this is my first go at posting, so please bear with me. I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea in Oct 2011 and wasn't due to get my varieble (?) machine til end of Dec, however due to a hospital stay - end Nov with trachoebronchitus I got it early. I too had/have a few probs with masks etc, I have a badly receeding lower jaw too. Tried several different masks (leakage) and now have settled on a mirage liberty full face one with the nose pillows. Finally got my adjusted (cpap machine for me with a air pressure of 18-19 and asked to try and lose 3st in weight
, even tho due to other probs, I will need my machine for life. As i was gonna be home sick for 6 weeks over xmas and into January, I became a proud owner of a lakeland terrier puppy, and due mainly to walking (ambling) with him in local park/woods for about an hour or so twice daily, I have managed to lose 12lbs, my cpap nurse is very pleased as my machine air pressure is now reduced to 16.
I still get tired but am actually managing to stay awake in work now, much to the relief of my bosses, ( still stand to lose my job tho cos of it, keeping fingers crossed). Still have good/ bad nights and wake up feeling that i must have tried eating the sahara desert, my mouth so dry despite the humidifier. but at least my headaches have mainly gone
, but blood pressure still v high,working on it
As I am now 52, and it seems that i have had osa for most of my life (unknowingly )due to my jaw problems....I have a lot of NORMAL sleep and living to catch up on
perhaps now i might actually get to see a whole xmas day AWAKE
All I can say (although still very early days for me) to anyone just starting is yes its difficult, and has problems, but please dont give up on cpap, ...its saving my life!!