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?