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May 26, 2009

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Some people do not take well to CPAP due to other conditions. I have serious nasal allergies as well as asthma. If I have even a hint of impaired breathing before using the CPAP mask, I cannot tolerate its use as it creates a suffocation syndrome which I find intolerable. I use antihistamines like Zyrtec or Benadryl at night to help with sleep induction, but again, if I have any asthma or sinusitis, the CPAP is not a good option for me. Please send me your advice or thoughts.

I've been using my CPAP since January. I missed three nights in February because I had pneumonia. The mask while I was coughing every ten minutes was uncomfortable. Otherwise, I don't even lay down for a nap without my CPAP.

I've seen such a change in my energy levels and mood. I don't know how I managed before. All my life, really. My mum says you couldn't sleep in the same room with me when I was a little girl. I remember being tired in my early teens.

I hear about all the sufferers who don't use their machines and I am shocked. I went for my sleep studies because I knew it wasn't right to live tired and not do the things I wanted to do.

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