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Can't sleep after surgery!! HELP!!!

Posted by phils95cobra on April 15, 2005 at 05:34:04:

I had Septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery last Friday. The surgery went ok, but I had a few rather difficult complcations such as excessive bleeding, blood pressure increase (due to pain and anxiety).

Before surgery, and this is the first surgery I have had in about 25 years, I told the ENT DOC, and everyone else taking care of me at the hospital, that I COULD NOT SLEEP AT ALL WITHOUT CPAP...PERIOD!!! This doesn't mean that I am just tired the next day, this means VERY SERIOUS SLEEP DEPRIVATION!!

So, to make a long story short, I have not slept for more than an hour per night since Friday of last week (April 8th) unless it was a drug/sedation induced sleep. Other than that, no sleep...period.

I don't think I stressed the fact that I cannot sleep w/o CPAP enough to the ENT, or maybe they simply just didn't understand and did not take me literally.

My question is, can I use a full face mask and breathe through my mouth with CPAP? I only have a nasal mask now. I still have the splints in my nose and will not have them out till Monday (very uncomfortable), but I really do not feel like I can last with no sleep for another 3 days or I will simply lose it!!!

What should I did, insist on getting the splints removed to allow the use of my current CPAP? What would you all do?

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