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    Question Sleep study, sleep apnea and CPAP question

    I see many people here are using a CPAP for sleep apnea.
    They did they a sleep study on me some time ago for this. The pressure was so high I could hardly breathe out to get new breath of air. I hardly slept. After two nights of that, apparently I had slept enough for the RT to diagnose sleep apnea. The RT wanted to go a third night with the study to confirm it, but I was so exhausted from not sleeping that I refused.

    Seems my lungs have hurt since then.

    My question is, is that high pressure typical during sleep study? I need to have a CPAP but don't want to go through the hell of a sleep study like that again. Please share experiences with sleep studies for apnea.

    Oh, what if the power goes off for a long period of time, will the CPAP user be able to sleep without stopping breathing?


    Thanks In Advance!
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    My wife went to Good Sam in Portland for her sleep study some years ago. She never said anything about too high a pressure; after an hour or so of observation that night they said "yes, you have obstructive sleep apnea, try this" and they put on a CPAP. That was the first decent night's sleep she had had for years - that morning when I drove her home, it was the first time she had not fallen asleep in the car for years. I saw some of the monitor readouts, and they were very illuminating - sleep apnea is very hard on the heart.
    I don't really understand why the pressure was so high for your sleep test.
    We were talking the other day about what happens when the power goes off (it only flickered a bit for us Sunday evening); she just automatically opens her mouth without waking - and starts snoring . Same as when the hose gets disconnected. Not a problem.
    - Richard

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    quadvet, I'm quite sure I also have sleep apnea as you've described. I always snore, I wake up short of breath and I yawn a lot during the day. Actually my doc had arranged a sleep study for me two different times and I never followed up on them. I really should get assessed because a guy (another quad) who was my roomate in the hospital 30 years ago died a couple years ago due to complications from sleep apnea. I couldn't believe it. Until my next dr. appt. when he chews my ass for not getting the sleep study , I'm going to try this chin strap instead of the CPAP.
    http://www.tinashomecare.com/cpap_chin_straps.htm

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    My experience was great in the sleep study. The problem was, the machine/mask I got from insurance was not the same. It sucks!

    I stopped using it. I have a canula that gives O2 up the nose instead.

    It sorta works.

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    Sorry NoDecafPlz that's a bummer

    Man can't imagine sleeping with all that.

    Maybe just the strap.

    Guess I need to read up on this.
    I wake myself up constantly.
    I'll sleep 5 seconds then jerk awake w/a loud snore.
    I'm not that fat.
    I'm 145 lbs 5'2", but 75% of my fat is in my belly.
    Why are we all doing this? our belly?

    ggrrrrr

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    Quadvet,
    I had sleep apnea a couple of years ago prior to my accident. I had all the signs and it was actually pretty scarey because I would fall asleep everywhere. I would stop at a stop sign and fall asleep, I would fall asleep in the middle of a sentence. There were a few times where I fell asleep driving home on the freeway and I would wake up and realize that I had driven past my exit by miles.

    Sleep study is bad, from what I hear you can even do it at home. My brother in law did it and I will let you know. I tried the CPab machine and I couldn't handle it I would take it off during the night. I decided to have an operation and I don't have apnea any longer. They take out your tonsils, adinoid, and open up your throat. Operation hurt like a mother but definetly worth while. A lot of people have sleep apnea and don't have a clue they have it. Good luck,,,,,,Enrique

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    Seep apnea occurs commonyin those with thicker necks & also those who have recessed chins- you don't have to be overweight.

    Drinking alcohol & narcotics can make the apnea worse.

    CWO

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    Senior Member Mona~on~wheels's Avatar
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    So my medicine is causing it.


    thanks~

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    Hi quadvet,

    I had some of your symptoms and I was prescribed a Bi-Pap machine. It decreases pressure when I exhale and increases when I inhale. I was having to use a full face mask which caused me problems. They came out with a new mask that fits into the nostrils and this works very well for me.

    Good luck with yours,
    Millard
    ''Life's tough... it's even tougher if you're stupid!'' -- John Wayne


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    Quote Originally Posted by rfbdorf
    My wife went to Good Sam in Portland for her sleep study some years ago. She never said anything about too high a pressure; after an hour or so of observation that night they said "yes, you have obstructive sleep apnea, try this" and they put on a CPAP.

    I don't really understand why the pressure was so high for your sleep test.

    - Richard
    I'm not allowed to go to Good Samaritan's, being a veteran.

    I don't understand the pressure being so high, either. But I the staff reassured me that it was normal. My chest and belly was expanding more than it had in 15 years, even a visitor was surprised. I had to actually push out to get the pressure to stop and allow me to exhale.

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