I'm new to the use of cpap, too. I googled cpap help and found an online guy who gives reviews after personally trying out a variety of masks. I found that to be very helpful. I actually wound up buying a mask not reviewed by him but quite similar to one he was reviewing. What was good about using the review site was that I had my own questions addressed, and learned about new questions i hadn't tho't to ask in regard to individual masks. It was a worthwhile experience.
I had waited for my local sleep clinic to contact me so I could see what was available, but when I went to the facility, they only had a few masks to show, even fewer to actually try on, and my overall impression was their primary interest was to get me to utilize them exclusively for ALL my apnea needs (i.e., they just wanted me to show them the money).
In the end, I used the link I found thru my google search, this forum, and my own personal physician to sort thru the myriad of questions and concerns I had. And I buy my equipment from a wonderful dealer online who is reliable, attentive and knowledgable. I won't be using our local sleep clinic anymore for this stuff.
By the way, I use Tap Pap, which I love.
(06-19-2013, 05:58 AM)CoreyCorey Wrote: Hello. I am a 53 y/o man who had undiagnosed sleep apnea my entire life. Always sleepy, took an hour laying in bed + shower + bucket of coffee to wake up, etc. Finally went for a sleep test and I was diagnosed.
I have been on CPAP therapy for the past 7 days and my life has changed for the best! I wish I did this 20 years ago. I can name 5 things that have improved so far but that's not the point.
They started me on a nasal pillow mask - the ResMed Swift FX. It worked great except after a few days it started to irritate my nostrils and hurt my nose. I called my doc to complain and he wrote a prescription for a full face mask and sent it to the respiratory supply company. They were supposed to send a tech to fit me for an alternate mask.
When I came home yesterday the respiratory company left a full face mask on my doorknob (Comfortgel Blue). No note, no anything. I took it out of the bag and tried it on but I don't think it fits right.
I am at a loss. Is there such a thing as a show room where you can go and get fitted for a mask that fits perfectly? Or is it just trial and error. I am in the NY Metro area but I would be willing to drive an hour to find a place where I could try on different masks to find one that fits.
In the meantime, I will go back to the nasal pillows and deal with the painful nose because I can't imagine living life as a sleepy-head any more.
Thanks - I appreciate any help you offer.