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Old 11-10-2006, 10:59 PM   #1
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CPAP machine and asthma relief

4 years ago, I was admitted to the hospital with uncontrollable asthma and the inability to breathe for over 14 days. Rather than being intubated (thank god), a one particular doctor decided to try (what he called experimental) a CPAP machine.

This machine is used in patients with sleep apnea (I have this also ) allowing a constant flow of air and to assist (somewhat) with breating.

At the time (4 yrs ago), the CPAP machine was turned up very high and literally FORCED me to breath. I don't know why to this day they don't give it to every asthma sufferer??? I believe, short of intubating, this machine saved my life. It took me 5 days to wean off of the machine.

Fast forward to the present, I have the CPAP machine for my apnea, it comes standard with a humidifier which is adjustable. The machine is not set nearly as high as what I was subjected to 4 years ago but I don't wake up reaching for my puffer anymore.

Anyhow, if anyone thinks there is a remote chance they might have sleep apnea, they should go to their sleep clinic and hopefully get one of these machines.

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Old 03-10-2007, 11:49 PM   #2
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Re: CPAP machine and asthma relief

Hi Rowdyboy,
I agree with you I was diagnosed with athma some 27yrs ago, but did not have a problem with it unless I had a cold or a respiratory infection. Then my apartment sustained water damage and mold started forming. I had went to my sleep specialist back in July and had to get another sleep study because my Cpap machine was outdated. I got the new one in Oct. 06 in the midst of me having breathing problems due to living in a moldy apartment. The cpap machine saved my life. I would take a breathing treatment when I walked in the door and then one before going to bed. Then when I got up in the morning after removing the cpap mask I would have an asthma attack within 30 min. I started taking the breathing treatment after I got showered and dressed for work and then taking it upon returning home, and them before going to bed. If it were not for the cpap machine I would not have been able to sleep at night without going to the emergency room. I have moved out of the apartment now, but still have asthma due to the allergies that the mold left me with. I sleep with distilled water in the humidifier attached to the cpap. I sleep alnight long without breathing problems even if I am in the midst of an asthma attack. Thank God for the cpap machine it is saving my life and make life more tolerant. If I could I would walk around the house with it on and never take it off but I know that is not possible. I am allergic to smoke, cigarette smoke, mold, mildew, dust mites, pollen, ragweed long and short, trees, mixed molds, mushrooms, wheat, rye, barley, salt water fish, shellfish, nuts, ect. Just walking outside triggers my asthma.
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Old 03-10-2007, 11:51 PM   #3
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Re: CPAP machine and asthma relief

Hi Rowdyboy,
I agree with you I was diagnosed with athma some 27yrs ago, but did not have a problem with it unless I had a cold or a respiratory infection. Then my apartment sustained water damage and mold started forming. I had went to my sleep specialist back in July and had to get another sleep study because my Cpap machine was outdated. I got the new one in Oct. 06 in the midst of me having breathing problems due to living in a moldy apartment. The cpap machine saved my life. I would take a breathing treatment when I walked in the door and then one before going to bed. Then when I got up in the morning after removing the cpap mask I would have an asthma attack within 30 min. I started taking the breathing treatment after I got showered and dressed for work and then taking it upon returning home, and them before going to bed. If it were not for the cpap machine I would not have been able to sleep at night without going to the emergency room. I have moved out of the apartment now, but still have asthma due to the allergies that the mold left me with. I sleep with distilled water in the humidifier attached to the cpap. I sleep alnight long without breathing problems even if I am in the midst of an asthma attack. Thank God for the cpap machine it is saving my life and make life more tolerant. If I could I would walk around the house with it on and never take it off but I know that is not possible. I am allergic to smoke, cigarette smoke, mold, mildew, dust mites, pollen, ragweed long and short, trees, mixed molds, mushrooms, wheat, rye, barley, salt water fish, shellfish, nuts, ect. Just walking outside triggers my asthma as well as strong smells and frangrances.
This has been one really wild ride that if I could I would gladly get off of it.
Kno-kno

 
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