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John Photography

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

I just went for a sleep study and the main reason I went was because the ENT that I saw sent me because I mentioned that I snore.

I'm thinking "OK"

Turns out the results say I might be a little on the high side for sleep apnea, and the snoring is caused by my soft palette being too long and possibly extending down into the airway. Anyway The first thing they want me to do is use a CPAP machine which I  think while OK rules out exploration of other things.

Anyway this was the phone call from where I did the sleep study. I said I didn't want to do another study with the mask but explore some other options, namely surgery.

But haven't people snored since the dawn of mankind and only now people see a problem?

I mean if they cut the palette and it fixes everything then there's no need for a machine is there? So they don't make money? Anyway I don't know I'll see what my ENT says when I see them.

Dec 03 12 08:14 pm Link

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Kevin Connery

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El Segundo, California, US

If you try the machine, and it doesn't work, you can try cutting parts off. If you try cutting parts off, and it doesn't work, they're still cut off.

CPAP is quite effective for most users, and it's far less invasive than surgery.

Dec 03 12 09:14 pm Link

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Instinct Images

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San Diego, California, US

A scam? Are you kidding? My buddy has such severe sleep apnea that he stops breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time. Without his CPAP he is at risk for dying in his sleep.

Are you overweight? Some people with mild sleep apnea can relieve their symptoms simply by losing weight. My buddy even had some surgery on this throat but it didn't help. A relatively new procedure involved cauterizing something in the throat (maybe the soft palate?) to tighten it up and that relieves or eliminates symptoms in some people.

Anyway, no CPAP isn't a scam. Do you need it? That something you need to discuss with your doctor.

Dec 03 12 09:29 pm Link

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DVP Photography

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Broomfield, Colorado, US

CPAP therapy is a valid medical treatment, so far the best, for sleep apnea.

And your statement about snoring since the dawn of and just now becoming a problem made me chuckle.  How stupid.  People have died of sleep apnea (causing heart failure due to the stress repeated and brief awaking at night puts on the heart) since the dawn of mankind, but it is only the last 20 years or so that research uncovered sleep apnea and the link to heart failure.  That's called progress in science, yes?


Why would you find that so strange?

There is a strong correlation between sleep apnea and being overweight.  So if you are  overweight you can cure yourself be getting to normal weight.  Meantime, use CPAP to reduce stress on your heart.

If you have sleep apnea I suggest some fast and thorough research into the problem before it kills you.

Dec 03 12 09:38 pm Link

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Dea and the Beast

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Columbus, Ohio, US

My husband was overweight, had hypertension and onsets of diabetes and was swallowing a handful of pills for all of the above and then some.

I wanted to strangle him because of his snoring. Then I started to pay attention: he stopped breathing approximately 30 times an hour, for more than 10 seconds.
Off to the sleep lab. Apnea.
With the right diet, exercise and his CPAP we got him off the meds.

He dropped 40 lbs and he's still going.

He is happier, more alert and healthier because he gets a better night's sleep.

Talk to your ENT.

Dec 03 12 10:10 pm Link

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-JAY-

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Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I work with CPAP and BiPAPs all day every day. My patients call me at 3am in tears because their CPAPs have broken... they make that much of a difference to those patients.

Choosing the right mask and getting used to it is ideal. Give the sleep study with the mask a shot, and a month or so, see if it's worth it. Respironics True Blue is my most recommended mask. If you give it a try, use the mask before bed while watching TV... get accustomed to it.

For those they make an impact with... they make a BIG impact.

Dec 03 12 10:12 pm Link

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Good Egg Productions

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Orlando, Florida, US

Depending on how overweight you are and the details of your apnea, there are other options.

There is a product here that is said to be an alternative to a CPAP machine.  It's basically what looks like a boxer or football mouthpiece, but it's molded in such a way to bring your bottom jaw forward (I think) which keeps your airway open and can solve your snoring and more mild apnea problems.

I'm too lazy to find you a website, but just know that before you hook yourself up to a machine that restricts your movement and makes noise, you may want to look into other options.

Dec 03 12 10:15 pm Link

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Photos 4 The Memories

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Kewaskum, Wisconsin, US

I have it really bad. I stop breathing 95 times an hour. I have been using my machine for a little over 2 years now. I can not sleep with out it and I wouldn’t want to try. If I go to lay down and watch tv I put it on just in case I fall asleep. Do I think I sleep better with it. Hard to say since I have an usual sleeping patterns with my work schedule. The only bad thing is I notice is that I fart a lot!

Dec 03 12 10:24 pm Link

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Jen B

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Nashville, Tennessee, US

AdelaideJohn1967 wrote:
I just went for a sleep study and the main reason I went was because the ENT that I saw sent me because I mentioned that I snore.

I'm thinking "OK"

Turns out the results say I might be a little on the high side for sleep apnea, and the snoring is caused by my soft palette being too long and possibly extending down into the airway. Anyway The first thing they want me to do is use a CPAP machine which I  think while OK rules out exploration of other things.

Anyway this was the phone call from where I did the sleep study. I said I didn't want to do another study with the mask but explore some other options, namely surgery.

But haven't people snored since the dawn of mankind and only now people see a problem?

I mean if they cut the palette and it fixes everything then there's no need for a machine is there? So they don't make money? Anyway I don't know I'll see what my ENT says when I see them.

Hi,
It isn't necessarily just because of the snoring that the cpap is used, it is because of going periods of time throughout sleep with out sufficient oxygen and basically suffociating before waking up. For people who have this issue they are basically chronically having an experience of asphyxiation.

...snipped something...I'd say definately ask for a second opionion.
Jen

Dec 03 12 10:29 pm Link

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Lightcraft Studio

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Delray Beach, Florida, US

-JAY- wrote:
I work with CPAP and BiPAPs all day every day. My patients call me at 3am in tears because their CPAPs have broken... they make that much of a difference to those patients.

I've heard that sort of thing before, in fact a neighbor was just telling me the other day that he uses one and it's so important that he has a spare in case his breaks.

Do people who've been using them actually develop a physical need for them in time, or is it more of a psychological dependence?

Dec 03 12 10:43 pm Link

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Guss W

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Clearwater, Florida, US

Good Egg Productions wrote:
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There is a product here that is said to be an alternative to a CPAP machine.  It's basically what looks like a boxer or football mouthpiece, but it's molded in such a way to bring your bottom jaw forward (I think) which keeps your airway open and can solve your snoring and more mild apnea problems.

...

Like this:
http://www.glidewelldental.com/dentist/ … -nite.aspx

Find a dentist or orthodontist who has worked with them before.
It worked for me, but I found myself with too much tension in my jaw muscles after using it.

Dec 03 12 10:43 pm Link

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Guss W

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Clearwater, Florida, US

It's been a while since I looked into it, but surgery should probably be saved as a last resort.  If they carve out sagging flab, it is likely to grow back again.  Stiffening  implants were being experimented with, but I never followed up on the results.

I am looking forward to the day when they make custom-molded masks.  Has anyone heard of that yet?  Small-Medium-Large just doesn't do it for me.  At present, I am doing without CPAP and sleeping on my side, with a concave-curved foam pillow positioned under my chin line to keep my jaw and head from tipping downward towards my chest.  It's like stretching the breathing pathway open the way you would do with CPR.

Dec 03 12 10:56 pm Link

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Guss W

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Clearwater, Florida, US

Lightcraft Studio wrote:
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Do people who've been using them actually develop a physical need for them in time, or is it more of a psychological dependence?

It's a difference of waking up really awake and ready to go, vs. wanting to roll over and go back to sleep (because you have been deprived of deep sleep).

Dec 03 12 11:00 pm Link

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Guss W

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Clearwater, Florida, US

-JAY- wrote:
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For those they make an impact with... they make a BIG impact.

Particularly when you roll over and smack your spouse with it.
Who wants to sleep with Darth Vader?

Dec 03 12 11:03 pm Link

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Lightcraft Studio

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Delray Beach, Florida, US

Guss W wrote:
It's a difference of waking up really awake and ready to go, vs. wanting to roll over and go back to sleep (because you have been deprived of deep sleep).

Funny this thread came up today, since my home test kit arrived today... and I'll try to use it tonight to record my sleep. I'm doing this to see if sleep patterns have anything to do with my wonderful cluster headaches. Perhaps a CPAP machine might help with those.

Dec 03 12 11:22 pm Link

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Becks

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Rochester, New York, US

Lightcraft Studio wrote:

I've heard that sort of thing before, in fact a neighbor was just telling me the other day that he uses one and it's so important that he has a spare in case his breaks.

Do people who've been using them actually develop a physical need for them in time, or is it more of a psychological dependence?

I'd say that the "physical need" is there to begin with, otherwise-- what the hell is the point?? "Oh, you don't need to breathe! It's psychological!"

Stupid question, sorry.

Dec 03 12 11:22 pm Link

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Lightcraft Studio

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Delray Beach, Florida, US

Becks wrote:
I'd say that the "physical need" is there to begin with, otherwise-- what the hell is the point?? "Oh, you don't need to breathe! It's psychological!"

Stupid question, sorry.

No... I mean for someone who lived without it for years and years, and then starts on one and uses it for a time. I assume they could still breathe just as before if they stopped using the machine... or can they? Does a mechanical assist in breathing in your sleep make your body change in any way... in a way that would make you dependent on it?

Perhaps it is a stupid question... but I'm stupid enough to not know the answer. Perhaps you can share the answer to that question?

If there's no physical change to the body caused by the machine, then I would have to conclude that people's apparent dependence is more of a psychological nature... they feel better with it, or they have a hard time sleeping without it...sort of a comfort thing develops.

Dec 03 12 11:27 pm Link

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Fergy

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Fenton, Michigan, US

My mom stopped breathing almost 400 times in one night.  She has a CPAP and sleeps so much better with it.  They found sleep apnea may be the cause of her migraines. 

My husband snores really bad, the ENT mentioned he had the issue with his palate also.  But that the surgery would be last resort.  It only has a 50% success rate, and is extremely painful.  Most people after they have the surgery still have to use the CPAP.

Some insurances won't cover it until you try the other (cheaper) ways to control your sleep apnea.

Dec 04 12 05:41 am Link

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SME

Posts: 21536

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

Lightcraft Studio wrote:

No... I mean for someone who lived without it for years and years, and then starts on one and uses it for a time. I assume they could still breathe just as before if they stopped using the machine... or can they? Does a mechanical assist in breathing in your sleep make your body change in any way... in a way that would make you dependent on it?

Perhaps it is a stupid question... but I'm stupid enough to not know the answer. Perhaps you can share the answer to that question?

If there's no physical change to the body caused by the machine, then I would have to conclude that people's apparent dependence is more of a psychological nature... they feel better with it, or they have a hard time sleeping without it...sort of a comfort thing develops.

The machine doesn't cause any physiological change that I've ever heard of.  It simply keeps one breathing steadily all night, so your brain gets enough oxygen and you can function better during the day.  Many people are at risk of dying in their sleep without a CPAP, because one of the weird things about sleep apnea (for some people at least) is that when the body stops breathing, it doesn't wake you up, so you can suffocate in your sleep without knowing it. 

Before people get their CPAPs, they often don't realize just how bad they feel, all the time.  Chronic headaches are common, fuzzy/slow thinking, constant exhaustion, etc.  The side effects can be debilitating.

Dec 04 12 05:52 am Link

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Lohkee

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Maricopa, Arizona, US

Kevin Connery wrote:
If you try the machine, and it doesn't work, you can try cutting parts off. If you try cutting parts off, and it doesn't work, they're still cut off.

CPAP is quite effective for most users, and it's far less invasive than surgery.

OP - I strongly urge you to consider this advice very carefully. I had the surgery. Biggest mistake of my life. Not only did I have to pay out of pocket (8K), it did not stop my snoring.

It did, however, come with a "bonus" gift. Stuff now goes down the wrong hole quite often and I do what people do when that happens -  I start rapidly coughing. Air is going out, none is coming in, so the predictable happens - I pass out. I have learned to get my ass on the ground when this happens to avoid injury from falling down when the lights go out. Great for scaring the crap out of people, for enjoying life, ummmm, not so much.

Use the machine if the doc orders it.

If you are overweight - loose the extra pounds (this will actually help a lot).

Consider surgery as a very **last** resort.

Dec 04 12 07:49 am Link

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Carlos Occidental

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Glendora, California, US

Don't get surgery!  At least TRY a CPAP. They're incredibly successful! 

Dad had sleep apnea.  He snored terribly.  The minute he got a CPAP, he stopped snoring, and slept much better.  My Mom now has one, as well as my aunt, and they say they can't sleep without it.  The not snoring part is an added benefit.  The need is from apnea.

I'd go on vacations with my Dad, and I'd hear at night he wouldn't breathe for a full 30 seconds at a time.

Dec 04 12 12:33 pm Link

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Carlos Occidental

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Glendora, California, US

Lightcraft Studio wrote:
If there's no physical change to the body caused by the machine, then I would have to conclude that people's apparent dependence is more of a psychological nature... they feel better with it, or they have a hard time sleeping without it...sort of a comfort thing develops.

I don't think you understand sleep apnea.  The physical need to have one happens BEFORE you get the CPAP.  You already can't breathe.  CPAP helps you breathe.  There's absolutely nothing psychological about it.  CPAPs are not a placebo!

You don't start Chemo unless you already have cancer.

Dec 04 12 12:35 pm Link

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Lightcraft Studio

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Delray Beach, Florida, US

Carlos Occidental wrote:
I don't think you understand sleep apnea.  The physical need to have one happens BEFORE you get the CPAP.  You already can't breathe.  CPAP helps you breathe.  There's absolutely nothing psychological about it.  CPAPs are not a placebo!

You don't start Chemo unless you already have cancer.

I understand that... however, I know one person who uses a CPAP machine to ward off cluster headaches (which is the reason I'm interested). He stumbled on that as a possible solution pretty much by accident... he never thought he had any sort of sleep problems, but took the test and was told that he did in fact have sleep apnea. He believes that using the machine helps ward off the cluster headaches, and also makes him feel more rested.

Now, he keeps a spare machine on hand (expensive) in case his main machine breaks... even though he could probably replace a broken machine pretty quickly, he seems to need it now enough where it justifies keeping a spare on hand.

I do understand the need for a machine in cases of serious apnea... but on the other hand, no one who currently uses the machine actually did die before using the machine... so I would think that the risk of going a night or two without isn't too huge a risk. Despite that logic, people seem to be very fearful of going without for even one night.

Since the human body does in fact change in response to using aids (think of someone who has been a wheelchair for several months after an accident... their legs atrophy and need rehab to get back to normal strength). The CPAP machine assists in breathing using mechanical means, so it's not too unreasonable to ask if that assistance causes any physical changes to the body over time. Perhaps I'm just not asking the right people.

Dec 04 12 01:17 pm Link

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C h a r l e s D

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Los Angeles, California, US

I see what you're saying now.   And, you are correct!  People who use CPAPs are happier because they can sleep better.  It is a side effect of being able to actually sleep!

So, in that case, you are indeed correct! 

But, if you sleep like shit without it, why would you want to go without it?  It really sucks to get a shitty night's sleep.

If you've been out in the sun too long, didn't drink or eat enough, and exercise to the point of having a little headache, taking two ibuprofen will kill the headache in an hour, as drinking water and eating won't kill the headache fast enough.  So, saying that taking ibuprofen for a headache does have psychological side effects.  Happiness.

Dec 04 12 01:21 pm Link

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-Jen-

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Howell, Michigan, US

My mom stopped breathing 372 times during her sleep study.

Why do you want surgery?  Why not try the machine?

Dec 04 12 01:30 pm Link

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Lightcraft Studio

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Delray Beach, Florida, US

C h a r l e s  D wrote:
But, if you sleep like shit without it, why would you want to go without it?  It really sucks to get a shitty night's sleep.

Of course if it does provide better sleep one would want to continue to use it. Some folks start using it for no reason other than to stop snoring (and mainly to appease someone sharing their bed, and not themselves).

But... I often hear of people saying that once they start using it, they wouldn't go for even one night without... almost as if they feel that snoring one more night would be a huge tragedy.

If I start using one in the hope that it stops my cluster headaches (which generally strike for 6 weeks stretches, once per year or two)... I may have to wait a year or two to see if it really works. I want to find out if I'm going to somehow get "hooked" on the machine after using it for a year or so... even if it doesn't make me feel more rested or anything like that.

Dec 04 12 01:36 pm Link

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BlueMoonPics

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New York, New York, US

I would not recommend surgery either.

I've looked into this a lot.

Please research online for things that can help with your snoring or apnea.

Some things I remember off the top of my head...

*Don't drink alcohol before going to bed.
Alcohol relaxes your muscles too much and your throat too.
Relaxed muscles is what causes the throat to collapse during sleep.

*Lose the weight.
Get into the normal range if possible.

*Sleep on your side, not on your back.
Before you dose off, get on your side.  Your deepest sleep, and therefore most relaxed muscles, happen in the first hour or so of sleep.  The soft palate won't collapse to the back of your throat, just hang to the side.

I would suggest trying the CPAP.  I understand that it really works in cases of apnea.

This is all I can think of right now.
My 2 cents.

Dec 04 12 01:39 pm Link

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Looknsee Photography

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Portland, Oregon, US

My best buddy uses the machine -- it took some getting used to, but he swears by it.

I know a fellow photographer who had the surgery.  He swears by that, too.

I don't know, but many doctors are reluctant to do surgery when there is a less invasive solution.

So, either way seems to work, but one (surgery) has some more risk than others.  Talk to you doctor, not an EMT (who shouldn't be giving you medical advice in the first place).  Other factors may indicate one solution is better than you than others.

But to answer the question asked in this thread's title:  No, CPAP is not a scam.

Dec 04 12 02:53 pm Link

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Fergy

Posts: 22419

Fenton, Michigan, US

Lohkee wrote:

OP - I strongly urge you to consider this advice very carefully. I had the surgery. Biggest mistake of my life. Not only did I have to pay out of pocket (8K), it did not stop my snoring.

It did, however, come with a "bonus" gift. Stuff now goes down the wrong hole quite often and I do what people do when that happens -  I start rapidly coughing. Air is going out, none is coming in, so the predictable happens - I pass out. I have learned to get my ass on the ground when this happens to avoid injury from falling down when the lights go out. Great for scaring the crap out of people, for enjoying life, ummmm, not so much.

Use the machine if the doc orders it.

If you are overweight - loose the extra pounds (this will actually help a lot).

Consider surgery as a very **last** resort.

Good lord!  I already choke like that when I get something down the wrong pipe.  Its so irritating!  I usually run into another area so I don't scare the shit out of people.  Especially at work.  At home my kids freak out, I've turned blue so many times from doing that.  Ugh, I feel for you!!

Dec 04 12 03:02 pm Link

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Pinup Fantasies

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HIXSON, Tennessee, US

Don't confuse snoring and sleep apnea. While they often coexist, it is possible to snore and not have sleep apnea, and it is possible to have sleep apnea and not snore. Some of the surgeries may fix the snoring, but not correct all of the airway obstruction. The recovery from surgery is quite painful from what I've been told. Why not start with the cheapest, and least invasive therapy first. And that would also include weight loss (Yes, easier said than done).

As far as becoming "addicted", a well adjusted CPAP may be the difference between breathing or not breathing, and healthy restorative sleep and poor quality sleep. Being addicted to breathing and sleeping well sounds pretty natural to me.

Dec 04 12 03:08 pm Link

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Lohkee

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Maricopa, Arizona, US

Fergy wrote:
Good lord!  I already choke like that when I get something down the wrong pipe.  Its so irritating!  I usually run into another area so I don't scare the shit out of people.  Especially at work.  At home my kids freak out, I've turned blue so many times from doing that.  Ugh, I feel for you!!

Consider yourself very lucky that you can get to somewhere private. I have about 5 secs to get down on the floor before the lights go out so as not to hurt myself. It really SUCKS! I don't go out much anymore.

Dec 04 12 03:12 pm Link

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Lightcraft Studio

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Delray Beach, Florida, US

Pinup Fantasies wrote:
As far as becoming "addicted", a well adjusted CPAP may be the difference between breathing or not breathing, and healthy restorative sleep and poor quality sleep. Being addicted to breathing and sleeping well sounds pretty natural to me.

I had dinner with another friend of mine last weekend, and we were talking about this. He said he did the sleep study and was told that he had severe apnea. I asked if he uses the machine now... he said he doesn't. I asked why, and he said that he's used to being tired all the time and just manages to adjust. He's already retired, so I guess at this point in his life he doesn't care too much.

Dec 04 12 03:30 pm Link

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Lightcraft Studio

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Delray Beach, Florida, US

Lohkee wrote:
Consider yourself very lucky that you can get to somewhere private. I have about 5 secs to get down on the floor before the lights go out so as not to hurt myself. It really SUCKS! I don't go out much anymore.

I have that happen about twice a year. I swallow the wrong way (no food or drink involved... just saliva seeming to clog up the windpipe or something). It's very http://assets.modelmayhem.com/images/smilies/scary.png... especially for witnesses. It happened a few weeks ago when I was waiting to get blood drawn.... had about four lab techs rush over to me, one tried to do the Heimlich maneuver... I couldn't talk to explain that there wasn't food stuck or anything. Pretty embarrassing actually.

Dec 04 12 03:33 pm Link

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rp_photo

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Houston, Texas, US

Kevin Connery wrote:
CPAP is quite effective for most users, and it's far less invasive than surgery.

I've had one since early 2011, and quit and go back like a bad relationship.

IMHO, the "fuss" and benefits are in a fine balance.

Dec 04 12 05:27 pm Link

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GK photo

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Laguna Beach, California, US

it is certainly no scam. i got a machine a few years ago after suffering with ridiculously bad obstructive sleep apnea my whole life.

it took me exactly five minutes to get used to it, but i do know others that have never been able to get comfortable with it.

i'd love nothing more than to not have to use a machine to sleep, but at present it is the most effective form of treatment for me.

obviously, ymmv...but it's no scam.

Dec 04 12 05:36 pm Link

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Lisa Andresen

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Abingdon, Illinois, US

My father in-law and my pastor both have sleep apnea and use cpap machines. They have helped them so much. The simple fact that before using it little to no oxygen was getting to their brains and now it is makes a huge difference. If they don't sleep with the cpap now they will get horrible headaches.They really do help them sleep better now before Adam my pastor said he could sleep all night and wake up feeling like he hadn't slept at all. Now with his machine he feels fully rested like he should.

I actually want my husband to get the test done I think he may need one also.

Dec 04 12 05:38 pm Link

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John Photography

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Good Egg Productions wrote:
Depending on how overweight you are and the details of your apnea, there are other options.

There is a product here that is said to be an alternative to a CPAP machine.  It's basically what looks like a boxer or football mouthpiece, but it's molded in such a way to bring your bottom jaw forward (I think) which keeps your airway open and can solve your snoring and more mild apnea problems.

Yeah I know about those. No I'm not overweight. I've held my weight fairly consistently. Hasn't gone up or down for years.

The only reason I thought it was kind of a scam is that I told the ENT specialist when I first saw them that I snored a bit. First words out of his gob was "sleep apnea" And then about the masks. I would like to explore other options before comitting to a machine that I may or may not use all the time. I know people who have the machine but have only used it like a couple of times then it went into the cupboard where it stays..

The other thing is my oxygen intake was 97% so I find this strange.......

Dec 04 12 05:40 pm Link

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John Photography

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Looknsee Photography wrote:
So, either way seems to work, but one (surgery) has some more risk than others.  Talk to you doctor, not an EMT (who shouldn't be giving you medical advice in the first place).

Not an EMT but ENT Ear Nose & Throat specialist.........

Dec 04 12 05:48 pm Link

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John Photography

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Sita Mae wrote:

The machine doesn't cause any physiological change that I've ever heard of.  It simply keeps one breathing steadily all night, so your brain gets enough oxygen and you can function better during the day.  Many people are at risk of dying in their sleep without a CPAP, because one of the weird things about sleep apnea (for some people at least) is that when the body stops breathing, it doesn't wake you up, so you can suffocate in your sleep without knowing it.

But the strange thing is that my oxygen intake for that night was between 97 and 98 %....... They had the tubes up my nose to test oxygen intake.....So I can't explain that.

Dec 04 12 06:00 pm Link

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Peach Jones

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Champaign, Illinois, US

AdelaideJohn1967 wrote:
I just went for a sleep study and the main reason I went was because the ENT that I saw sent me because I mentioned that I snore.

I'm thinking "OK"

Turns out the results say I might be a little on the high side for sleep apnea, and the snoring is caused by my soft palette being too long and possibly extending down into the airway. Anyway The first thing they want me to do is use a CPAP machine which I  think while OK rules out exploration of other things.

Anyway this was the phone call from where I did the sleep study. I said I didn't want to do another study with the mask but explore some other options, namely surgery.

But haven't people snored since the dawn of mankind and only now people see a problem?

I mean if they cut the palette and it fixes everything then there's no need for a machine is there? So they don't make money? Anyway I don't know I'll see what my ENT says when I see them.

First, in almost all cases, if there is a reasonable alternative to surgery then you should choose the alternative.

Second, CPAP machines are not just for snoring. That is a symptom of a person who does not ever get into a deep sleep, which causes the body to effeciently rest and "reboot".

Sleep apnea is serious and can be fatal. See here about Reggie White:

On the morning of December 26, 2004, White was rushed from his home in Cornelius, North Carolina, to a nearby hospital in Huntersville, North Carolina, where he was pronounced dead. White had suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia. The most likely cause of this, according to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office, was the cardiac and pulmonary sarcoidosis with which he had lived for years.[8] It was also stated that sleep apnea, which White was known to suffer from[9] may have contributed to his death.[10] His grave site is situated at Glenwood Memorial Park, Mooresville, North Carolina.

My wife, who suffered from sleep apnea (I would sometimes time her periods of apnea through the night and it would often reach 30 seconds.....which I would actually shake her to get her to breath again) used a CPAP machine and it made a world of difference. We discovered that her depression was mainly due to her being tired all the time because she could never get into that deep sleep. The CPAP machine not only stopped her snoring (which helped me get more sleep), but she would wake up refreshed for the first time in years. So in essence, CPAP gave me my wife back.

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