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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Yesterday my neurologist said he is scheduling me to get checked for Sleep Apnea. Could someone please tell md what takes place during this exam.

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I really had no idea I had severe sleep apnea until I got the study done. My wife said I snored. Finally , on advice from my "private" psychologist I got a sleep study done. It was so bad they called me and told me to come back for another study where I would wear a mask. I did take sleeping pills because I could not get to sleep. They said my oxygene levels dropped into the 70's and I stopped breathing for a minute. My heart rate was steady at 55 beats. Maybe that is why I am not dead already. The mask is my problem. I have to wear the full mask because my pressure is very high to keep my air tube open. I have had five masks. They hurt. They leak. If you want to fly to Australia you can get a custom made mask.....only $1500 bucks for the mask.

John

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John:

The problem with spending $1500 for a mask is that they need to be replaced every 6 months. In my Kaiser sleep study I averaged 34 esipodes per hour, the VA didn't tell me how many esipodes I had but it wasn't more than a couple of days after I sent the monitor back to them that they called me and told me to come in to pick up a machine. Mine's set up as an APAP that varies the pressure from 7 to 14 as needed, when I saw the sleep doctor last month she told me that the average pressure was 13. I started out with the nose mask which worked pretty good except that a couple of times I had trouble breathing during the night so they gave me a face mask. I try to sleep with the nose mask but if I have problems during the night I switch to the face mask. They have a total face mask which you might want to try but I don't know if the VA has them, what I hate is at the beginning of the night the mask is fine then later in the night it starts to leak and you have to readjust.

Rick

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When I had the sleep study done, I was at the VAMC. Since I take meds for sleep, they just had me do what is normal. I fell asleep and had my normal waking up a lot. The technician did come in and have me put on a mask, and told me then I had sleep apnea. After the sleep study, I met with the doctor and he diagnosed me with Sever Obstructive Sleep Apnea. I was given the full gel mask right away, and still battle with it two years later.

I guess I just don't like sleeping a lot. LOL

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I would say that with or without the mask I wake up about every 90 minutes. I also have to readjust my mask often. Usually, if I have slept for a couple of hours and wake up the mask hurts. My face hurts. At some point I may just take the mask off and get a few hours without the pain in my face. The provider came over today to replace the chip in my machine. They are going to find sporadic use because the different masks hurt my face and it takes a day for my face to stop hurting before I can wear it again. If I wear it a full 8 hours I usually have a nice, red and painful spot on my nose or face. I am supposed to haul this thing around if I go on a trip....ugh! My doctor is a real fanatic about sleep apnea. I just hope he can understand what his patients go through with these masks. I don't mind the mask or the minor noise. I just don't like waking up with red patch where skin is being rubbed off and turning into a sore.

John

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If you have pain and extensive marks on your face the mask is to tight.

I have found a daily wash of my mask in vinegar and hot water will clear out the oils and washing your face just before bed to minimize how much surface oil is on the skin helps.

What is going to sound really crazy is I find sleeping with a pillow on top of my head will provide some gentle resistance to the mask slipping sideways and causing a leak(I am a side sleeper). I keep my bedroom fairly chilly so that I dont build up to much heat. A friend of mine swears by the tempurpedic pillow he indicated he sleeps on the edge of it so that nothing pushes agains the frame of his mask.

Just a couple of tips

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    • How to get your questions answered...


      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.


      Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.


      Leading to:

      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

      Examples:

      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?


      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?



      This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.

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      This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.
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