lantern4life wrote:I am a newly diagnosed OSA. I started CPAP about 6 weeks ago. Within the past 2 weeks, I have started having severe, persistent neck pain. I speculate this could be from positioning while I sleep with a bulky mask and possibly from incorrectly fitting headgear appliance. I have been to the home-health company person who has helped me with proper fit. It seems like I have had issues with fitting from the start, but the CPAP therapy is helping me. Has anyone else developed neck pain issues while using CPAP?
Lantern4Life: The name reminds me of Florence Nightingale
What mask and what head gear are you using. A nasal mask like the Resmed Activa is beautifully designed that it does not have to be worn tight. and this means the strap going round the neck will not put any pressure on the cervical spine. But if you are using any of the new bulkier full face masks like the quattro or the liberty etc they will leak unless you tie them tight.
Consider the head. It pivots on the cervical spine and held in place by the muscles. When the chin goes down to the chest it is called flexion and when we toss the head back it is called extension. Normally when we sleep the neck can be is flexion or extension. but then if we are sleeping in the wrong position for long, the pain signal automatically makes us roll over. Despite this safe mechanism it is not uncommon for people to suffer neck pain and associated head aches..
I have never had neck pain all my life yet in just the last three months since I started trialling the quattro I have severe neck pain and sometimes dull head aches too. My physio says that my neck muscles are extremely stiff. She warned me that if I did not find a solution in the long term it could lead to scoliosis ( deviation from normal curvature caused by strain) of the cervical spine.
There will be a tendency for sleep apnea sufferers to use a couple of pillows or more to feel comfortable. Yet a the night progresses and we are asleep the neck muscles will relax and head will go into flexion ( chin to chest). This could be the main problem. My physio has suggested using neck rolls ( towels rolled up ) to maintain a neutral position.
Neck and shoulder pain is common with people using the computer a lot. So your neck pain may not be linked to the sleep apnea mask and harness.
Only you have to figure this out through an elimination process.