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MILD Sleep Apnea - Anyone using CPAP with Success for Mild? (vs. Moderate or Severe)?
An_251104 posted:
Hello all. I am a 30 yr old female recently diagnosed with MILD sleep apnea. I went to a pulmonary specialist because I have been exhausted for as long as I can remember. It takes me over an hour to fall asleep 75% of the time, and I wake up between 15-20 times a night on average. I have asthma, allergies, depression, and problems breathing out of my nose (I've had deviated septum surgery 2x by the same Dr., it's improved, but not very good still). Despite that, I'm fairly healthy & my high cholesterol is merely genetic (I eat well, exercise, and at 5' 7" weigh ~130 lbs). {Sharing for background purposes}

Much to my surprise, the sleep study determined I have MILD Apnea. I put MILD in all caps because it's the basis for my inquiry. I realize many people have found the CPAP to be a blessing (those with moderate to severe apnea), but I'm wondering about those with mild apnea. [br>[br>I tried the nasal pillows and masks in the sleep study for hours, but felt like I was suffocating (breathing in was OK, but I couldn't fully breath out). So, I'm now 3 days in with the Resmed Quattro FX being used with a Resmed S9 with heated humidifier (thinking of getting the heated tube so I can up the humidity - BOY, is it drying on my face & lips even with chapstick!).[br>[br>I know it'll take time to get used to this thing on my face, and my husband (poor thing! - though he's fully supportive) will have to get used to my Darth Vador Elephant Woman appearance! I have a very small nose (plus a crooked - what's left of it - septum). So we had the hardest time finding a mask that would sit on my face without leaking. I still seem to wake up often with leaks - I ordered a "CPAP Pillow" hoping it might help and avoid shifting, thus the leaks.

Is there anyone out there who also has mild apnea, who can share their story and tell me if it's worth all the hassle with such a mild case? I know I'm not at risk of dying or suffocating (with my number of apneas - plus I slow down more than I stop breathing).

So, I'm wondering:
1) if it's worth it,
2) if there are any suggestions for a newbie like me - including full-face-masks with tiny nose bridges, and
3) how long I should give it.

Many thanks! Have a beautiful day and restful night!!

~Hopefully wearing this thing!

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