ellen1159 wrote:Your post is particularly interesting to me, because I've been trying to work up the courage to ask if anyone ever gets off a PAP machine following a significant weight loss (I am morbidly obese at 258 on a 5'4" frame, lost 6 lbs. since last week on a low fat, vegan eating plan).
I'm having difficulties getting accustomed to the mask and high pressures (25/15) I require for my severe apnea (I had 108 episodes during one hour of sleep and my oxygen saturation dropped to 69% during my diagnostic lab test). It's critical for me that I get used to this machine and make it work so I can add exercise to my regimen and continue to lose weight. My discomfort with the mask and machine has increased my motivation to lose weight but I've yet to see a posting from someone who has lost 100 lbs. or so and no longer requires air pressure to treat apneas.
Congratulations on your successful weight loss! I can't wait to start feeling better.
I will keep you updated on my progress with both weight loss and pressure needs. I started out at 285.7 lbs. and now weigh in at 231.5, so my guess is that my weight needs to hit 150 before I'm going to see any kind of significant change with regards to pressure settings. That seems to be right around the level where I go from morbidly obese to simply overweight. At that point, I intend to keep losing weight until I get to 130 pounds, at which point I will start toning to make myself more muscular to the point that I'm toned, not to the point that I look like a bodybuilder, if you know what I mean.
I have a sneaking suspicion that because of my age and the fact that I have narrow airways (snored as a child and needed to have my adenoids removed along with my tonsils) that I may always need a cpap machine, but that my pressure needs might be able to drop much, much lower.
The main thing to remember is that you're in this for your health. Even if I still need a cpap machine, my med requirements will go way down. In fact, my doctor has already adjusted my medication.
Also, I'm on a hospital medical weight plan where I fast with four beverages a day. My blood work has been fantastic, and my doctor actually told me that my total cholesterol level is too low at 111. He'd like to see it around 149 instead. I want to eliminate the possibility of contracting diabetes or any other kind of problems.
However, you may find you'll need gallbladder surgery. I had to have my gallbladder taken out when I reached 243 lbs, so I had to start eating again for a while, and now have resumed my fasting.
Just don't give up hope - it's all worthwhile, and the benefits are amazing.