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How long before you feel better using Cpap Machine

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How long before you feel better using Cpap Machine

Postby sephiro499 » Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:28 pm

So I've been using cpap for 3-4 weeks now (I can't remember exactly). My first sleep study was AHI 42. My ENT gave me the machine before the calibration study so I could get use to it. He also set the pressure at 6.

The first week was probably a total of 10 hours of sleep with it on. Now I can sleep with it on but still wake up 1-2 times that I am aware of during the night. During the second week I felt glimpses of feeling better, now it's really bad. I wake up with naseau and confusion. I can't go over friend's house, too tired I know it's not safe to drive. Things just feel surreal. I do the same thing after just doing it a few minutes before. Heck I'll visit the same website 3 minutes after visiting it. A few weeks ago I burned myself by accident I forget things while I'm doing them. A few days ago I ran into the door while walking up the stairs I forgot to look up.

I highly suspect this is from sleeping very poorly. Part of the reason the DR gave me the machine beforehand was because I only slept 5 hours during the study. The hope was once I became accustomed to the machine I would sleep more during the next study and thus provide more data. I've been waiting until that happens to get the next study. I'm no longer comfortable waiting because it could be months before that happens.

I'd like to know if these results are typical and also if anyone else has had a similar experience. My ENT set the expectation that I would feel better 'the next day'. He then also quipped during the end of my last apt that 'if you still don't feel better with the new mask you may need a bi-pap'.

Also has anyone tried Modafinil. I can not drive safely whatsoever. Heck I can't even follow a recipe. I 've just been eating drive thru and pizza. Some days are grueling. My hope was at least they could give me something just so I can take care of those bare minimum basic needs. (btw I don't work).
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1. takes awhile 2. tried modanifil

Postby NotAQuitter » Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:43 pm

It's definitely been taking me awhile to feel better. I've been up and down. (Click on my username to see previous posts and you'll see what I mean.)

I've been depressed because I thought I would feel better very quickly but apparently you don't until you finally get the right mask, right machine, and right pressure, which varies for everyone.

Modanifil did help me. I would not have been able to keep my job without it.

Hang in there. Keep fighting.
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cpap machine: resmed compact S8
pressure: 9
sleep study results: AHI 4.2 (nl=<5); REM AHI 9.4 (nl=<5); REM 15.7% (nl=25-35%)

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Postby America » Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:46 pm

Suggested googling....paying off your sleep debt, Sleep debt, sleep debt calculator. It is not all about getting the machine, the mask, etc to all line up. It is about getting enough normal sleep once you get the others together to make your mind and body feel better. You will know when you have paid your debt.
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