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Retitration.Can one stop CPAP?

Posted by phils89sc on June 10, 2003 at 17:51:51:

I was told that if I lost my excess weight that I would probably be cured of my OSA. I have lost 35 pounds thus far, and am wondering if I will ever be able to stop using the CPAP!

I ask this because I guess I am supposed to be "retitrated" because I have been using my CPAP for a couple years now. If one has to be retitrated after X amount of time, doesn't that mean that the human body is getting used to the excessive pressure developed by the CPAP? If so, then I guess we are all a lost cause in our fight to rid ourselves of these breathing "aides" now aren't we? I mean if I lost all the weight I needed to and got back down to my correct weight, where I had zero problems sleeping BEFORE I gained my weight and had to use CPAP for sleep apnea, now all of a sudden my breathing passages and lungs are accustomed to a much higher than atmospheric pressure, regardless of my weight. Stop using the CPAP in this condition, and whammo, instant major apnea. Wouldn't it be almost fair to say that one could become almost physically "addicted" to the CPAP? Don't get me wrong, I think it is a great thing and has kept me resting properly till now, but I don't plan on using it forever. If I have to use it because my body has built up a "tolerance" to the excess pressure, even at my proper weight, someone is going to have some serious explanation for me as to why my apnea still exists!!

I am not trying to start a shouting match here, like I said, I think the CPAP is a God send, but only for the short term.

Phil Stocker

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