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bharkins 03-23-2005 06:41 PM

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Axe,

Did you ever ask your doctor about the possibility of your having sleep apnea?
My husband has it and it was diagnosed at a sleep lab. His oxygen level was very low, in fact he has to have oxygen attached to his CPAP. He was not able to keep his eyes open in the afternoon and now he is like a new man.
Maybe you should check it out.

CASSIEBEL 03-24-2005 11:03 AM

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bharkins,
My husband also has sleep apnea and has undrgone two sleep studies. We were told that his oxygen sat goes very low also. Problem is he couldn't tolerate the CPAP mask. I was wondering how your husband did when he first started using it.
Our doctor didn't seem to worried but I am. He has had 1 heart attack already and I'm afraid the sleep apnea caused it because tests were done and no blockage was found.
Cass

bharkins 03-24-2005 03:00 PM

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Yes, Cass, you are correct. Sleep apnea puts a strain on the heart. That is what my husband's pulmonary specialist told us. My husband prefers the full face mask and the only trouble he had with it in the beginning was getting the mask not to leak air. My husband also has COPD. Both of his problems are now under control. Don't let your husband give up. Tell him to keep trying because he will be a new man with the CPAP. My husband is so cheerful when he awakes in the morning after his restful sleep with the CPAP that he actually annoys me sometimes. (I am not a morning person)

Random2 03-29-2005 08:17 AM

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Thanks for the support. I will bring this up to my doc. the next time that I speak to him. I think that it could play a role on my stomach problems in the morning & HBP....... I have always snored & etc. You all bring great points.

mgraylorn 03-29-2005 08:41 AM

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That's the problem isn't it? If you have sleep apnea the only solution they give you is CPAP. If you can't tolerate it you are out of luck.

I probably have some sleep apnea, but I know I would not be able to wear the mask, so why bother to have a sleep test?

bharkins 03-29-2005 08:47 AM

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mgray,

Please don't feel that way. They have different types of masks. My husband happens to prefer the full face mask. You may find that a small mask suits you better. Do not assume too much. Get a test. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to HBP, stroke and heart attack.

mgraylorn 03-29-2005 11:05 AM

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I'd need one which covered my mouth and nose, since it is when my mouth opens that I sometimes snore. I also have a ski slope nose, which makes it hard to fit anything tightly around it. On top of that I sleep on my stomach and shift around a lot. I'd never keep anything on my face.

bharkins 03-29-2005 07:06 PM

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It is better to be safe than sorry. I still say, get a test and don't say no until you have tried the masks. My husband changes sleep positions all night and has no trouble.

Random2 03-30-2005 08:00 AM

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I do the same thing. My g/f has had trouble sleeping next to me, because of my snoring & my constant moving around. She wants me to wear the Breathe Right Mask. I think that a lot of my stomach problems in the morning at times have a lot to do with Sleep Apnea. She has slept in the other room the last two nights with no problems. I woke up today and had no stomach problems at all. I really wonder if Harkins is on to something. My g/f doesn't think that I have Sleep Apnea, but if I snore (& have for years) & now I move around a lot, especially to her side there might be something to it. The next time that I go to my DO I will mention this. I am going to try the Breathe Right strips again....... another thing.... it happens a lot when I have a few drinks. I am quitting alcohol. Meds. & alcohol do not agree with me.

mgraylorn 03-30-2005 08:44 AM

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My significant other has bouts of sleep apnea when he has had a lot of beers (his alcohol of choice). There is something to alcohol contributing to sleep disturbances of all types.

bharkins 03-30-2005 09:57 AM

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It is a fact that sleep apnea can be aggravated by alcohol, sleeping pills and tranquilizers.

Random2 03-30-2005 10:23 AM

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Wonderful Harkins.... I am done with alcohol. I take 2 mgs of Xanax a day for anxiety, so basically I had 2 out of the 3 for 2 days a week. I am not quitting the Xanax, because it helps my BP a lot & I can function much better on a daily basis. I will use the Breathe Right Strips and see if that makes a difference. No alcohol last night and I woke up feeling great.... I just want my g/f to get sleep & to come back to the same room without me keeping her up. I have learned so much from your post, as well as many others.... much more than my DO.

CASSIEBEL 03-30-2005 02:20 PM

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[QUOTE=Lillians Axe]I do the same thing. My g/f has had trouble sleeping next to me, because of my snoring & my constant moving around. She wants me to wear the Breathe Right Mask. I think that a lot of my stomach problems in the morning at times have a lot to do with Sleep Apnea. She has slept in the other room the last two nights with no problems. I woke up today and had no stomach problems at all. I really wonder if Harkins is on to something. My g/f doesn't think that I have Sleep Apnea, but if I snore (& have for years) & now I move around a lot, especially to her side there might be something to it. The next time that I go to my DO I will mention this. I am going to try the Breathe Right strips again....... another thing.... it happens a lot when I have a few drinks. I am quitting alcohol. Meds. & alcohol do not agree with me.[/QUOTE]
Same thing as my husband. He was just diagnosed with sleep apena!
Cass

Random2 03-30-2005 02:30 PM

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Very interesting.......Never even considered it before.....


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