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Re: Diagnosed 2 weeks ago-no machine yet-will I be so much different

Re: Diagnosed 2 weeks ago-no machine yet-will I be so much different

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Posted by Greg C. on July 14, 2000 at 09:33:06:

In Reply to: Diagnosed 2 weeks ago-no machine yet-will I be so much different posted by Benita on July 12, 2000 at 21:26:24:

The good news is that you can expect dramatic improvement with cpap. As you have a pretty severe apnea, you should feel much better when you finally get useful sleep. One thing you should know, is that you probably won't feel better after just one night. It took a long time to reach the stage you are at, and you have to "pay back the sleep debt" as they say. You should see steady improvement as the days go by. It may take one or two months but stick with it. The main hurdle you have to face is getting used to the mask and machine. It is not that bad, but there are lots of things you need to watch out for. Getting the right mask for you can be a trial. There are lots of masks available these days, so make sure you keep trying them to find the one that works best with you. Many people find a heated humidifier helps tremendously with their cpap. The most important thing is to approach this with a positive attitude. Keep in mind that most people who post on forums like these are the ones who are having trouble. You usually don't see all the successes that are out there, and there's many!!! I have been on my cpap for 3 nights now and am tolerating it well. I already find increasing alertness duringn the day, and am slowly improving. Good luck. Please email me if you want to talk more.

By the way, there's a great wealth of information on another forum which I have found to be extremely valuable. Check out:

http://www.sleepnet.com

and look for the apnea forum.

--Greg


: I was diagnosed with a rather severe case of sleep apnea 2 1/2 weeks ago. I go this Sunday night for my second sleep study to go on CPAP to see if it helps. From what I've been able to find out on the web, this is going to help so many of my health problems. I'm 48, bi-polar manic, irregular heartbeat, overweight, ALWAYS tired, no energy,etc. Am I expecting too much from using a CPAP? Will my personality really change for the better? Does the machine actually make you feel so much better that you can really notice the new energy level? I know I've had this problem for over 20 years, have complained to many doctors that whole time, but no one would ever do anything about it. I'm waking up 27X a night, and stop breathing approx 43X per hour, oxygen down to 68%. Encouraging advise, etc. would be greatly appreciated.




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