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Re: Teen-Aged Son Diagnosed with OSA

Re: Teen-Aged Son Diagnosed with OSA

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Posted by Keith on November 14, 2000 at 17:50:40:

In Reply to: Teen-Aged Son Diagnosed with OSA posted by Molly on October 24, 2000 at 13:51:42:

: My almost 15-year-old was just prescribed a CPAP machine for OSA after 2 sleep studies. He can't get used to it. The doc has agreed to let us have one week to work up to a setting of 10. But that method isn't working. He begins to fall asleep, and then feels like he is suffocating, so he removes the mask. Apparently, a Bi-PAP machine was used in his sleep study, and he had no problem with that. We were told it wouldn't be easy, that he would get frustrated. He is generally a very compliant kid, but he is very discouraged. He is exhausted all of the time, and it is getting worse. He is home-schooled because he can no longer keep up the pace at school. His exhaustion and inability to concentrate is getting worse and only allows him to study about an two hours per day. How does one get used to the pressure?
I have had a CPAP for about three years and found it very difficult at first. My solotion was to set the machine to blow at full pressure from the moment I started to put the mask on rather than to try to build up to pressure with the timer. As an older married man it was also a great help to be cuddled by my wife as I fought the feelings of claustrophobia. It is hard but the effect of a good nights sleep is worth the weeks of struggle. Once I got used to it I actually prefer to sleep with it on.




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