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    Sleep Apnea
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    urbisoler posted:
    My doctor tells me that I stop breathing at night depriving my body of needed oxygen. I have a heart condition and do not need for it to work overtime. I have been using a CPAP machine. It has destroyed my nose even using a double gel pad over the nose. My question: If the lack of oxygen is my problem, why can't I just breathe in pure oxygen via a nasal canula???
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    pixe5 responded:
    Hi urbisoler,

    If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea then using pure oxygen wouldn't work. The reason why is because the problem is not with the lungs but with the throat. The throat collapses and you can't breathe. The CPAP uses air pressure to open up the throat
     
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    Andie_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Urbisoler,

    I'm sorry to hear that your CPAP is giving you some problems. Pixe5 gave a perfect explanation of how a CPAP works and why it's not the type of air that makes the difference.

    You might also check out this thread, All About CPAP's , which has links to good resources and information that might help.

    Good luck, and please let us know how you're doing and if you found any relief.

    ~Andie
    Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking. ~Clifton Fadiman
     
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    at30978 replied to Andie_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Pure oxygen is far too dangerous. Air enriched with some oxygen is more practical. Thousands of people use some oxygen all the time.

    Some oxygen use, properly applied, while not curing sleep apnea, can relieve its symptoms, such as daytime sleepiness and that can make life worthwhile.

    PMH


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