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CPAP machines and weaker lungs

Postby Wannasleep » Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:13 pm

I've had mild asthma for years and had to use a puffer a couple times a day. I quit smoking 4 yrs. ago and was able to throw the puffers away except for the odd day I was working in dusty conditions. I started using the Resmed S8 back in mid Jan. of this year. (set at 8)

Now, if I wake up a little early and go to the bathroom, it seems like I have to put the mask back on when I return to bed so I can breathe easy.

I'm also back to where I'm using the puffer daily again. :cry:

Can these machines be aiding your lungs to the point where they are actually weakening them? Should a person be doing lung exercises? :shock:

Anyone else with similar experiences?


Thanx,

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YES!

Postby LaPopessa » Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:54 am

I have had the same problem. But I've never been a smoker and don't have asthma. So my doctors are baffled. They've given me an inhaler to use twice a day for 6 weeks to see if that helps, but so far it hasn't. My lung x-rays are fine and they can't figure out what is going on.
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Re: CPAP machines and weaker lungs

Postby Daniel » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:01 pm

Wannasleep wrote:I've had mild asthma for years and had to use a puffer a couple times a day. I quit smoking 4 yrs. ago and was able to throw the puffers away except for the odd day I was working in dusty conditions. I started using the Resmed S8 back in mid Jan. of this year. (set at 8)

Now, if I wake up a little early and go to the bathroom, it seems like I have to put the mask back on when I return to bed so I can breathe easy.

I'm also back to where I'm using the puffer daily again. :cry:

Can these machines be aiding your lungs to the point where they are actually weakening them? Should a person be doing lung exercises? :shock:

Anyone else with similar experiences?


Thanx,

Fred


Fred,

With asthma (or similar conditions), I am surprised that BiPAP hasn't been suggested to you.

Having to use your 'puffers' again indicates a return to asthma problems. Normally straight cpap can be too strong for patients with other respiratory conditions, hence BiPAP is usually used.

Talk to your sleep doctor or respiratory specialist.

Best of luck.

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Postby lynn321 » Sat Nov 03, 2007 6:32 pm

maybe do some pushups and remember to breathe deep and slow to exercise the lungs
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Postby CrohnieToo » Sat Nov 03, 2007 7:04 pm

LaPopessa, could it be silent reflux causing the lung problems? I do think that CPAP pressure can sneak past a previously weak LES and encourage reflux and reflux can cause lung problems. Just taking a guess.
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Postby Vicki » Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:18 pm

Hi and Welcome Wanna!

Talk to your sleep doc./pulmonologist. With your decreases lung function, you may need a BiPAP. But to answer your question, no a CPAP does not weaken your lungs. It does not mechanically breath for you like a ventilator. It simply holds your airway open so that you can actively breath and get effecient gas exchange. You still have to do the breathing.

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Re: YES!

Postby CrohnieToo » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:43 pm

LaPopessa wrote:I have had the same problem. But I've never been a smoker and don't have asthma. So my doctors are baffled. They've given me an inhaler to use twice a day for 6 weeks to see if that helps, but so far it hasn't. My lung x-rays are fine and they can't figure out what is going on.


Duh! LaPopessa, have your doctors thought to have you do a spirometry? Or a 6 minute walk on room air and oximeter??? Or maybe even a Pulmonary Function Test? If not, I'd turn the lightbulb on for them and insist on at least one of the three. The spirometry or six minute walk on room air would be cheaper and w/o the radiation exposure of an xray. Duh. The PFT test is easy but it is more expensive than an xray I think.
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Postby Okie » Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:08 pm

in addition to the bipap, my son who has asthma has to be careful with his humidity settings. He needs a little humidity, but if it is too high, it aggravates his asthma, just the same as not enough humidity does.
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Postby LaPopessa » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:04 am

Thanks all - docs have been testing a variety of things, including some of what's been mentioned here. I'm on steroid inhaler for 6 weeks to see if anything improves (almost done with that and no, it hasn't).
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