You know, I'll give it a try. This is the first (and I say that with cautious optimism) nasal pillows that really don't feel completely uncomfortable, and I feel like trying them over and over. MY AHI has decreased since trying them (only about 5 days of trying though) and I am somewhat happy with them. I'm completely afraid to even admit that though because I'm scared of being disappointed again. I know, sounds crazy, but I've been through so many masks in the last year since I've started this journey that I am afraid of being too excited about anything. But...I've found this forum and I've downloaded the Sleepyhead software and I am firmly taking control of my own journey here. I need sleep...and it's my job to find how to get it!!! Thanks everyone!
I've just gone through a couple of weeks of a (winter) cold with APAP - initially it was good as I think the better quality sleep helped me feel more alive than might have otherwise been the case. After a few days I gave up on the nettipot that I've been using daily for months. It started causing grief with my inner ear, and I was finding that it wasn't draining as well as usual, so I ran into issues not hearing properly through one ear (this lasted days), and all kinds of unpleasant popping, etc., in my ears every time I blew my nose. Once my nose became unreliable, I switched to my full face mask which I initally managed an entire nights sleep with, followed by a couple of hours, then couldn't cope with it at all.......
Eventually the coughing started - which is really quite rare for me - and it was time to get off the machine as all that crap that had made its way into my chest needed to come out. I had to have a chest xray on Friday as I'd been coughing up green crap for a week.
I finally started my pre-cold procedure of netipot then back on with the nasal mask again last night as the coughing/gross green stuff has passed. I managed 7 hours with the mask on before I woke up struggling a little.
My only underlying concern is whether or not the therapy contributed to the chest issue in some way or if its just merely circumstancial.