Saturday, August 1, 2009

Another try using the cpap

Well I have another appointment set up in about 3 weeks to see another doctor about my sleep apnea. I was referred to by the doctor who handles my meniere’s disease. I am a little hesitant to give it another try considering all the trouble that I have had in the past with sleep studies and cpap and bipap.

But I am going to try again. I really have to because of my age and my family’s history with heart disease it doesn’t make sense not to try to do something. I thought about going to a dentist but from what I have read dental devices are mostly for folks who have mild apnea. I don’t have mild apnea, from the past sleep studies I fall in the severe category. I can’t remember how many times I woke up every hour but the number was high.

My meniere’s doctor asked how long ago it was since I had a sleep study. I told him it was last October. He wanted me to get a copy of the result and bring it to my sleep apnea doctor. As I remember the sleep study was a bit of a bust because I had a difficult time falling asleep, of course I had a hard time falling asleep with every sleep study (all seven of them). Hopefully he will get enough information from the report to ascertain what the next treatment will be. I have heard there is one type of mask that I haven’t tried and it is one that I wrote a post about, the APAP machine.

I hope that he doesn’t suggest surgery but if he does I will have to consider it. I need to be able to sleep through the night without waking up all the time. I feel that with more rest my Meniere’s disease problem will also get better. I’m not sure about that but I know it wouldn’t make it worse.

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  1. I predict you will fail at CPAP therapy and I will tell you why I predict that. It is because you say you will "try". People who "try" CPAP almost alway fail.

    For most people, being successful with CPAP therapy requires a commitment. It is not an easy therapy to implement successfully for most people.

    If you do want to make a commitment, I have some suggestions for you. First, become a member of cpaptalk dot com. Post your story there and ask for help from patients who have experienced what you will go through. Also learn at this site about fully data-capable machines and software which will monitor your therapy in your own bed and give you the tools to optimize your therapy.

    Good luck,


  2. for sure David, lack of sleep makes meniere's disease symptoms worse. hope it works for you.

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