Severe side effects from CPAP

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Postby Guest » Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:20 pm

I have been on a CPAP machine for 4 weeks and I have been getting blurry vision. My eye doctor can not explain it. I aslo notice bags under my eyes and it looks like my eyes are sunk into my eye sockets in the morning. I think there is a connection with CPAP and eye problems. Ron
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EXTREME BACK PAIN

Postby ROBIN » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:17 pm

I started using the CPAP 4 days ago. I have started out at a 6 . I am not nearly as sleepy during the day, however since the first day of using it I wake up with extreme back pain. Its about mid section of my back. I actually have to slowly roll out of bed because it is so soar. It starts to get better by mid morning. Has anyone else had back pains possibly due to the machine ? I still have headaches abit and my head feels swelled I would say, but I am hoping those symptoms will start to fade as I continue using it.
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Back Pain

Postby Fred H » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:19 pm

You could be getting this back pain because the machine is allowing you to get a "better" night sleep. You probably are not tossing and turning as much and it would be typical to feel pain and stiffness. Just my opinion, I'm not a Dr.
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Re: Severe side effects from CPAP

Postby Guest » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:05 pm

lisa40 wrote:My husband used his CPAP machine for the first time this week, with pressure set at 16. When he woke up in the morning, he started vomiting violently, had a severe headache and severe vertigo. He was in such distress that I called an ambulance. The hospital did a CAT scan and spinal tap to rule out a ruptured aniurism in his brain. The tests were normal. I asked the doctor if the pressure from the CPAP could have caused an inner ear imbalance that caused the vertigo, vomiting, etc. He said he had never heard of that happening, but said 16 was a pretty high pressure. He suggested that maybe my husband should have been told to "work up to" 16. When I asked the Sleep Center, they also were suprised and skeptical that this was the problem. However, they said to stop for a couple days and then start at 6 and work his way up.
I really think the CPAP caused this to happen. He only used it one night and has not used it since. He has had no other problems since that first (and only) night.
Anyone out there know of any similar experiences?
Thanks for your help!

hi I just stopped using my cpap machine after 2 weeks of hell, It took me that long to figure out it was from my cpap machine..Best I can discribe the felling, as carsick or motion sicknes, I still am fighting to make my brain function normal..
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Re: complications with my cpap

Postby Guest » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:25 pm

tyaguillard wrote:Hi. I have been using my cpap for almost a year, and i have started to in the last month have headaches in the back of my head above the neck. they happen upon awakening at 4 am. (I ususally get up at 4 to pee lol) and then again when I wake up at 6. The headache is a dull dizziness and always in the back of the head. Sometimes my ears feel a little weird. A couple of time I held my nose and blew hard and it heled a little. Still when I lay back and fall asleep I wawke with that back of the head headache. I am aerage I think in settting at and 11 with the remstar. I have changed masks, I clean my machine about 1-3 times a week,,, any ideas are really welcome at this point. Sometimes, the headache goes away in an hour, but sometimes I feel really dull throughout the day. Dizzy and tired.

Thanks.


Hello It only took me 2 weeks to feel this way, 3 days after I stopped using my cpap maching, I am still fighting to make my brain function normal and my boby, I would like to find a Lawyer...
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Gas from swallowing air

Postby AT » Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:21 pm

I, too, have experienced gas in the tummy from swallowing too much air due to my CPAP.
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Postby Mrs Rip Van Winkle » Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:14 pm

I posted earlier in this thread...it is a very old thread...anyway...my problems with the stomach, ears, eyes etc seem to be going away...I have been switched from a CPAP to a BiPAP. NO WAY would I just give up on it...has nothing to do with tiredness...untreated SA can kill you and I want to live. If I have to put up with a few problems...a heck of a lot better than having a stroke and have to put up with drool down my chin and someone having to wipe my backside.
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Re: complications with my cpap

Postby BarryKaraoke » Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:51 pm

Anonymous wrote:I would like to find a Lawyer...

Look in the yellow pages...under "Lawyers". ;-)
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Postby Golfcongo » Thu May 29, 2008 9:09 am

[size=18]I went on the cpap three weeks ago. for the first few days everything seemed fine, then I started to have severe gas problems which caused me great pain. then to ad insult to injury I started to have severe shortness of breath.
I did not relate these problems to the cpap.
So I went to see my doctor, he sent me for a pulmonary test which indicated i was having lung breathing problems. Now I might mention I had had a chest ex ray four weeks previous and everything was fine. my doctor called me last night and said he was putting me on inhalers and had set me up to see lung specialist. I told him the red flags where flying that all these problems started when I brought this contaminated monster into my house. I'm still realing from the effects and certainly not looking forward to taking expensive inhalers. another effect it had on me was my eyes got sore and the sockets below became all puffed up. the machine was set at 11 and they now have it set at 9 I asked the machine technician if what happened to me was a common trait? He replied it was unfortunately a side effect of the machine.
I'm sueing!
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Postby BarryKaraoke » Thu May 29, 2008 10:52 am

Golfcongo wrote:I went on the cpap three weeks ago. for the first few days everything seemed fine, then I started to have severe gas problems which caused me great pain. then to ad insult to injury I started to have severe shortness of breath.
I did not relate these problems to the cpap.
So I went to see my doctor, he sent me for a pulmonary test which indicated i was having lung breathing problems. Now I might mention I had had a chest ex ray four weeks previous and everything was fine. my doctor called me last night and said he was putting me on inhalers and had set me up to see lung specialist. I told him the red flags where flying that all these problems started when I brought this contaminated monster into my house. I'm still realing from the effects and certainly not looking forward to taking expensive inhalers. another effect it had on me was my eyes got sore and the sockets below became all puffed up. the machine was set at 11 and they now have it set at 9 I asked the machine technician if what happened to me was a common trait? He replied it was unfortunately a side effect of the machine.
I'm sueing!



Suing who and for what? How did your machine become a "contaminated monster"? Was it not a new machine? Obviously you are having "lung breathing problems"...but what was the Doctors actual diagnosis? If your Doctor didn't think CPAP was the cause (he didn't tell you to stop I assume, and instead prescribed inhalers), what makes you believe it is the cause? It is possible to have simultaneous health issues.

The gas problems are a common issue known as aerophagia...basically swallowing air. More common at higher pressure and usually goes away after some time as you get used to breathing with CPAP. Some people use Gas-X...other just fart a lot. :lol:
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cpap side effects

Postby Golfcongo » Thu May 29, 2008 12:22 pm

I went on the cpap three weeks ago. for the first few days everything seemed fine, then I started to have severe gas problems which caused me great pain. then to ad insult to injury I started to have severe shortness of breath.
I did not relate these problems to the cpap at that time.
So I went to see my doctor, he sent me for a pulmonary test which indicated i was having lung breathing problems. Now I might mention I had had a chest ex ray four weeks previous and everything was fine. my doctor called me last night and said he was putting me on inhalers and had set me up to see lung specialist. I told him the red flags where flying that all these problems started when I brought this contaminated monster into my house. I'm still realing from the effects and certainly not looking forward to taking expensive inhalers. another effect it had on me was my eyes got sore and the sockets below became all puffed up. the machine was set at 11 and they now have it set at 9 I asked the machine technician if what happened to me was a common trait? He replied it was unfortunately a side effect of apnea machines.
What disturbs me is going for days thinking there was something very serious going on in my body and feeling so rotten. No one even gave me a hint to expect side effects. So I warn all you unfortunates out there, when using these machines do your due diligence.
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Postby sleepIsHell » Thu May 29, 2008 1:34 pm

I dont' have shortness of breath, and I hope I don't develop Lung problems. Your post is a little unnerving.

I have noticed the following side-effects from CPAP:

1. Vertigo / Dizziness
2. Dry Eyes
3. My Right ear got blocked once
4. Teeth pain


I didn't have these problems before CPAP so I believe they are caused by CPAP use. Today, I have blurry vision. I have to squint my eyes to clear it but there's this blurry vision that doesn't go away. I hope it's just my eyes that are tired, and will recover soon.
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Re: cpap side effects

Postby BarryKaraoke » Thu May 29, 2008 3:27 pm

Golfcongo wrote:I went on the cpap three weeks ago. for the first few days everything seemed fine, then I started to have severe gas problems which caused me great pain. then to ad insult to injury I started to have severe shortness of breath.
I did not relate these problems to the cpap at that time.
So I went to see my doctor, he sent me for a pulmonary test which indicated i was having lung breathing problems. Now I might mention I had had a chest ex ray four weeks previous and everything was fine. my doctor called me last night and said he was putting me on inhalers and had set me up to see lung specialist. I told him the red flags where flying that all these problems started when I brought this contaminated monster into my house. I'm still realing from the effects and certainly not looking forward to taking expensive inhalers. another effect it had on me was my eyes got sore and the sockets below became all puffed up. the machine was set at 11 and they now have it set at 9 I asked the machine technician if what happened to me was a common trait? He replied it was unfortunately a side effect of apnea machines.
What disturbs me is going for days thinking there was something very serious going on in my body and feeling so rotten. No one even gave me a hint to expect side effects. So I warn all you unfortunates out there, when using these machines do your due diligence.


Again....

Suing who and for what? How did your machine become a "contaminated monster"? Was it not a new machine? Obviously you are having "lung breathing problems"...but what was the Doctors actual diagnosis? If your Doctor didn't think CPAP was the cause (he didn't tell you to stop I assume, and instead prescribed inhalers), what makes YOU believe that CPAP is the cause? It is possible to have simultaneous health issues. Did your DOCTOR say in no uncertain terms "CPAP is causing your lung problems?". I will bet he did not.

The gas problems are a common issue known as aerophagia...basically swallowing air. More common at higher pressure and usually goes away after some time as you get used to breathing with CPAP. Some people use Gas-X...other just fart a lot. Laughing
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Night Time Sickness

Postby The Wolf » Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:56 pm

I have OSA and have been on a CPAP [setting 10] for over 10 years. I occasionally have something strange happen always in the middle of the night. I will wake up feeling like I need to throw up. I make my way to the bathroom and then feel as if I need to have a bowel movement. After a few moments on the toilet, I start to break out in a sweat and become faint. The nausea gets much worse and I feel like I am passing out. I will drop to the floor and lay on my back with sweat pouring off of me. In just a minute or two I am covered in sweat and my hair is soaked. After a couple minutes of feeling horribly sick, I start to feel better. Within a couple more minutes I can stand up. When I look in the mirror my skin is grey. It is a frightening experience. 10 minutes after it started I am back to normal and try to go back to sleep. Has anybody experienced anything like this? Yesterday was the first time I thought that it may be apnea related. If I go too long without breathing, could this happen?
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Postby MrsBaddawg » Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:36 pm

Now you guys are scaring me about cpap. My ears are already extremely plugged, to the point they hurt and with periods of vertigo. Should I see an ENT before I agree to cpap???

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