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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Guest opinion

  In researching CPAP-related issues, I’ve learned as much from regular folks as the experts.
  There are a wealth of support groups, message boards and online communities, such as Sleep Guide, that enable apnea patients to compare notes and bounce ideas off each other.
  Careful though, the majority of websites in the CPAP world are trying to sell you something.
  I’m sharing a recent email from John Matyskiel, who has been kind enough to read my blog and has used CPAP for about three years. I’m sharing his thoughts verbatim because he highlights successes and frustrations others have surely experienced.
  He doesn’t sugarcoat and keeps his expectations for CPAP therapy in check. Yet, he embraces the treatment as life improving much like I have.
  Take it away, John.
  “I’m on my third mask. Each has been an improvement over the last.  There is no substitute for trying a type of mask, and for at least a month or two. You learn what you are sensitive to, and how you like or hate things like how the hose must be placed, etc.
  You might improve without getting to sleep nirvana. I remember being disappointed in my first months with CPAP. Wasn’t I going to leap out of bed in the morning? Wasn’t I going to say goodbye to fatigue? Nope. But I have eliminated the worst symptoms, my energy level is better, and I would never ever go back.
  One of the things that delayed my adoption of CPAP was the idea of having to be attached to a machine. I was in my 50s, relatively healthy, and I was going to be dependent on a machine?? I don’t know if other people have that reluctance.
  My biggest CPAP problem right now is something that is rarely addressed. I swallow some of that high-pressure air. It sounds stupid, but it’s bad enough to give me cramps and other symptoms that affect my sleep.”


Blogger said...

The Cpap Machines are used when a person has a respiratory failure. It requires intensive care for the hospitals to use this machine for their patients. Sleep apnea is the main disease which is cured through this machine. This disease affects both adults and children. Some of the symptoms of this disease are excessive sleeping during the day time, abnormal breathing while sleeping, snoring, pause in breathing while sleeping and many more. These symptoms may give birth to sleep apnea and cause many problems in the nervous and respiratory system of the patient.

May 18, 2012 at 2:44 AM 

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