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Jeff S Offline

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Joined: Aug 2012

Machine: remstar auto with a-flex
Mask Type: Nasal mask
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Humidifier: unsure
CPAP Pressure: 14
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Male
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Post: #1
Question Belching air
I have used CPAP for about 10 years, with great results. About a month ago, I noticed that small "belches" of air were periodically coming out of my mouth, often waking me up. (I use a nasal mask) I don't have any sensation of it coming from anyplace, just forcing my lips open and emitting air. Could this mean a pressure issue (low/ high?). In addition (connected?) about a week ago I experienced a hypopnea. I was sleeping, and felt a pounding as I slept. It woke me up. My heart was beating very strongly, and I was gasping for air. I have never had that before or since. It could have been due to my sleep position or a temporarily stuffed nose. Could this also be a pressure issue? Thanking you in advance, Jeff S
08-23-2013 11:59 AM
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STL Mark Offline

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Posts: 44
Joined: Jul 2013

Machine: Resmed S9 VPAP Adapt 36037
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Quattro Air
Humidifier: Resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: Original Titration: 18 cm H2O
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Mode: ASVAuto, Min EPAP: 4, Max EPAP: 15, Min PS: 3, Max PS: 15, Ramp: Off

Sex: Male
Location: Saint Louis, MO USA

Post: #2
RE: Belching air
I believe I would be talking with a doctor about these symptoms. It appears you don't use software on your machine, so maybe a new sleep study is in order to determine if your settings are correct and if your machine is meeting your needs.
08-23-2013 12:33 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Posts: 6,452
Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: Belching air
Hi Jeff,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more responses to your post and best of luck.

trish6hundred
08-23-2013 02:35 PM
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RonWessels Offline

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Posts: 465
Joined: Jun 2013

Machine: REMstar Auto AFlex DS560TS
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ComfortGel Blue
Humidifier: REMstar Heated Tube DS6T
CPAP Pressure: 11 - 20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: CMS50F Pulse Oximeter

Sex: Male
Location: Ontario, Canada

Post: #4
RE: Belching air
Your profile lists a single pressure implying a fixed-pressure CPAP treatment, but you also list an auto-CPAP machine.

Assuming you are on single-pressure CPAP treatment, suddenly experiencing mouth leakage after years of successful usage is just bizarre. The "sudden" onset of apneas and hypopneas might be that your treatment requirements have changed sufficiently that your current settings are simply inadequate.

Assuming you are on auto-CPAP treatment, things might make a bit more sense. As above, it may be that your treatment requirements have changed as you have aged (it happens), or as a result of your sleep position, and that the pressure requirement (and supplied by the device) has recently increased to the point where your previous success in keeping your mouth sealed is being overpowered. As well, it may be that the pressure requirement has reached the upper limit of your auto-CPAP upper-limit setting. That last could allow apneas and hypopneas to again occur, resulting in your recent experience.

You might consider downloading the SleepyHead software and examining the recorded data on the SD card. That should tell you more about what was happening that night. Other than that, consulting with your doctor and possibly having another sleep study would also be worthwhile.
08-26-2013 03:50 PM
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