Need to know how to make this work or at least get more comfortable using CPAP
post lumbar surgery and post opiate wean and post partial respiratory failure/ hospitalization - for the last 2 1/2 years - I have dealt with terrible lethargy, overall entire body muscle pain and shortness of breath all supposedly caused by ongoing medications, allergies, asthma and sleep apnea One by one I wean off that med or add that allergy medicine or add this inhaler or do this nebulizer...(it’s exhausting trying to figure out what’s causing exhaustion). I also have hypertension that is out of control and yeah, like most, I’m super COVID anxious/stress
One thing was the sleep study, did two and started on CPAP machine nightly about two months ago. I’m a mouth breather so the full mask was the only one that worked for me
Night one, I hate it, I’m claustrophobic so it’s tough to get used to. I find myself waking up with the mask on the floor, obviously I’ve ripped it off. That was in the first couple weeks. I started adding CBG and a benzo and that helps me in sleeping 4 nights out of 7 through most of the night with the mask on. I added mindfulness meditation as I fall asleep and dumped 1/2 the Xanax - and after two months my SA doc said I’m doing great. But I still hate it. My wife LOVES it I don’t snore no more...
I get dry nose/mouth easily so I raise humidity and nearly drowned myself.
Bottom line after two months I don’t feel one lick better, no more energy, no less drowsiness- I feel exactly the same and when I’ve struggled through the night with the mask or inability to fall asleep on occasion I feel worse than without I didn’t use a couple nights to see, and the only downside was snoring so for my wife’s sake I’m committed to this long term I thought blood pressure would improve with consistent use Yesterday I was 175/115 (it went down when I stopped “doom scrolling”)
Any tips on how to get used to this darn CPAP or make it more tolerable ?
Thank you for reading.