Is CPAP Harmful from Long Term Exposure?

by William Ressegue
(Palmdale, Ca. USA)

Just beginning my wonderful experience of living with CPAP.


Doing lots of reading on the subject and find the short list of minor side effects interesting. Yet I see no where listed any long term studies or complaints of this forced/compressed air treatment.

Knowing that divers who go deep under the ocean can suffer from the bends if the pressure on their lungs and bodies are not slowly equalized coming to the surface.

Of course a night time of CPAP may not equal the high pressure in 200 feet of water I have to wonder about the prolonged exposure to light pressure each night.

Watching a documentary about building the Brooklyn bridge and it's Caissons for the foundation supports and the problems they had with short and long term exposure to compressed air.

Is that not what a CPAP machine does? That is to force air into the lungs over and above the natural breathing?

So if this forced air pushing on the cells of the lungs keeps the lungs from expelling waste such as C02 does that not do me harm?

And isn't the real problem keeping the air way open and not the lack of air itself?

So there must be a better solution to keeping my airway open then the creation of this balloon effect in my lungs?


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Oct 18, 2016
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Curved line logic
by: bulletproof

Your questions assume an ignorance on the research and development, as well as testing of, the devices employed for sleep apnea. It further connects 3 things that work in 3 different ways and have only moving air in common.

But ultimately, the consideration is industrial use of air flow versus medical use, and the determination that the developers of each use parameters appropriate to either exclusively.

As the comments of others demonstrate, there are side-effects.

However, even as a few of these tossed aside any use for "PAP" assistance out of one experience or the other, in all of their complaints (which I have read so far) there is, at least, the possibility of a solution: humidifier, auto-cpap versus cpap versus bipap, varying delivery methods, etc. And in the end, the question is, ultimately, does whatever risk one can Google outweigh the risk of the condition for which is the impetus of the very need for treatment.

Feb 20, 2016
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Terable side effects
by: Linda M

I have been using bipap for 4 months and have had to stop it because of the awful side effects. I wake feeling like I have been hit by a truck, chronic mental fogginess, severe cognition impacts preventing me from driving, dizziness and hyper light sensitivity completely disabling me.

I have tried stopping it for up to two consecutive nights and got much better. My settings started at 12/4 then 17/10 then auto setting. Each time getting worse.

The auto bipap gave me longer lasting impacts with pain in my neck, under my arms and in my chest like I was being crushed.

This is very much like the side effects of the bends.
Anyone else with these effects

Nov 11, 2015
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Long term effects and sinus cavity light bleeding
by: Anonymous

I've noe been sing a cpap for quite a few years, my numbers have greatly reduced to the point that it is difficult to get Medicare to cover cost of a new machine.

This is not my question, however, I am now having some light bleeding from my left sinus, have seen an ENT, with little luck other than getting some "vessels cauterized" yet it persists bleeding during my cpap use.

Thus my question is if prolonged use - even with a humidifier - has contributed to this most recent malady as it has gone on now since late spring. Any one out there have these symptoms?

Lastly, since my ahi numbers are now very low, will I be aable to wean myself off the cpap?

Mar 10, 2015
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CPAP
by: Anonymous

It is not "compressed" air it is forced air...It is forced air that keeps the airway open

Mar 10, 2015
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Not "compressed" air
by: Anonymous

Omg, so you really think cpap is similar to suba diving with compressed air.

As a certified diver I can factually tell you NO it is not. Air is "compressed" when you take an entire homes worth of regular air (not oxygen) and "compress" it into the scuba tank, hence compressed air.

A leaf blower , well blows air and does NOT compress it, hence the same as a cpap blws air. Common sense omg. My cpap is like trying to breath by sucking on a hair dryer not a scuba regulator. Huge difference.

Also, you cannot get "the bends" by sitting in your living room breathing from scuba gear all day then immediately stopping. The bends come from the oxygen compression from underwater depth, hence water pressure.

When you swimup the water pressure is less and the oxygen in your blood expands, too rapidly its called the bends and the oxygen in your blood is lime an orange in a straw, very painful very deadly, hence stroke.

Nov 16, 2014
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Is CPAP Harmful from long term exposure
by: Anonymous

I have just started using CPAP but I had to call my spine surgeon and get cleared before using this. I have had two cervical spine surgeries with lots of Titanium hardware thus wanted to be certain it was safe. I was advised as long as the bone healed and it did that it was safe to use. So I do think there are concerns that should be addressed before using CPAP.

Nov 05, 2014
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CPAP and the Bends
by: Anonymous

I think my spouse has something similar. He has the sx's of air in the joints, shoulders, neck, and muscles of the chest and back. They have reduced significantly since he stopped it, after only one pm .... anyone else?

Nov 18, 2013
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by: William

I understand the need for CPAP what my question is : what are the side effects of long term use of forced air on the lungs and body? I guess no one has done a study. Surly not a natural state to be in even if it does keep the air way open.

Nov 18, 2013
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Is CPAP Harmful from Long Term Exposure?
by: Terry

CPAP is design to keep your airway open not to fill your lungs with air. If your airway is kept open you breathe normally. I think the question is what illness's does sleep apnea cause if left untreated, heart failure, stroke, depression, etc, etc, etc from first hand experience I know which one I would rather do. Finally I have only been using CPAP for 2 and a half years but have never heard of anyone having complications from using a CPAP machine but have heard of heaps of people dying from diagnosed sleep apnea.

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