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Cpap changed my life

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Oregonhunter5, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    i just wanted to post this, so I be of a sounding board for people that might need to get tested, or don't even know they need it.
    It has literally been life changing. In many ways.
    One big way, no more daily head aches. It's shocking!!!!
     
  2. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    A decent night's sleep
    No more elbow shaped bruises on one side
     
  3. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    But she loves you
     
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  4. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Yes, but it's conditional love
    as long as I don't snore any more
     
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  5. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    My exWife could have used one of those. So glad she vamoosed :D
     
  6. coastal steelheader

    coastal steelheader Aberdeen Well-Known Member

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    I've been using one for about a year or so. My life has definitely seen improvement

    No more nodding off during lunch, or during a meeting.
    No more coming to every morning, my "up" time is cut by 75%
    No more headaches - I got them too. Not horrible ones, but just more of a dull ache that was more of an annoyance than anything else. Not as irritable either.
    No more fatigue or loss of energy during the day
    No more drinking coffee like it was water
    My brain seems to start working much earlier, than its usual wake up time of noon.
     
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  7. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    So I have been considering getting tested for quite some time, but it just always slips down the list. My wife gets upset that I snore so much and that I can fall asleep in seconds before she does and then she commences with the nudges and elbows. My question is about the device or CPAP, and I know you probably aren't a doc but is the mask generally required or is the mouthpiece a viable option? It's still on the list but will be a few more weeks.
     
  8. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Let's see when I surf I can hold my breath for a good 60 seconds. And when I sleep I was holding my breath more thanI was actually breathing I think.. I'm not sure how I'm still alive I was holding my breath for so long during my sleep.

    If you have not been tested get it done! The new nose masks are so comfortable, just slip it on and oh look it's 7 hours later and time to get up! No more of that tired all day long falling asleep during all my breaks..
     
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  9. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've been using a C-pap for 11 years.
    No one has mentioned that Sleep Apnea can kill you! It kills by heart attack! All of the above are just symptoms, leading up to blowing your pump. B5Ben, the masks come in nose covering, mouth and nose covering, which I have to use, and the mouth piece. Much like a scuba mouth piece. Which you use is largely based on what you can use.
    Oregonhunter5 is right, it is a life changing event! I was so beaten down by the symptoms that I didn't really give a poo if I died. Once diagnosed, the machine made life worth living again!
    Fair warning, it is not easy to get used to the darned thing, but it's a lot better than leaving a widow and you're children fatherless!
     
  10. coastal steelheader

    coastal steelheader Aberdeen Well-Known Member

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    I hate to sound like a liberal, nannying, mother hen, but get tested!!
    In most cases you'll have to do a sleep over - no more than a couple to figure out what kind of machine and mask you need.

    My only complaint is in my case its hard to find a mask that will fit my homely mug properly. I also wake up to those marks from the head straps. Other than that its been a godsend. You won't be disappointed.
     
  11. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    Will be looking into it very soon. Thanks!
     
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  12. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I took right to it. The new machines and masks are amazing. My first night my wife work me up several times thinking I was dead.. I had not slept that good in years!

    Had a friend that kept putting it off and putting it off, had a blow out in his sleep at 42!
     
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  13. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    I use a mask that just has two soft small round inlets that sit in the nose. I tend to open my mouth when I sleep, so I have to wear a chin strap. You can't have a opening or the air will escape.
    My oxygen was 80% at night. That's bad. That's why I had headaches.
    53 episodes where I stopped breathing an hour.
    I'm a much nicer person.
    Much happier.
    Way more energy.
    Better outlook on life.
    I enjoy the mask.
    At 42, I'm so shocked how well this works for me, I'd consider going back to med school, to be a sleep doc. Cause I want to help everyone with this stuff.
     
  14. waglockfan

    waglockfan Puget Sound Well-Known Member

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    Please do it, not only for your health but the well being of your family is at stake
     
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  15. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    You asked about the mouth piece, "sleep appliance".
    For less severe cases they work ok. But they have one BIG drawback, they change the bite of your mouth. Meaning your teeth will be offset and collide. You don't want that...
    There's surgery, but that's less successful, and still not the gold standard which is the cpap.
    Best advice is this, man up, and see it through. The cpap isn't that hard.
     
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  16. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    Looks like I'll be biting the bullet and get tested.
     
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  17. ol Bust Head

    ol Bust Head Gresham Member

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    I will echo what has already been said, I was a bear of a snorer! I could be heard 2 dorms down at the fire station I worked at, falling asleep in seconds. I would get off shift, go home and take a nap even if we did not run calls the night before. I was getting up 4-5 times a night to pee. I did the sleep study which was a take home deal that connected to my wrist. Tried the mouth piece first which I hated. CPAP was the way for me. I opted for the nose pillows rather then the masks and have no issues. The very first night, I slept nearly 13 hours! not getting up once to pee. My wife had to come wake me, she was getting concerned, I never sleep that long. It has now been 7 months. I sleep quietly (My wife says) The CPAP is a quite device, I sleep about 8-9 hours, usually getting up once a night to pee or not at all. Make the call!!
     
  18. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^
    That is almost my story. Please be open to this guys. There's a lot of pride with men. A lot. I am one. But this is my only gift I can give you. Get tested. Not snoring is a total bi product. Loving life is what you realize. Not dying of diabetes or heart failure is the unknown win.
    Life is much much more happy for me.
    It's crazy!!!!!!
     
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  19. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    One legal issue, if you have certain licences then this is not something you can do when you feel like it. You'll have to do it all the time. Modern systems record the data for you, and you transmit it the reporting agency.

    What if you go hunting for a week, or vacation for couple, do you need a portable unit to keep up, to meet the legal requirements?

    Be sure to check.
     
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  20. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    No
    They only monitor you the first 30 days
     
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