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Brain fog, lack of energy -- why did dropping my EPR make such a difference?
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RE: Brain fog, lack of energy -- why did dropping my EPR make such a difference?
OK copy, sure try the therapy a bit and look to see if therapy trends appear. If you run into a speed bump you can post at any time the concern.

There's options when we post that we can select to get messaged either via email or Apnea Board PM.
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#52
RE: Brain fog, lack of energy -- why did dropping my EPR make such a difference?
There are lots of options to try and improve leaks and if it is mouth leaks those include

a) Finding more optimal settings. A common cause of mouth leaks is body mouth breathing because settings are not comfortable. I believe that usually this is because EPR or PS are not high enough so the body has trouble exhaling so instinctively opens mouth.
b) Methods of keeping mouth closed to make it harder to mouth leak. Taping, chin straps and cervical collars are all options.
c) Full face masks if you can find one that fits well and is comfortable.

We are already trying to determine best settings to deal with option a. Options b and c both have positives and negatives as they can minimize leaks but are more intrusive, all you can do is try out the different options and see if anything works good for you. Some people end up living with the leaks,

I ended up trying a full face mask and will never go back. I went from semi constant leaks to almost non existent leaks and didn't find comfort to be an issue for me.
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#53
RE: Brain fog, lack of energy -- why did dropping my EPR make such a difference?
If you want some mask homework, research the Fisher and Paykel Vitera full face mask. I've got it as my go-to whenever the QUACK doctors get me a correct machine.

You're going to find that mask selection and leak control will be the hardest aspect to conquer IMO. That doesn't mean it can't be done, because it can with patience, self advocacy, and diligence.
Dave

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