Navigation Links
'CPAP Machine Changed My Life'
Date:5/29/2012

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Joann Becenti awoke with a start -- shocked to realize she was behind the wheel of a moving car.

Fortunately, she was able to guide the car safely to the side of the road and no one was hurt. But Becenti's sleepless nights could have cost her her life.

"It scared the hell out me," said Becenti, who lives in Gallup, N.M. "I knew I'd been tired a lot. I could fall asleep at the drop of a hat, but I didn't know why. My husband told me that I snored at night and it seemed like I stopped breathing sometimes, but honestly, I didn't really think anything about it. I didn't suspect sleep apnea, and I certainly didn't think that was why I was so tired during the day."

Her near-accident was just the scare she needed to get her to go to the doctor. He told her he suspected that she had sleep apnea.

To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor sent her to a sleep lab to have an overnight sleep study. During the sleep study, Becenti was quickly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. She was having at least 15 episodes every hour during which she was completely deprived of oxygen for more than 10 seconds at a time.

The sleep specialist then hooked up a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine and let Becenti sleep the rest of the night attached to the machine.

"I woke up the next morning feeling rested and wonderful, even though I hadn't gotten a full night's sleep," she said.

Becenti got her own CPAP machine to use at home. Although she liked the way she felt in the morning, she said the face mask was uncomfortable and the dry air from the CPAP machine seemed to aggravate her asthma symptoms.

After explaining this to her doctor, she said, he was able to quickly solve her problems. Instead of a mask that fit just around her nose, she got one that covered her nose, mouth and part of her face. In addition, she was able to add a humidifying element to her machine so that the air flowing through would be warm and moist.

"CPAP changed my life," Becenti said. "It immediately changed my level of awareness, and I work better and live better since starting treatment. Plus, it's just nice not to be so tired all the time."

Her advice to anyone considering sleep apnea treatment?

"Just do it," she said. "Don't be concerned. The initial phase of the sleep study was uncomfortable, but it's just one night. And even though it took some adjustments, I have a mask that's comfortable for me now, and I wake up in the morning feeling good," Becenti added.

"For the first time in my life," she said, "I can get out of bed without feeling like I need to crawl back in for another couple of hours of sleep."

More information

A companion article offers more on sleep apnea.

SOURCE: Joann Becenti, Gallup, N.M.


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. CPAP therapy provides a memory boost for adults with sleep apnea
2. Chest news briefs: CPAP may cause facial changes
3. Study shows that CPAP therapy reduces fatigue, increases energy in patients with sleep apnea
4. CPAP decreases cardiovascular mortality in elderly patients
5. CPAP improves daytime sleepiness even in patients with low levels of symptoms
6. CPAP Therapy Most Effective for Sleep Apnea, Experts Say
7. Withdrawal of CPAP therapy results in rapid recurrence of OSA
8. Innovative approaches help sleep apnea sufferers benefit from CPAP
9. What it might take to unravel the lean mean machine that is cancer
10. Study Details Machinery of Immune Protection Against Inflammatory Diseases Like Colitis
11. A virtual muscle machine for kids with disabilities
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent ... Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce ... Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of ... of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even ... progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme ... “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was ... other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited to announce they are ... drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. Comfort Keepers provides quality ... and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments is one of the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... The Haute Beauty Network, affiliated with ... as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s newest partner. , Dr. ... handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should be invisible.” He stands by ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... N.J. , June 24, 2016  Collagen ... the design, development and manufacturing of collagen and ... regeneration announced today that Bill Messer ... and Marketing to further leverage the growing portfolio ... medical devices. Bill joins the Collagen ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets ... Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" report to ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health Monitoring, Composite ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components and ... dumb structures such as vehicle bodies or conformally ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to their offering. ... World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the world market for ... report includes the following: , World IVD ... (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , World IVD Companion ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: