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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 1/28/2011 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   

(good for men’s prostate health)

I’m now the proud owner of a CPAP machine.
http://www.cpapsupplyusa.com/DV51D-HHX-Devilbiss-IntelliPAP-Standard-CPAP-Humidifier-and-software.aspx

I've snored louder then a freight train for as long as I can remember. Never have felt I’ve gotten a really really good nights sleep. So I went through a sleep center and ended up with the CPAP machine.

My sleep apnea numbers were real good. Meaning I didn’t stop breathing too often or for too long.. So my oxygen levels were @ 90% .

The jury is still out while I get used to sleeping with the head gear and “pillow pads” crammed in my nose. But so far I’d say its working.

One BIG downside.. Before – I was lucky to sleep 7 hours and woke up around 4am. I like being a morning person.. But now that I’m sleeping better – six hours worth of sleep might be the norm. The DOC says this is fine and that sleeping 8 hours is a myth. This is especially true since I’m not a spring chicken anymore… aka getting older.

It cracked me up just now when I found the link above. Can get the machine directly for $529.00 yet the sleep center is billing my insurance company $1,900.00 . My out of pocket was $40.00 . Out of pocket for the overnight sleep study was also a $40.00 office visit co-pay.

Anyone else using one of these gadgets?


clocknut
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   Posted 1/28/2011 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Steve,

I've been using a CPAP machine for about 8 years.  I think I would be dead by now without it.  My sleep apnea is rather severe.

The first several weeks can be tough.  The nose often becomes extremely raw and sore from the mask rubbing on the bridge of the nose.  Mine certainly did, but I solved that by changing masks twice until I found one that worked for me (it's what they call a nasal pillow mask, and its only contact with the face is where the silicone "pillows" rest against the nostrils).  Other guys buy some moleskin and use it for extra padding there.

Untreated apnea is a serious business and can lead to hypertension, coronary problems,  and even diabetes.  I've sometimes wondered if the changes in body chemistry that apnea produces might even have contributed to the development of my PCa.

In any case, I've learned to love my CPAP machine and sleep better now than ever in my life, and I hope it works out that way for you.  There's a sleep apnea forum at Sleepnet.com, though it's not very active.  It has an extensive searchable archive, though, where the answers to many questions can be found.  Feel free to email me if there's anything I can help  you with. 

My wife also loves the CPAP machine, because she now is able to sleep without the sound of a snoring husband rattling the room. 


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 1/28/2011 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm already on my second mask/head set. I'd yank the first one off after a few hours of sleep cause the nose bridge hurt so much.  New one seems better.
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