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Sleep Apnea

GreyEagleGGreyEagle Posts: 350
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Sleep Problems
I've had Sleep Apnea for a number of years. I use a C-Pap machine where I have a mask that goes over my knows at night and it has a water recepticle that heats up.

I'm kind of wondering how this is going to work after my surgery. I see the surgeon on Monday. My Spine Doctor said my MRI's said I will need major surgery with fusion, hardware and not sure what else(c3 thru c7 of my cervical spine are involved).

I've been on Lyrica for diabetic nerve pain in my feet. My Spine Doctor tripled the dose and added Tramadol. I don't have any particular problem sleeping with my machine.

Ken GreyEagle


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    The C-Pap machine (full mask) should be ok after surgery. It might even be easier since you probably will not be sleeping on your side and more on your back.
    I have a C-Pap machine and have 3 different controls:
    1. Full mask as you describe
    2. Only nose plugs, no full mask
    3. Half mask
    My machine goes into a container of water, but is not heated.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I also wear a cpap and have not had any particular problem working with it post op or otherwise. Sometimes you may just have to position your pillows differently.
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