There is nothing pleasant about having to don a mask everynight and have a seemingly thousand mile an hour wind blowing into your mouth and up your nose and then trying to go to sleep like that. It is a challenge that is for sure! But the alternative is by far much worse. Untreated sleep apnea, can cause high blood pressure, and contribute to diabetes, and in some situtations, even a heart attack or stroke in your sleep! Not to mention the chances of falling asleep at the wheel while driving and the tragic results that can end up with. That scares me more than anything because that happened to me, before getting diagnosed and treatment, I woke up going sixty mile an hour down in the median of a major interstate! I was lucky but it scared me to death, not just the fact that it could have killed me, but if someone would have been in the car with me, or another car on the highway. ( I hate to think what the results would have been!) When driving with untreated sleep apnea, it is just not your own life that is on the line, but it is also everyone elses that is sharing the roadway with you! And many insurance companies will not cover you if you are driving with untreated but diagnosed sleep apnea! And I have heard that in some state they will actually proscute you for doing that! Some real food for thought there!
Pete I can not tell you how many mask I tried before I found one that really worked, infact a couple I used, I ended up modifing them to make them work better, my mods are even posted on some of the sleep apnea forums. They finallly came out with a new mask that I really liked back in 2009 and I have been using it ever since. It can be a real challenge with finding a mask that will work for you, and everyone is so different, but keep trying, I am sure there is one out there that will work, even if you have to modify it or tweak it a little! Yeah Pete, I know how it is when you have other medical problems that need to be taken care of. But don't let it go to long, sleep apnea can be life threatening in a lot of different ways!
You know I had been seeing some specialist up in chicago for my hip and lower back, they said both were a real mess, I was advised to avoid surgery on my lower back for as long as I could, but it they told me I have major nerve impingement at L-4/5 I just got a epidural spinal injection down there two and a half weeks ago, and it helped for about two weeks but now it is back to giving me problems. They told me my right hip is part of the problem affecting my back and two surgeons now have told me I need to get a total hip replacement! But I am not ready to do that right yet! I just don't want anymore surgeries for a while!
SE and Pete and everyone else, I have added a new member to my family! about three or four weeks ago I got a puppy, her name is "Pumpkin" she is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, and she is a snuggler and my best buddy now! She was born the 2nd of June. SE I remember when you got your cat, do you still have her? Anyway I am not alone anymore, Pumpkin keeps me company!
SE did not mean to interfere with your thread, but just thought I would share my good news with you! I will try and get some pictures out sometime.
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!