I am struggling with the machine. I started with the nasal pillows then switch this past friday to the full face mask Quattro Air. It is better for me (according to the respiratory therapist) since I have on an off nasal congestion all day long (seeing ENT doctor Thursday since previous medications not working).
I have only been able to tolerate the mask for less than 5 minutes at a time during the day while awake. I have not been able to sleep with it. Both the nasal pillows and full face mask have given the same results. I feel that I am suffocating; I need to take big gulp of air in; my chest gets tight and I can't therapy. I cannot fathom going on even though I have tried and ended up with (I think) a panic attack. I spend the rest of my awaken hours gulping for air. I stopped using it all together for a week until I got the full face mask then the same thing happened with it. However, the first day with the full face mask I was able to stay longer with the mask and repeated 2-5 minute sessions probably 6 times with pause in between. I stopped because of the same symptoms described earlier. That was Friday night while awake (Oct 10). I barely slept that night when it was time to go to bed. I was afraid of sleeping because I had a panic attack after my 6 sessions of 2-5 minutes. I suddenly felt that I could not breath at all and will suffocate in my sleep. I did finally fall asleep for 4 hours (no APAP while sleeping). I tried again during the day today Sunday but seriously, I only kept it on for 10 seconds twice and my chest tighten again. I cannot fathom going back to have the mask on face again today just to try to get used to it. I have spoken to the respiratory therapist on call this weekend and he told me to try breathing slowly and to psychologically rationalized the process. I have tried but the sensation of suffocating takes over so I have to stop the machine.
I was thinking of seeing the respiratory therapist to see if maybe I need a higher air pressure. What do you think?
What do you suggest I do about this psychological blockage and possibly physical (higher pressure level?) need?
Are the sleep specialist and respiratory therapist suppose to educate and provide support through this transition/trial period of 3 months. I am just upset that they seem to be of no help.
I have started reading threads on the forum and saw the video for newbies about sleep disorders. I am pretty scared that the machine won't work for me, so what do I do? Maybe weight lost will cure me of it. I am 5'2" and 163 pounds. According to BMI I am overweight and need to loose at least 16 pounds. But this is not a quick process. I am working on it.
Thank you for reading!