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Blockage during exhale - Uvula/Soft Palate
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RE: Blockage during exhale - Uvula/Soft Palate
(12-18-2013, 03:44 PM)jgjones1972 Wrote: I strongly second the recommendation to see an ENT about it...the sleep tech wasn't qualified to handle your problem, threw the chin strap at you just to get you out the door.  ENT should definitely be able to figure out what the problem is.  GP or Internist might be able to figure out and fix problem, if not can refer you to a good ENT.

Whatever is going on, I don't think blockage on exhale is a very common problem and it really needs to be addressed/checked out by a good doc.

Sleep-well

I talked to two, they both seemed clueless.  I couldn't believe it. It is NOT that hard to understand!
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RE: Blockage during exhale - Uvula/Soft Palate
(12-19-2013, 10:33 AM)Sleepster Wrote: Sewing a tennis ball into the back of an old t-shirt is a good way to keep you from sleeping on your back.  My apnea is much worse when I'm on my back.  I think I've conditioned myself over the years to instinctively avoid sleeping on my back because it does cause my airway to collapse.  I have noticed that, like you, I get a blockage on exhale.  It happened during my sleep study.

the problem is that a lot of people need to be able to sleep on their back due to arthritis issues.

 I am seriously thinking of buying a M.A.T. (medical and therapeutic) positioning system to just sleep on my stomach comfortably from time to time.
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RE: Blockage during exhale - Uvula/Soft Palate
(12-12-2018, 09:55 PM)terriergal Wrote:
(12-19-2013, 10:33 AM)Sleepster Wrote: Sewing a tennis ball into the back of an old t-shirt is a good way to keep you from sleeping on your back.  My apnea is much worse when I'm on my back.  I think I've conditioned myself over the years to instinctively avoid sleeping on my back because it does cause my airway to collapse.  I have noticed that, like you, I get a blockage on exhale.  It happened during my sleep study.

the problem is that a lot of people need to be able to sleep on their back due to arthritis issues.

 I am seriously thinking of buying a M.A.T. (medical and therapeutic) positioning system to just sleep on my stomach comfortably from time to time.

I tried the M.A.T. and it was hard as rock, sent it back.  I  do have a portable massage table with face cradle that i set up when I'm desperate, in order to sleep on my front without having to have my neck in a bad position. But it's not as comfortable as an actual mattress.
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RE: Blockage during exhale - Uvula/Soft Palate
Have you tried increasing the min pressure 1cm at a time to see if the increased air splint will clear it? It worked for me and may be worth trying.
mask fit http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ask_Primer
For auto-cpap from machine data, or software. Set the min pressure at 'med' median pressure or 90% OR 2cm below 95% pressure. max pressure at 20cm for now. Forum will help you fine tune settings
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RE: Blockage during exhale - Uvula/Soft Palate
For me, increasing EPAP up to 15.2 did not resolve the exhale blockage nor showed much improvement over regular EPAP=9, 10.
Even higher EPAP pressure might splint it but that high pressure was already very disruptive to sleep, much more than the few episodes of palatal prolapse.
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RE: Blockage during exhale - Uvula/Soft Palate
Yes.  I had it up to 13 and all I ended up with was a stomach full of air (if i prevented air leaking from my mouth) or (without such prevention) my mouth  blowing open and waking me up. And the palate still flapped shut like a heart valve sealing against the back flow.
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RE: Blockage during exhale - Uvula/Soft Palate
(03-04-2019, 03:19 AM)yrnkrn Wrote: For me, increasing EPAP up to 15.2 did not resolve the exhale blockage nor showed much improvement over regular EPAP=9, 10.
Even higher EPAP pressure might splint it but that high pressure was already very disruptive to sleep, much more than the few episodes of palatal prolapse.

I agree, I have the same exact problem.
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