I appreciate that you are trying to help others but first you need to help yourself. You are experiencing psychosis which is clouding your judgment. I am guessing that you have schizophrenia. You need to get medical help right away. Fighting the voices will not make them go away. Only a doctor can do that.
I am not trying to be mean. I have seen this before and that is why I urge you to get help.View Thread
That sounds like night terrors in which the hallmark is waking terrified with no nightmares. I do not know much about it though, but I believe it is considered to be a biological problem not a psychological problem. A doctor might be able to prescribe something.View Thread
I have the same problem. I have a nasal pillow mask but everytime I use it I clog up. That may be related to my allergies. I also keep getting sinus infections, which seem to be related to using the machine.Oral masks do not fit right for me and leak a lot.
I am trying a new treatment that does not require a machine. It is a small device that uses the pressure of your own breath to help you breathe. I have had no problems with it clogging up my nose.
There are two versions of the device. Provent is for sleep apnea and you have to get a prescription for it. Theravent is for snoring and you don't need a prescription for it. They both are one-use disposables.
I am trying out the Theravent first for a few reasons. It is cheaper than Provent ($25 a month vs. $70 a month). My insurance will not pay for either one. Another reason is that from what I understand the Provent can be uncomfortable because the device uses hard plastic inside the nose. The Theravent goes over the nose and is very comfortable.
I have been diagnosed with mild apnea so I want to see if this does the trick. If you have severe apnea then you are probably better off trying the Provent.
One thing that is useful no matter which treatment you get is to use a chin strap to keep your mouth closed since most gasping and snoring happens when you breathe through your mouth.
I would also recommend that you talk with your doctor about this problem.
I have sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and bipolar disorder. Most of the people in my life are supportive but there are still those who consider me to be lazy and that I am faking my problems to get government disability.
They don't get that one of the worst days in my life was when I had to stop working. Of course if I say that then they just think I am trying to manipulate them into feeling sorry for me. It is a no-win-situation.
I am learning that sometimes it is best just to ignore those people who don't get it because if I do try to explain I am labeled a liar and that I am just making excuses. I want to scream at them so that they understand my misery but the truth is that I cannot allow myself to be continuely upset by their self-imposed ignorance.
I say "self-imposed" because the information is out there but they don't want to educate themselves.View Thread
I am sooo sorry for what you are going through and people not acknowleging your difficulties. It is amazing how insensitive people can be.
I don't want to sound like I am putting you down but it is not safe for you to be driving. I gave that up years ago because of getting into accidents. I know it is hard to be without a car but perhaps you could carpool to work. I myself use the dial-a-ride service for the disabled to get places. (All you need is a doctor's note.) They also have in my community a service called Access also for the disabled.
If you are wondering if you should continue working just remember that there is no shame in being on disability. A lot of "norms" would disagree but you have to do what is best for you. It sounds like you may be having health issues that are due to or made worse by stress. If working is making you stressed out then maybe you need to take some time off.
You should probably get a sleep study done. I can't dx you but I find it interesting that these "dreams" are worse depending on your sleep position. With untreated sleep apnea sleeping on your back is not a good idea because the throat closes up more in that position.
I have back pain too and I sleep on my side with a pillow between my legs.
If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea then using pure oxygen wouldn't work. The reason why is because the problem is not with the lungs but with the throat. The throat collapses and you can't breathe. The CPAP uses air pressure to open up the throatView Thread
I think probably your problem has to do with the heavy air pressure. I found it extremely difficult to breathe out and I can see how it can cause air swallowing. I use a BIPAP machine that adjusts the air pressure to my breathing. I think you should talk to your doctor about it.