Re: Any CPAP Users Out There?
I have been on CPAP for nearly 10 years. I gained a bunch of weight quickly, which seems to have brought it on for me. Not having lost said weight, I use it every night. My diagnosis came after several months of symptoms that I had no idea were due to something called sleep apnea. My wife would hear me stop breathing and gasping throughout the night, frequent bathroom trips through the night, dozing at work, dozing while driving, depression eventually set in, and I was on my way to the sleep clinic.
I needed a very high pressure, now I am dependent. I use a full face mask because I'm a mouth breather at night. I don't know about the nose pillows except that I can't use them according to my resp. therapist. I panic if something happens to my mask because I know that I cannot sleep at night without it and will wake up the next day feeling like I didn't sleep at all and very exhausted.
Work with your resp. therapist to get the right pressure, sometimes they scale it back so you can used to it, but you get used to it pretty quick. But do use it, all night, every night, even if its awkward.