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August 2020 – iDunmed

Month: August 2020

Fitbit caught it

I saw the highest spike yet in my estimated oxygen variation levels this morning. Coincides nicely with a HR spike too.

I am currently untreated, but that’s about to change as soon as I can figure out what supplies I need to order to get my pap running again. I was successful for three months after getting it, but I then kept getting sinus infection after sinus infection and I never had them before. I cleaned it every day, used distilled water, etc. And I was just really sick at the time and coughing all night long, so I’d need to pull the mask away from my face to spit out the stuff that I cough up. Which is so irritating to do that I lost so much sleep because of it. However I’m healthy right now mostly due to isolation for the pandemic. And I have figured out more of my health issues, I have Relapsing Polychondritis and it might have had something to do with the sinus infections. And I have found that using sinus rinses with a steroid medication in them might greatly help my CPAP use compliance. 🤞

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Still trying to figure out what image hosting site to use to actually post the images in the reddit post instead of links.

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Two nights on BiPAP so far, is this normal?

Hey all.

Results from my sleep study said I had 82 events an hour so here I am. I got my BiPAP Friday night and I’m starting to notice a pattern. I have a Resmed P10 for a mask and a Dreamweaver BiPAP with auto settings that seemed to settle on 12.

I feel way different than I expected. Every one of these two nights like clockwork I would fall asleep, and dream very vividly, only to wake up 45 minutes to an hour later. I did this maybe 3 times a night. AHI is 1.8

I feel wide awake when I do so, most of the time I can’t go back to sleep for a hour or more. But then after an hour or two my eyes would burn. Apnea headache is gone and energy is up, which is nice, but my body seema to crave more sleep only hours after feeling wide awake.

Is this normal for a newbie on BiPAP/CPAP? I feel like I’m not getting any deep sleep at all and I’m incredibly sleepy hours after waking.

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At-home treatments for sleep apnea

I recently lost my health insurance with my job. Prior to all of the elective procedures being put on hold, I was going through the process to see a doctor to see what surgical treatments for sleep apnea would work best for me. I plan to keep pursuing this option once I have health care again. However, in the interim, I was wondering what other options I could use to treat my sleep apnea at home. I have a CPAP but i don’t find that it works very well. Despite me trying 9 different masks (and 6-9 months of use), I never got one that consistently worked. None quite fit my face right and I developed a rash wearing the one that fit the best. Due to that and it’s lack of reliability, I rarely use it. I’ve found that stacking my pillows on top of each other to elevate my head works pretty well. I’ve been dreaming more than I have in a long time. I guess the point of this post is to ask if anyone in this subreddit has had some success with some at-home treatments for sleep apnea or any tricks/methods they’ve devised/been prescribed. I’d love to be able to try out new methods to try and abate some of the symptoms of sleep apnea (daytime tiredness, foggy head) which have recently re-emerged, despite my high frequency of dreams. Thanks everyone!

Tl;dr: CPAP doesn’t work too well for me. Until I can get an appointment to get surgical treatment for sleep apnea, I’d like to try to improve my quality of sleep through any methods that folks on this subreddit might have found helped them.

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Has anyone’s blood pressure improved on CPAP?

I recently read an article that said the use of CPAP to treat OSA can decrease blood pressure. I’ve been on a CPAP for 5 months now. I haven’t kept great track of my blood pressure, but my fitbit tracks my resting heart rate, and there has been a definite decrease. I’ve been on blood pressure medication for many years. I’m wondering if anyone has successfully come off their blood pressure medication after using a CPAP machine? Wouldn’t it be great if CPAP not only helps me sleep better, but got me off these pills, too!!

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I can only sleep for a few hours at a time and often wake up with a racing heart & anxiety. Ways to rule out sleep apnea at home?

It is pretty much impossible for me to fall asleep anywhere but home, so a standard sleep study is out of the question. It has been recommended to me multiple times, though. The idea of sleeping somewhere I’m not already comfortable scares me.

Is there another way I can test for/be tested for sleep apnea at home?

I am exhausted! I wake up way before I probably should leaving me pretty tired throughout the day. This has going on for years and it has been getting really apparent now that I need restful sleep to focus during Zoom meetings all day! *yawn*

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Deviated Septum = Root of all evil?

Not to bore people with a long story on everything but to cut to the chase for the last 4 years ever since I have turned 30 I started having worsening TMJ problems that then morphed into horrible sleep that led to exhaustion.

The problems kept getting worse to the point now where I wake up I have constant brain fog and I am basically a zombie who can’t function. All my life I have never been able to breathe through my nose because of a deviated septum. The problem has gotten so bad now that when I sleep I can’t breathe through my mouth anymore either as I wake up coughing on my own saliva sometimes.

I also wake up “alert”and feel like I have adrenaline even though I am exhausted (presumably because my body forced a wakeup due to not breathing) but I can’t really prove anything yet as I have not been tested for sleep apnea.

Does it make ANY kind of sense that my deviated septum has caused the TMJ and horrible sleep problems and eventually makes you not even able to breathe through your mouth over 30+ years? Thanks

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Relapse or something else?

I just started on the CPAP. Been doing it for 10 days. According to Oscar I am seeing HUGE improvement. Without the CPAP I had a AHI around 14 in my sleep study. With the CPAP worst was 6.67 lowest was 0.74 which was last night. I am averaging around 5 hours a night. Oscar is an awesome tool!

First couple of days felt AWESOME!!! I had so much energy the first 4-5 days. Then a few days ago I hit a wall. I feel like dog shit. Like worse than I did before I started this. Last 3-4 days I wake up feeling like I never went to sleep. Yet my AHI last night was 0.74.

What the hell is going on here?

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