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Question: I am on a CPAP machine, is this machine harming my lungs?

From Mike:

It may well be weakening the diaphragm but that might be the lesser of the evils to dying in your sleep. My objection with the CPAP is that they do not as well train people to develop better breathing. The CPAP is probably weakening the breathing. If the optimal breathing mechanical function were established you probably would not need the CPAP.  This may or may not be easy to attain.

Reasons for being on the machine are varied so it may save your life or just take you away from handling the situation yourself with proper guidance and not need to be a lifetime aid.

If you want to get off using it then you must focus on breathing development. sleep-program  

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3 THOUGHTS ON “CPAP: Is This Machine Harming My Lungs or Breathing Mechanics?”

by michael g white

The CPAP is probably weakening the breathing. If the optimal breathing mechanical function were established you probably would not need the CPAP.

by Keith H Patton

I recently returned from a week in Taos at around 9000 feet and had a horrible time sleeping. I woke up EVERY HOUR on the hour feeling like I was drowning. I used my CPAP but have really come away with the belief that it has indeed weakened my diaphragm. I have never had problems at high altitude before and haven’t been in the mountains since starting using my CPAP three years ago.

As a scientist I can’t help but think that having air forced under pressure into your lungs lessens the stress on your diaphragm muscles and hence makes them lazy. I’ve never had problems at high altitude till now. It was really unpleasant so much so that I ’ll really have to think long and hard about spending any time above 6000 feet in the future.

Does anyone know if in fact you need to increase the pressure feed on the CPAP to counter the thinner air? I have to believe that the quantity of air I get at sea level is greatly diminished at 9000 feet.

by Juanita Parker

I have been on my CPAP machine 6 days now. About day 3, I began to find it difficult to breathe (especially exhaling). It almost feels like I am breathing against pressure and I am not even wearing the mask . I just wanted to know,Is it normal or safe to have have such an adverse reaction?