I don't think the CPAP is likely to cause sinus infections. I've been using a CPAP (nasty machine) for about 8 years now. For the first 6 years or so, I had no hint of any sinus problems; then about year 7, I started getting unrelenting sinus infections. It's not clear whether or not the CPAP was to blame. I had a horrible time with the infections, as I imagine you do, and eventually went to my ENT specialist. He found out that I had serious nasal polyps. They were, he said, among the worst he had ever seen. In short order, I had surgery to remove them, and since then I have had no infections. Surgery did not, unfortunately, improve my sleep apnea, and I still have to use the CPAP. I am glad I had the surgery, since I was suffering terribly from the sinus infections, though I have to drip steroids up my nose every morning to keep things in order. What fun. One other thing, though - I had the surgery about 9 months ago, and I took up cornet about four months ago, having never played a brass instrument in my life before. I'm making rapid progress and having a lot of fun, and neither sleep apnea nor a history of sinus problems seems to be having any adverse effect on my cornet playing. Good luck! I hope you're able to get some relief and regain your range.
I use a Swift FX harness ResMed - Swift and nose pillows. Very minimalist. There's no pressure on the upper lip or anywhere that should cause chop problems.
Regarding the infections, etc. as I was reading that part of your post, the first thing that came to mind isn't the CPAP device, itself, but that you live in New Orleans. I wonder if the humidity, roach problem*, moss, mildew and other things associated with Gulf living might not be a greater problem. Also, even if your CPAP device is involved, it would be as a consequence of other influences from the above and not that you are using a CPAP, per se.
About dryness, doesn't your system have a water pan to moisten the air you breathe?
*(Don't take offense at this. I'm from Hawaii and also have lived on the Gulf Coast, so I know that one can be clean, diligent, and still have those critters sneaking around.)
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Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
I think Mr. Rowuk has convinced me to try a different setup and we will see if that improves things. I will also try the strengthening exercises.
@kehaulani yes my mine does have a moisture pan that moistens the air, I have to turn it up at least two settings more moist in the winter than I would in the warmer months.
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Old thread; new member here... Today, they pulled the splints out of my head following septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery. During the sleep study before that, they tried a nasal mask followed by a full mask on me and neither one sealed worth a damn. I am due for a follow-up appt with them where I suppose I'll get my CPAP machine, but this thread has prompted me to inquire about the nasal pillows... Any other advice is appreciated!
For now, I'm just excited about being able to breath MUCH better than I have in YEARS. Also, it occurs to me that trumpet tone is influenced in part by the player's nasal cavities, in terms of volume and resonant configuration. Since mine have now been surgically enlarged, my tone should then be more sonorous and full, correct? Sound legit(so to speak)? That's the story I'm gonna stick to for now, anyway!
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Buescher True-Tone LP 9 (1926)
Getzen Eterna (1985) 4-valve flugel
Bestler valve trombone
Getzen Field Trumpet
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too many other bugles in the collection to list
Personally, I found the nasal pillow mask much more comfortable.
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