Anybody here have any personal experience with CPAP? I need to know because it's probably in my not-too-distant future........I had an appointment with a sleep specialist yesterday, and he's about 99% sure I have sleep apnea of some sort (I've got a sleep study scheduled in late May) and will need this equipment.
Now, I've certainly seen CPAP machines before---patients often bring their own from home to use when they're in the hospital---but frankly, how are you supposed to sleep with that mask strapped onto your face and all that air rushing down through your nose and mouth? Does it really help? And are you ever able to stop using it once you start?
Funny, the things a nurse doesn't know about until she becomes a patient herself.......
Thanks in advance for sharing any advice or firsthand knowledge!
Mar 12, '05
My husband (whom I had to drag in kicking and screaming to the doc) has been using a CPAP for about 3 or 4 years...heck maybe longer. He never leaves home without it (even camping and we have an extra one on our boat). He was snoring so bad he had bleeding in his pharynx...I assume from dried out membranes and horrendous rattling vibrations. He couldn't stay awake anywhere...asleep at kids recitals, doctor waiting rooms, don't let him sit down cuz he's OUT. We couldn't sleep in the same room for years...apparently I beat the tar out of him in my sleep (or WAS I really asleep :chuckle )
He went through 2 or 3 sleep studies...fought the pulmonologist and his wife tooth and nail about snoring, sleep apnea and the thought of a machine.
He now sleeps very soundly - still can't stay awake if he sits down - I believe other issues are to blame there now. He doesn't snore at all with the CPAP on (and on the correct pressure). He keeps the mask on all night most of the time. He has a cool gelmask that seals around the nose...leaving the mouth free-no probs with keeping his mouth shut (well, while he's asleep anyway
). He now swears by using the CPAP and has been very much an advocate for it's use and the importance of being diagnosed and USING the machine (it just doesn't seem to work so well sittin on the nightstand or floor without putting the mask on) The only complaint he's ever had... is flatulance...
apparently you are prone to swallow some air.
I'm so glad I drug his hiney in and I can now say "SEE, I TOLD you so!"
Do the sleep study and go from there...you will need to make adjustments as you go (with the pressure) depending on the severity of your apnea.
Good luck!! I hope you can get taken care of and that it works well for you!
Hey, the March issue of Nursing 2005 has an article on sleep apnea...might find it interesting? :wink2:
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