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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 12:12 AM
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5. Actually ,lots of people can sleep on their backs without snoring or having apnea.
If you know someone who can not sleep on their back, that person could well have OSA. Some cases are mild and side sleeping is all that is required to correct the problem. But that person needs to know that when she goes to the hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery, they will position her on her back post op. And with her incision and bandages, her pain medicines and the lingering effects of anesthesia, she may develop low oxygen, rapid heart rate--and the nurses and doctors may not even consider that she is not getting air. I have seen it happen. IV Ativan given to control "anxiety" that was really the body struggling with low oxygen.

Moral, everyone needs to be aware of their own body and be proactive. Tell the nurses "Please put me on my side post op. I do not breathe well on my back."
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  -Everything You (Never Knew You) Wanted to Know About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) McCamy Taylor  Feb-16-10 11:50 PM   #0 
  - Everybody snores.  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 12:01 AM   #1 
  - Actually ,lots of people can sleep on their backs without snoring or having apnea.  McCamy Taylor   Feb-17-10 12:12 AM   #5 
  - Good advice, McCamy Taylor. n/t  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 12:20 AM   #8 
  - Sure they can.  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 12:35 AM   #15 
  - For any kind of surgery now, including dental, I make sure they understand I have apnea...  Hekate   Feb-17-10 05:52 AM   #41 
  - i forgot to tell them when i had a colonoscopy..... BOY WERE THEY PISSED WHEN I QUIT BREATHING!!!!  happygoluckytoyou   Feb-17-10 10:41 AM   #53 
     - LOL I'll bet they were! For the colonoscopy and dental surgery both I made sure they knew...  Hekate   Feb-17-10 10:57 AM   #55 
  - Better yet, get evaluated for Sleep Apnea nt  goclark   Feb-17-10 11:25 AM   #59 
  - "Another fake disease" -- another ignorant post.  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 12:18 AM   #6 
  - If any of this were true,  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 12:25 AM   #10 
  - We DO have huge numbers of people dying of heart disease,  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 12:44 AM   #16 
  - But not snoring.  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 12:49 AM   #19 
     - Twenty seconds, 60 times an hour results in low oxygen levels for hours through the night --  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 12:58 AM   #25 
     - He was fine.  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 01:02 AM   #28 
     - He doesn't think he was fine -- not since he knows what it feels like  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 01:05 AM   #30 
        - LOL well now you've scared him to bits, probably not.  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 01:11 AM   #31 
           - Nope, I can hear you snore all the way from here.  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 01:31 AM   #32 
              - oh, snap!:)  freeplessinseattle   Feb-17-10 02:11 AM   #36 
     - mom stopped breathing 200 times an hour all night. But I doubt that  roguevalley   Feb-17-10 07:03 AM   #45 
     - Plus some people never get enough REM sleep...  JuniperLea   Feb-17-10 07:01 PM   #81 
     - Sleep Apnea and snoring are 2 separate things  MiniMe   Feb-17-10 11:55 AM   #63 
  - they aren't dying in their sleep  Kali   Feb-17-10 01:02 AM   #27 
  - People don't die from lack of sleep either.  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 01:03 AM   #29 
  - you appear to be either willfully ignorant or just  Kali   Feb-17-10 01:35 AM   #33 
  - I used to doze off while driving. Could have killed me AND my kids. Used to fall asleep at work...  Hekate   Feb-17-10 06:01 AM   #42 
  - data, dr. heresy, and not the stuff you're pulling from your butt. you  roguevalley   Feb-17-10 07:04 AM   #46 
  - Your rudeness is surpassed only by your egotistical and ignorant proclamations.  HCE SuiGeneris   Feb-17-10 10:32 PM   #93 
  - K and R again and again and again  goclark   Feb-17-10 11:32 AM   #61 
  - "dying in their sleep"? dude, actually read at least some  freeplessinseattle   Feb-17-10 02:07 AM   #35 
  - Why are you giving bad medical advice on DU?  noamnety   Feb-17-10 05:51 AM   #40 
  - where's the data to back up your opinions. opinions are not facts.  roguevalley   Feb-17-10 07:02 AM   #44 
  - Perhaps it's possible to die in your sleep  Chemisse   Feb-17-10 06:34 PM   #75 
  - My grades went from barely passing to all As after my tonsils came out.  McCamy Taylor   Feb-17-10 12:27 AM   #11 
  - Infected tonsils have nothing to do with it.  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 12:31 AM   #13 
  - Yes, antibiotics are good for infected tonsils. But the tonsils often remain  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 12:48 AM   #18 
     - So have a tonsillectomy.  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 12:50 AM   #21 
        - The snoring is a SYMPTOM. You don't have the tonsillectomy or use a CPAP  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 12:53 AM   #22 
           - Snoring just means you're relaxed  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 12:55 AM   #23 
  - And you were old enough to remember how great it felt.  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 12:49 AM   #20 
  - + 100 and K for your wisdom  goclark   Feb-17-10 11:30 AM   #60 
     - Agreed  Mithreal   Feb-17-10 12:59 PM   #67 
     - We were lucky with our little girl because at the time  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 05:40 PM   #72 
        - Thanks for the information and I'm so glad to learn  goclark   Feb-17-10 10:04 PM   #91 
           - I don't know what the current thinking is about tonsil and adenoid removal  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 10:56 PM   #94 
              - I have a visit to my dr. in a few days ~ I'll ask Txs nt  goclark   Feb-18-10 08:39 AM   #97 
  - This condition involves more than snoring. It involves a  truedelphi   Feb-17-10 12:20 AM   #9 
  - Hokum.  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 12:29 AM   #12 
     - sad.  roguevalley   Feb-17-10 07:06 AM   #47 
     - Why do you hate medical science?  Mithreal   Feb-17-10 03:04 PM   #69 
     - Great. Another poster who makes ridiculous contrary statements to get attention  Chemisse   Feb-17-10 06:37 PM   #76 
  - my mother had sleep apnea and was tested in a lab. she was found  roguevalley   Feb-17-10 07:00 AM   #43 
  - Thank you for your wisdom and your ability to address the issue  goclark   Feb-17-10 01:35 PM   #68 
     - I don't know, honey, but I will never forget my mother's suffering.  roguevalley   Feb-17-10 03:57 PM   #70 
        - Sorry to hear about that, RV. Hopefully the OP will help someone else. n/t  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 05:42 PM   #73 
  - I have a sleep machine and I never lied on my back  goclark   Feb-17-10 11:10 AM   #57 
  - Hey, I call mine a 'sleep machine' too  Chemisse   Feb-17-10 06:45 PM   #78 
     - I'm still learning to use it but I am so grateful to be able  goclark   Feb-17-10 09:17 PM   #89 
        - I can't go without mine now  Chemisse   Feb-18-10 06:06 PM   #98 
           - I was doing pretty good on mine and  goclark   Feb-18-10 10:10 PM   #99 
  - Wow thanks  lizerdbits   Feb-17-10 11:14 AM   #58 
  - Interesting response Heresy  Fluothane   Feb-17-10 07:00 PM   #80 
     - Welcome to DU, Fluothane, and thank you for a very informative post! +1000.  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 11:09 PM   #96 
  - Eye-opening post!  Fridays Child   Feb-17-10 12:02 AM   #2 
  - CPAP  medeak   Feb-17-10 12:04 AM   #3 
  - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Feb-17-10 12:08 AM   #4 
  - Sleeping on an incline also is important  Juche   Feb-17-10 12:19 AM   #7 
  - Gargling with salt water is an old remedy  HeresyLives   Feb-17-10 12:33 AM   #14 
  - valuable post  lazarus   Feb-17-10 12:45 AM   #17 
  - Glad you got the help you needed.  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 01:01 AM   #26 
  - she's got a mild case  lazarus   Feb-17-10 01:40 AM   #34 
  - Grandmother, mother and I have it. Diagnosis and treatment saved my life.  Mithreal   Feb-17-10 03:16 AM   #38 
  - good post but  Kali   Feb-17-10 12:58 AM   #24 
  - McCamy, add Neti pots for sinus problems and to possibly replace antihistamines  Mithreal   Feb-17-10 02:20 AM   #37 
  - Kick, Rec, Bookmark to read later. I have severe apnea and have used a CPAP for 5 years  Hekate   Feb-17-10 05:42 AM   #39 
  - How did you sleep with that friggin' thing on?  Dr.Phool   Feb-17-10 07:25 AM   #48 
     - lots of people swear by the nasal pad "masks"  Kali   Feb-17-10 09:59 AM   #51 
     - One thing was I had to have the warmth on the humidifier adjusted because condensation...  Hekate   Feb-17-10 10:51 AM   #54 
        - I have a heated hose, it takes care of the condensation problem  MiniMe   Feb-17-10 11:41 AM   #62 
           - Oh ho -- thanks for the tip! Our bedroom gets very cold overnight in winter...  Hekate   Feb-17-10 12:08 PM   #65 
              - Here is where I got it from  MiniMe   Feb-17-10 12:16 PM   #66 
                 - What a great idea! I also have that problem nt  Chemisse   Feb-17-10 06:41 PM   #77 
                    - The heated hose makes a big difference  MiniMe   Feb-17-10 08:15 PM   #88 
  - CPAP saved my life, my career, and my marriage  Fiendish Thingy   Feb-17-10 08:40 AM   #49 
  - Thank you for this report!  earcandle   Feb-17-10 09:26 AM   #50 
  - My SO has OSA  supernova   Feb-17-10 10:25 AM   #52 
  - What's The Reason For The Numbers Of People With OSA Doubling?.....  global1   Feb-17-10 11:01 AM   #56 
  - obesity is part  Kali   Feb-17-10 11:56 AM   #64 
  - It can be a vicious cycle, too. Apnea causes a cascade which  hedgehog   Feb-17-10 07:43 PM   #86 
  - May I recommend a good book on the subject?  hedgehog   Feb-17-10 04:51 PM   #71 
  - I Take It You Are Using A CPAP Machine......  global1   Feb-17-10 06:59 PM   #79 
  - machines are pretty portable  mopinko   Feb-17-10 07:33 PM   #82 
  - Here's what happened for me: First I had a sleep test  hedgehog   Feb-17-10 07:33 PM   #83 
  - this is kind of an amalgamation of two previous posts on the subject  Kali   Feb-17-10 10:13 PM   #92 
  - global1, my husband only went for the sleep study because I asked him to,  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 11:02 PM   #95 
  - Thank you for the recommendation.  PADemD   Feb-23-10 07:48 PM   #100 
  - Some are children and some of those cases were probably avoided in the days  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 05:46 PM   #74 
     - Routine tonsillectomies went out about the time the  hedgehog   Feb-17-10 07:41 PM   #85 
        - Particularly in view of the fact that over-tired children  pnwmom   Feb-17-10 07:57 PM   #87 
  - the nightmares were the worst part.  mopinko   Feb-17-10 07:35 PM   #84 
  - Thanks for posting this  Hydra   Feb-17-10 09:29 PM   #90 
  - Thank you for posting this.  PADemD   Feb-23-10 08:05 PM   #101 
 

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