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Disclaimer: These peer coaching articles describe what some savvy, successful CPAP users have done to make their treatment successful. Not written by healthcare professionals. The information and opinions may not necessarily be correct or helpful for you and your unique needs. Rely on sound, well informed medical advice from your doctors and other healthcare professionals well versed in treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

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IF I ONLY KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW! Blog Purpose: To help you with your CPAP therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). For those with OSA, family, friends, physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, sleep technicians. Why This Came to Be: I didn’t have the information I needed for successful CPAP treatment when I needed it. A kind sleep lab technician with OSA told me about a web site he had heard about from another patient, www.cpaptalk.com. The rest is history. It took me months of reading hundreds of posts to gather the information I needed while suffering through equipment struggles. Not everyone has that time or wants to struggle needlessly. I wrote up my own experience and advice from the collective wisdom of experienced CPAP users on cpaptalk.com. Thanks to them, my treatment is working. I’m not sure I could have done it without them. The online CPAP equipment store www.cpap.com created cpaptalk.com. I appreciate what they are giving back to the CPAP community through their website forum, as well as their fair prices. NOBODY IS AS SMART AS EVERYBODY! To email me, send a private message to Mile High Sleeper at www.cpaptalk.com.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Specific Health Conditions and OSA Recovery

For people with sleep apnea and for their healthcare professionals, peer coaching article #22, updated 3 December 2011

Researching the link between OSA and specific physical conditions

Since all the body’s cells, organs, and systems require oxygen, untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can cause or contribute to a wide variety of health problems, many of which can become serious and life-threatening. For more information, google the health condition that concerns you + sleep apnea, and see the links below. They were created in 2007 and checked for broken links in 2011.

PubMed search of research from the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed

Respironics clinical references links

A sleep diagnostic service company has a web site with a physician’s clinical online library

Blood pressure and OSA

Diabetes and OSA

Erectile dysfunction, libido, and OSA.

Glaucoma and OSA
and discussion thread: http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=13166

Heart and OSA
http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t14624/Dont-assume-you-know-whats-wrong.html .

Insomnia, Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Nightmares, Sleeping Pills
http://sleeptreatment.com/ and the book Sound Sleep, Sound Mind by Barry Krakow, MD

Other changes and OSA

Pain and sleep deprivation. Quote contributed by a cpaptalk.com forum member:
“Sleep Deprivation On June 22, 2002, at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society (San Francisco), researchers reported that sleep deprivation markedly increases inflammatory cytokines. This finding helps explain why pain flare-ups occur in a variety of disorders in response to lack of sleep. According to the researchers, even a modest lack of sleep adversely affected cytokine and hormone levels. In this carefully controlled study, two potent proinflammatory markers were affected. Sleep deprivation caused a 40-60% average increase in the inflammatory marker IL-6 in men and women, although a 20-30% increase in TNF-alpha was shown in men alone (Vgontzas et al. 1999; 2001).”

Stroke and OSA

Urination, nighttime (nocturia) and OSA. If you have untreated sleep apnea, the body may secrete a hormone (atrial natriuretic factor) that increases your urine output during sleep. When sleep apnea is treated, nighttime urine output is reduced, and you may get through the night without a bathroom trip. TS Johnson, Sleep Apnea, p. 181

This is a must-read article for understanding the link between nocturia and OSA: http://www.nocturiacures.com/
Discussion thread http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t16275/Can-someone-explain-why-OSA-patients-quotpeequot-more.html

Weight and OSA

Sources: Based on personal experience with obstructive sleep apnea and gleaned from the collective wisdom of cpaptalk.com contributors.

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