(04-27-2016, 08:36 AM)puglady Wrote: I love my resmed 8. Really, really love it. But now I have a Airsense 10. I have tried everything but I can't breathe through it.
You haven't tried everything. You haven't told us what AirSense 10 model you have and you haven't told us what your pressure settings are.
It says your model name on the lower right corner of the front side. AirSense 10 and then maybe something like "Elite" or "AutoSet."
We also need to see what your pressure settings are. There are a couple of settings for ramp and some pressure settings. We need to know what they are.
We also need to know what S8 model you had.
(04-27-2016, 05:26 PM)puglady Wrote: My therapist thinks I'm nuts as she claims all her patients have no problems. (which we all know is impossible) I will keep trying the resmed10. She swapped out my old machine for a new one today. Wish me luck.
You're probably talking about your DME, who may or may not be a "therapist." Many DME's are basically useless in terms of managing your therapy. You're lucky if they set the machine up correctly, much less that they fix any problems. You need to learn to fix things yourself.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check for yourself.
I can tell you what's probably wrong. Your CPAP pressure is too low at the start. Either the DME has turned on a "Ramp" function and you're starting with a low pressure, or you have an AutoSet machine and they have set it up to start at too low a pressure, relying on the "auto" function to find the "right" pressure.
Either of these settings will cause your machine to start with a low pressure when you first turn it on, and only go to the actual pressure you need later.
DME's and many therapists and doctors have this stupid idea that low pressure is more comfortable. Unfortunately, at a low pressure, you rebreathe more of your own exhaled air and it may feel like you're suffocating. The machine needs to start at a high enough pressure that you can breathe clean air.
It's also possible that the pressure is simply set wrong.
I don't have an S8 or AirSense 10, but they usually have something on the display that shows you the pressure it's blowing when you start. Try your S8 and your A10 machine and look for some sort of number on the display when you start.
I think on the A10, it will show the current pressure inside a little circle. Tell us what it shows on the screen when you first start the machine. It probably says pressure and then some numbers, and then has another number within a circle. If the light goes out, press the home button or the knob to turn the light back on. Take a picture and post it if need be.
Get the setup manual for your machine from the "CPAP Setup Manuals" link at the top of this page and figure out how to read the settings on your machine. Or get the free SleepyHead software and use it to read your SD card. It will tell you what your settings are on your A10 machine. SleepyHead is a really great thing to have, even if you're not having problems.
Try turning the ramp off, if it's used. You can probably turn it off in the menu you access through the knob on the front.
Your DME or other members of the medical mafia may not like you messing with your own settings or learning about your machine. They might even tell you it's illegal to change your settings or look at your data. Corrupt organizations are very sensitive about their turf.