sleep apnea mask discomfort

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Sojourner2dd
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   Posted 5/22/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi -
 
I have a family member with apnea.  He says the mask discomfort is worse than the apnea itself - so he tends to avoid the machine. Has anyone else had a similar experience and can you provide any recommendations on how to ease this discomfort?
 
Thanks!

skeye
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   Posted 5/22/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sojurner,

We have a few members of the forum that have sleep apnea, and they may be able to help you out. But in general, I'd say you're not in the right forum for this kind of advice, as the majority of us are not afflicted by sleep apnea, so we have no experiences to draw on. I know that there a sleep apnea forums out there (although not on HW). Perhaps one of our members that has sleep apnea can direct you to one of them. They would be better able to answer your question.

Regards,
Skeye

White Beard
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   Posted 5/22/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Sojurner

Here is an excellent site to goto for sleep apnea:www DOT apneasupport DOT org/index.php you will find all the help you could ever want there. To answer your question, mask dicomfort is often a major problem in the treatment of sleep apnea, I but there are many different styles and types of masks available. I bet I tried at least a couple of dozen different masks, before I finally found one that would work for me, and even then I had to modify it so it would work with my high pressures. I could never tolerate the full face mask, because of the pressure it put on the bridge of my nose and the air leaking into my eyes, so I use a Hybrid or Liberty mask it covers the mouth like a full face mask but has nasal pillows coming out the top that fits into your nostrils, I like it, but everyone is so different, and they have to find what will work for them. Check out that web site I think you will find it very helpfull, to you!
Good Luck to You

White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Sojourner2dd
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   Posted 5/26/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to you both. White Beard, I'm forwarding your response to my brother and a couple of friends. Very helpful - I appreciate it!
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