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Anyone here have sleep apnea? Are there ways to deal with it other than going to the doctor and getting the noisy little machine?

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      Maryann Rhodey wrote May 21, 2010
    • I’m not sure there is a way to avoid the doctor.  It is a serious condition where you actually stop breathing.  I have a friend who has the machine but never heard him talk about it being noisy.




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      Tuliplady wrote May 21, 2010
    • Hubby stops breathing many times a night.  Pretty sure I do too, but I really have no way of knowing.  He won’t go in to get checked out and I can’t afford to, so I was hoping maybe there were some other remedies.




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      Tamra wrote May 21, 2010
    • My mom has the sleep mask, and HATES it.  In fact, she is now refusing to use it.

      She had the sleep study done twice, and said it was a horrible experience.  Very uncomfortable, to say the least.

      She was sent to a sleep dr. after suffering a stroke.  Her GP thought that her sleep apnea caused arrhythmia in her heart, which led to the formation of a tiny clot which passed to the brain.

      So I understand why this is deemed so serious, but the treatment does not seem reasonable.  And I worry that the sleep apnea doctors are too eager to diagnose the condition out of greed.

      Wish I had something more uplifting to offer.  I understand your dilemma.




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      Mzd3 wrote May 21, 2010
    • My SIL has it and wears the mask thing, but doesn’t like to wear it. I have never heard of any other treatments. My Dad has it too but wont go to the Dr. either.




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      Trudy S wrote May 21, 2010
    • My dentist told me that there is a ‘night guard’ kind of aparatus that you can put in your mouth that repositions your jaw so your tongue can’t fall and cut off air.




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      Msj wrote May 21, 2010
    • I have an apnea but it is due to plmd periodic limb movement disorder; the central nervous system is low on dopamine neurotransmitters...it plays into my ptsd postraumatic stress and the apnea occurs immediately following nightmares.. no mask for me... I need to control the nightmares and dopamine.

      The reason I tell you all this info is so you will make sure you know for CERTAIN the cause of your apnea.

      Please do your own research and keep copies of all of your medical papers, I have found so many mistakes on the part of doctors - not because they are bad but due to other issues... I am a firm believer in  being responsible to know my own body...IN fact I have been told by a couple of doc’s they are impressed with my personal notes. On the flipside a few think I am a hypochondriac lol  - personally, I would rather be safe ...

      best of luck to youheart




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      Msj wrote May 21, 2010
    • ps  

      I do know there are two types of apnea, one is physical.  

      the other has to do with the brain chemicals.




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      007pouty wrote May 21, 2010
    • I have acute sleep apnea.  I’ve been on the machine for 3 years and have tried almost every mask/nasal pillows, etc. out there.  It’s VERY difficult for me to keep any of these on as I move all through the night.  

      I had the apnea test done back in the 90’s with a response of they could not evulate the test because I didn’t sleep. (DUH)

      I had it done again in 2005-6 by another doctor.  That’s when they found out how serious it really was.  It has caused a lot of health problems for me.  If at all possible get tested.  You can avoid high blood pressure, mental anxiety, forgetfulness(to a degree), etc. by using the machines available.  My machine is a bi-pap and it is not noisy most people say they can’t hear it, unless my mask or nasal pillows come off.




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