Posted by P. Lowden on March 07, 2003 at 09:17:31:
I have been recently told that I have a mild sleep apnea and was prescribed treatment using a CPAP. My symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring and about 30 apneas during the night, though I have no other symptoms.
I have never found anything so invasive and am wondering what other people have found and how they have delt with it.
The difficulties and problems that I have had with it are:
-I wake up during the night gasping for air - never had this previously.
-I wake up during the night with heart palpitations - never experienced this before.
-The CPAP causes me to hyperventilate.
-Regular sense of drowning.
-Very uncomfortale, pressure on neck, back of head, upper lip, and bridge of nose (have tried nose pillows, almost as bad).
-Normally takes me 15 minutes to fall asleep, with CPAP 2 hours plus.
- Very restless sleeps with CPAP.
-Have never felt so sleepy as in days following the use of the CPAP.
-Prevents intimacy with partner. Dispite what my wife say, I don't feel attractive, it is a real killer in bed.
I used the CPAP for 5 days, anywhere from 2 to 8 hours during the night. I have now stop using the CPAP until I can see my doctor, but I am interested to know if other people have the same problem. From what I have read there is a 50% plus, noncompliance with CPAP. Is this due to simular difficultiies?
I find it hard to understand a treatment that is considereed succesful can have such a high noncompliance. To me this doesn't rate it as a successful treatmnet if people cannot tolerate it.
Thanks for your feed-back.
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