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    Get the right sleep specialist and the right CPAP gear
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    Bill_in_Pasco posted:

    I was diagnosed with moderate obstructive sleep apnea in 1995. My symptoms were morning headaches, weakness in the legs, irritability, inability to concentrate, dozing off anytime I sat down, and of course I was overweight at 250 pounds. Before I had a chance to commit suicide at the thought of being strapped all night to a vacuum cleaner running in reverse, I saw the movie Apollo 13 on the way home from the diagnosis. If those astronauts could lug around their portable air conditioner units in those claustrophobic space suits, I figured I could man-up and handle a CPAP unit. 16 years later I still wear it every night and I feel great, walk 3 miles a day for exercise, and I am about to marry for the 3rd time. I use earplugs to eliminate any whirring sounds, as does my partner. It took 4 tries to find the right face gear. My medical supply house regularly calls me to replace the wear-and-tear items. I realized as my symptoms went away that the face mask is not as claustrophobic as a coffin. I am 68 years old and now weigh 200 pounds. CPAP and I are a team because I know I would be dead without it. That's no longer an option since I have 3 grandkids I enjoy spending time with.
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    Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Dear Bill_in_Pasco,

    Hello and thank you so much for sharing your story! It's amazing to hear how you changed your life and attitude.

    Congratulations on losing 50lbs, walking for exercise, and looking forward to marriage. Good for you on persisting until you found a mask that fit right and using your CPAP every night.

    Those grandkids and partner-to-be are very lucky to have someone with your strength and determination.

    Byroney
    I haven't failed. I've found 10,000 ways that won't work. -Benjamin Franklin
     
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    An_206850 responded:
    I have a couple of questions. I am now almost 60. I need to lose about 30-40# to be at my ideal weight. I have Epstein Barr Mononucleosis which is an auto immune disease. I was diagnosed in 2005 with OSL. I used the CPAP faithfully until I had my lasik eye surgery. It drys my eyes out too much. No with the EPS I have chronic respiratory issues and find that the CPAP is very annoying because I am never comfortable.
    What mask did you finally settle on. I have the CPAP with the built in humidfier and just got the soft flesh colored fabric mask.
    Wondering if you have tried this one.
    dgnort
     
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    bubblenet replied to An_206850's response:
    You can order a "Comfort Care" Sleep comfort care pad to fit on top of your nose from you DME provider. It is additional padding which blocks the air from leaking by your eyes. It fixed my 15 yr problem! It is a silicone pad, suggested by my Sleep DR.
     
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    dgibby responded:
    To decide if Bill's post is helpful, I would like an update !!
     
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    mamamitzvah replied to dgibby's response:
    I am 65 years old & about 200 pounds overweight. I started using the BiPAP after a stay in the hospital for bronchitis/pneumonia. It took me quite a while to get used to it, but now I use it as much as possible. The difference is absolutely amazing. It not only has helped my breathing but, with the help of a diuretic, has aided in a modest weight loss.I found the best way of adjusting was to use the machine when I was doing activities that would enable to concentrate on what I was doing instead of the BiPAP. It was a gradual increase, but there are days that I can wear it for 20 hours. I wish you good health & hope you find the same ability to adjust. It will help you very much.
     
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    atti_editor replied to mamamitzvah's response:
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and what has worked for with the community! Glad to hear that that you are doing well!


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