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Getting over bronchitis... use CPAP??

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Getting over bronchitis... use CPAP??

Postby 2girlsmom » Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:59 pm

I haven't been able to use my CPAP since last Friday. Between the sinus infection pain and the bronchitis all I do is hack a lot and my nose runs... off comes mask, get drink of water, blow nose and then the mask goes back on and cycle continues. I've been sleeping upright in the recliner which hopefully helps my apneas some but I know I need to be wearing the CPAP... anyway... should I keep trying it nightly or just wait until I am completely better? Could I give myself pneumonia by using it while I'm already sick? Pardon me if this is a dumb question LOL
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Postby merywidow » Thu Dec 13, 2007 7:26 pm

It sounds like you are doing the best you can. I don't believe you will get pneumonia. You might want to really wash everything very well each night. Use it as much as you can tollerate. Don't forget to use a nasal rinse several times a day to clear everything out. Many cpapers also have a full face mask for those times that you are sick. Maybe you can explain your problem to your supplier and get one quickly.
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Postby Frances » Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:21 pm

Mom, if you have bronchitis, I assume you are coughing a lot and I don't see how you can cough and wear a mask at the same time. Sitting up should help the coughing as well as the apneas. Are you taking anything for the cough?

If it were me, I would leave off the mask until I stopped coughing, or at least until I could control the coughing with some kind of cough medicine.

Actually, if it were me, I would try to find something more comfortable than sleeping in a chair. It did happen to me a couple of years ago and I piled up the pillows so that I was nearly upright and put a down (or feather) pillow behind my head with the edges tucked over my shoulders to hold my head from falling sideways.

Bronchitis is miserable and my doctor told me that the coughs are slow to clear up. Do the best you can and eventually it will all go away. In the meantime, lots of commiseration, which is no help at all!
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Postby 2girlsmom » Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:26 am

I bought some generic Mucinex Cough Relief stuff and I am not coughing nearly as much this evening so I am going to try the mask and see how it goes. I think I am over the worst of it and hope I am right. Thanks very much everyone.
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Postby LakeGirl » Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:47 am

Hi Mom,

I too was just diagnosed with mild sleep apnea. I used the machine for 3 nights and then got an awful cold, sinus infection, cough and finally ended up with bronchitis. That was almost two months ago. I have just started using the CPAP again. After two or three nights of wearing it, my esophagas feels raw from the inflow of air, I guess. I am also waking up every hour or so with a very dry mouth.

Have you experienced any of these problems? And how are you doing now.

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Postby Mrs Rip Van Winkle » Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:19 am

LakeGirl...the dry mouth is usally caused by mouth breathing...also make sure you have the humidifier filled to the proper level and crank it up as high as you can get it ewithour having a rainout. The dry air this timeof year plus with most having the heat on...the humidifier is a must. The nasal saline throughout the day is needed too.
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Postby DannyPh » Wed May 13, 2009 4:49 pm

I have been on cpap for three years and just recently I developed Bronchitis. I use the Swift II nasal Pillows and have been having difficu;ty using the cpap due to congestion and chest pain from the Bronchitis. I have resorted to using my Breahing treatments agaiin and doing Nasal Irrigation Daily which seems to be helping. Bronchitis is something you just have to tough out till it clears up.
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