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November 7, 2007

CPAP is here!

Filed under: CPAP, fibromyalgia, health, life, sleep — Wizus @ 7:25 pm

My Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine arrived today!  I have mixed feelings about wearing an unflattering piece of headgear and being hooked up to a machine all night.  On the one hand, it is ugly and not very comfortable…but on the other I don’t want to rob my body of the oxygen it needs. 

When the airway is blocked and breathing stops during sleep, you are being momentarily choked or asphyxiated, and the sudden drop in oxygen level causes carbon dioxide levels in the blood to rise. The body tries to protect itself from harm by making the heart work harder to move the remaining oxygenated blood through the body. So, your heart rate increases too. ~respironics.com

The results from my first sleep study showed I had a mild sleep apnea with  AHI 11 and  oxygen saturation of 92%.  My doctor told me that I didn’t have any instances where I would miss a breath, but that I have very shallow breathing…I’ll take that as a good thing as the whole ‘stop breathing in your sleep’ thing is very scary!  Most people with only mild sleep apnea can get away with using a mouthguard that would help keep the airway open.  Since I take medications that cause drowsiness my doctor is afraid my throat muscles could become too relaxed which would make it more difficult to breathe.  So, he sent me in for a second sleep test to try out the CPAP machine. 

I slept much better during the 2nd study than I did at the 1st, mostly because of the Rx I take that help me sleep.  Plus, the second time around I felt more at ease since I knew what to expect.  I was able to try out the different types of masks available for the CPAP machine and I picked one that just goes under the nose (there is one that covers the whole nose and one that cover the mouth and nose).   I think the one I picked works the best for me because the pressure was more direct into my nose and with my sinuses giving me so many problems lately I finally felt like I was breathing “right” again.

I really have high hopes that I will wake up feeling much better than I have been!



  1. Hello my name is Benjamin. I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. I have been battling with my insurance company and they are not going to help me get a bipap machine because it is a pre-existing condition. I am trying to get one used online. I set up a website to try to tell my story and hopefully make enough from the ads to purchase a bipap machine. The last sleep study I went to told me that if I did not get a machine, I was headed for a heart attack in 5 years. I am 36. I appreciate anyone who makes the effort to spread the word. I would like to try to set up a way for the uninsured to get cpap and bipap machines without insurance. Thanks Very Much

    Comment by Benjamin — November 7, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

  2. Benjamin, that is really a tough spot to be in. Without medical insurance it would have been a lot harder for me to purchase my CPAP machine. I really hope you can find a low cost machine very soon. Good luck to you!

    Comment by Wizus — November 7, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

  3. Oh, Izus! I hope you feel better soon! So sorry you’re going through this! I’m super glad your hubby has been so supportive! *hugs*

    Comment by cmmg — November 11, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

  4. I am forty Five years of age and was recently diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. I have a CPAP machine but I am having difficulty with choosing the right mask. During my sleep study I used the nose mask. My study was a nightmare. I only slept for half the night and even though I was receiving lots of extra oxygen, I felt like I was smothering.

    When I received my CPAP machine, I chose the full face mask thinking that I might feel more comfortable but I am still having difficulty. I also have sinus issues, which exacerbate the problem. I don’t know if I have some strange form of Claustrophobia or what but I am experiencing serious difficulty adjusting to the CPAP machine.

    Comment by TonyG — November 15, 2007 @ 1:20 am

  5. Tony, I have major sinus issues too, but I am working with an allergist who has been a God-send! A part of my oxygen depravation has been due to the fact that my sinuses become completely blocked while I sleep. Now I have a new Rx nose spray that actually works for me (I have gone through many that do not!) and the problem is under control. The dr who gave me the CPAP wanted me to use the full nose/mouth mask because of the sinus problem/mouth breathing but I can’t stand using it.

    I understand the smoothering feeling of air being forced into your nose…it can feel as though you cannot breathe out and then it feels as though you are being forced to breathe in again. Maybe you could ask your dr. about a sleep aid to help you relax and fall asleep? Or stay up later than usual so you are very very tired. The less time you lay awake thinking about breathing the better!

    Comment by Wizus — November 15, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

  6. How is it going? We need an update! 🙂

    Comment by shellssells — November 18, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

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