BajaNomad
Not logged in [Login - Register]

Go To Bottom
Printable Version  
Author: Subject: CPAPs out there anyone?
BajaBlanca
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 11150
Registered: 10-28-2008
Location: La Bocana, BCS
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-9-2019 at 11:40 AM
CPAPs out there anyone?


My son has terrible sleep apnea and needs a cpap, no insurance and can't afford it.

Anyone have one lying around that they aren't using?

Thanks, Blanca




Blanca and Les
Come visit us

http://www.labocanahotel.com
View user's profile Visit user's homepage
AKgringo
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 3119
Registered: 9-20-2014
Location: Los Anchorage, AK
Member Is Offline

Mood: Retireded

[*] posted on 11-9-2019 at 02:27 PM


Blanca, I suffer from apnea, and have for longer than I ever knew that it was a disorder, and had a name! I went through the sleep study clinic testing, and tried the cpap, but I could not tolerate having it on while sleeping.

While I still have symptoms, they are nowhere near as frequent, or severe as they were before I eliminated alcohol from my diet back in 2008.

I hope he gets what he can use, good luck!




If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!

"Could do better if he tried!" Report card comments from most of my grade school teachers. Sadly, still true!
View user's profile
BajaBlanca
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 11150
Registered: 10-28-2008
Location: La Bocana, BCS
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-9-2019 at 02:34 PM


Thanks for the info, I will mention the alcohol part to him but he is quite overweight. I think that is the main issue.

Les has a cpap and it worked a miracle. It was a real adjustment but now he can't even think of sleeping without it.




Blanca and Les
Come visit us

http://www.labocanahotel.com
View user's profile Visit user's homepage
4x4abc
Ultra Nomad
*****


Avatar


Posts: 2257
Registered: 4-24-2009
Location: La Paz, BCS
Member Is Offline

Mood: happy - always

[*] posted on 11-9-2019 at 02:38 PM


no alcohol did it for me too



Harald Pietschmann
View user's profile Visit user's homepage
bajabuddha
Elite Nomad
******


Avatar


Posts: 3913
Registered: 4-12-2013
Location: Baja New Mexico
Member Is Offline

Mood: Always cranky unless medicated

[*] posted on 11-9-2019 at 02:54 PM


Blanca, my better half has apnea, but can't tolerate her CPAP. She went to a dentist (specialist) that made an appliance she wears at night that helps keep her jaw forward and her airway open... it has worked wonders for her. It was a bit pricey, had to pay out of pocket for it.

Maybe check into it, could be cheaper (and less cumbersome) than a CPAP. Possibly save a few bucks.




New entry, Funk & Wagnall's '19: "trumper tantrum"

86- *45

View user's profile
mtnpop
Senior Nomad
***




Posts: 571
Registered: 9-8-2009
Location: Colorado/mulege
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-9-2019 at 09:32 PM


have used what is called an "anti snoring tongue sleep apnea device" you can find on ebay or Amazon.
seems to help quite a lot. looks like a gimmick but are not very expensive to give them a try. way less intrusive than a cpap.
might buy more than one also.
good luck what ever you do. A sleep study is expensive also
there is a company selling refurbished cpap for about 1/2 new. just google "refurbished cpap" pressure needs to be set to the individual me thinks also...




Common sense is a flower that doesn\'t grow in everyone\'s garden.....

A wise man once spoke nothing.....

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day!!
View user's profile
motoged
Elite Nomad
******


Avatar


Posts: 5552
Registered: 7-31-2006
Location: Kamloops, BC
Member Is Offline

Mood: Gettin' Better

[*] posted on 11-10-2019 at 01:44 PM


I have used a cpap regularly for 12 years and adjusted to the nose mask easily within a few sleeps. It complicates travel, but is so much worth the effort. I had laser throat surgery as a first try solution to apnea (removed uvula and created a scar from tonsil to tonsil....which is intended to stiffen the throat/palette and act as a batten does in a sail....stiffer tissue=less snore flapping)....and all it did was hurt like hell for two weeks, ruin my singing voice and allows me to aspirate food more frequently....for $1100.

I then explored the dental appliance route...the prep xrays and photo process was $750 with no guarantees of efficacy, so I bailed on that...and got my first cpap.

The university respiratory program did a better sleep study than the hospital....and it was free as a student project....and the hospital study was free because up here in the frozen wasteland we have Health Care.

Losing over 50 lbs was helpful over past two years....and I don't use alcohol much, but agree that it contributes to apnea.

I am on my second cpap....Baja electricity fluctuation fried my first one....get a small surge protector for such varying electric currents.

And yes....buying new or used /refurbished on line is less expensive than at a shop (which here doesn't charge for follow-ups on readings/adjustments), but cpaps need to be calibrated for individuals, and that would be an expense for on-line units.

A cpap with humidifier is recommended. :light:

[Edited on 11-10-2019 by motoged]

[Edited on 11-10-2019 by motoged]




Don't believe everything you think....
View user's profile
BajaBlanca
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 11150
Registered: 10-28-2008
Location: La Bocana, BCS
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-13-2019 at 05:46 AM


refurbished! brilliant idea.

Les did his respiratory test in Ensenada and it was remarkably inexpensive. Don't remember the exact cost.

My son sounds like a freight train when he sleeps with the apnea thrown in.

The dental apparatus is an interesting thought ..... gonna think about it.

Gracias amigos.




Blanca and Les
Come visit us

http://www.labocanahotel.com
View user's profile Visit user's homepage
BajaBlanca
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 11150
Registered: 10-28-2008
Location: La Bocana, BCS
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-13-2019 at 06:44 AM


Harakat

good point! all good points. I believe he has done the sleep test but I can ask him. My son lives in L.A.

I see refurbished machines for as low as $100.




Blanca and Les
Come visit us

http://www.labocanahotel.com
View user's profile Visit user's homepage
bajaguy
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 9203
Registered: 9-16-2003
Location: Carson City, NV/Ensenada - Baja Country Club
Member Is Offline

Mood: must be 5 O'clock somewhere in Baja

[*] posted on 11-13-2019 at 07:14 AM


Trying to self medicate with a CPAP (or maybe he needs a BiPAP) is a bad idea

He needs to do a sleep study, have the results analyzed and get a machine programmed to his needs.

Also needs to get the right type of mask for his problems. There are several types of masks and the sleep study/doctor/technician will fit him with the proper mask.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause other health/medical problems

I have been using a BiPap for about 11 years, no problems
View user's profile
vacaenbaja
Senior Nomad
***




Posts: 589
Registered: 4-4-2006
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-21-2019 at 07:16 PM


I would try this outfit. I would suggest getting an auto cpap that will constantly adjust to the right setting

https://www.secondwindcpap.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2KDPnt_85Q...

View user's profile
advrider
Senior Nomad
***




Posts: 721
Registered: 10-2-2015
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-21-2019 at 08:05 PM


I have snored my whole life, worse when I am in really good shape? Several sleep studies, no apnea, I was told I needed the surgery that motoged had. Several people told me it didn't work so I passed.
I use a dental appliance that helps a little but probably could use a machine myself? As other have said he should have a study done, in Baja if it helps with the price. Apnea has a whole bunch of serious health effects if not treated. With some good rest/ sleep he might start loosing weight.
View user's profile
AKgringo
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 3119
Registered: 9-20-2014
Location: Los Anchorage, AK
Member Is Offline

Mood: Retireded

[*] posted on 11-21-2019 at 08:27 PM


One of the health risks that seem to be associated with apnea is atrial fibrillation, which I also suffer from.



If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!

"Could do better if he tried!" Report card comments from most of my grade school teachers. Sadly, still true!
View user's profile

  Go To Top

 






All Content Copyright � 1997- Q87 International; All Rights Reserved.
Powered by XMB; XMB Forum Software © 2001-2014 The XMB Group�






"If it were lush and rich, one could understand the pull, but it is fierce and hostile and sullen. The stone mountains pile up to the sky and there is little fresh water. But we know we must go back if we live, and we don't know why." - Steinbeck, Log from the Sea of Cortez

"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." - Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D

"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them or to them." - Malcolm Forbes

"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn







Thank you to Baja Bound Mexico Insurance Services for your long-term support of the BajaNomad.com Forums site.







Emergency Baja Contacts Include:

Desert Hawks; El Rosario-based ambulance transport; Emergency #: (616) 103-0262