ya but thats not something i do. srry. i can hope that u will feel betta and i can have faith ya will and that is what i am going to do. srry that is all i can do. i dont have any advise.
My brother had the operation,
If he would have heard about the success rate
(which isn’t that impressive)
before going under the laser,
he would have refused the surgery.
It was a painful recovery and in less than a year
his wife proclaimed that his apnea was serious all over again,
as if the operation hadn’t actually happened.
There are side effects that no one explained to my brother,
such as…….it’s now a whole lot easier for him to choke
on his food. He also has a hard time clearing his throat.
He still has to wear a dental appliance (which isn’t
really effective either).
I’m not trying to discourage you from having the surgery,
but I’d sure like to encourage you to research the subject
until you’ve looked under every rock two or three times,
so that there is not one pebble of information
that has been overlooked.
Very best wishes to you (and your Mrs.) for improved sleep
and countless danger-free dreams while romping on Cloud 9.
MsF, thank you VERY much. That will certainly enter into my decision. Again, thank you!
Thank you S.B…thank you very much..nothing like good prayer…….
Qzzz, have the doctors mentioned anything about possible weight loss helping. Sometimes that is all it takes. You must do something because about 2 months previous to Paul having his heart attacks he had developed sleep apnea so you cannot ignore it, especially if it is already at a serious level. We will keep you in our prayers Friend.
i was wondering qzzzzzz… might just be off the wall but….
when i lay back, relax my throat, and look down a little, i can feel my throat close off… and when i stretch my neck and look a little more forward, it’s almost hard to get my throat closed…
my question to you….
would a neck brace that stretched and keeps chin up help you?
maybe if one was altered it might be a little more comfortable than a mask…
Candp, understood my friend…I sleep real good except for waking up two or three times a night, but my honey says, it is aweful. She says I stop breathing for approx. 30 seconds. Guess that is why I’m little touched between the ears!!! lol…Thank you for your prayers!
Boyrs, because I hate the mask so much doubt that I could handle a brace, but thanks for trying to help this old man.
Have ruled out the surgery, cannot sleep on my sides, cannot sleep on my stomach as my neck would not allow it, have only two choices, get in shape and loss weigh or get the mask. First, I’m going to try and loss the weigh and get in shape. Then, if I cannot do that, will get the mask.
Thanks again my friend and have a great day!
I notice when I have this problem I drink hot milk read my bible and pray and before i know it I am knocked out cold :-)
GirlofGrace, it is not going to sleep that is the problem. Go to google and insert Apnea and it will tell you all about this problem. Have a great day!
Qzzzz, I hear the severe kind of sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing. If you have it bad, then it’s worth getting it checked out. My sister has mild sleep apnea and she uses those nose strips at night. It helps a little.
you may have to check your tonsils……my daughter had the same problem and it was because her tonsils were so big that it blocked her airway during her sleep.
Mam, that is interesting. Certainly will mention that to the doctor. Thank you are the advise.
Hny, it is bad according to the doctor. Got to do something!
Have a great day!
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