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Trooper Offline

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Machine: Respironics remstar plus c-flex
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Quattro air
Humidifier: Unsure
CPAP Pressure: 10
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Male

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Brick CPAP machine causing bloating
I finally gotten used to my machine after trying several types of mask. However, one problem remains. When I wake up I feel bloated from swallowing too much air. I initially thought it had to do with the mask, so I switched to a full face. I tried the straps to no avail.
Anyone experienced this, and if so what was the solution?

12-02-2014 09:27 PM
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Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm

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Location: western NC, USA

Post: #2
RE: CPAP machine causing bloating
Yes, it is called aerophagia. It doesn't matter the mask, it is more about position.

Do a forum search for that term and see all the stuff that comes up!

For most of us, it goes away with time.

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12-02-2014 10:35 PM
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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.

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Post: #3
RE: CPAP machine causing bloating
Hi Trooper,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hopefully the bloating will subside over time.
If it is really bothering you, you might talk to your dock about it.
Hang in there for more suggestions and much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.

12-02-2014 11:06 PM
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Machine: S9 VPAP Adapt (USA Model# 36007, not better 36037 or 36067)
Mask Type: Full face mask
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Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 15 EPAP, PS 5-10
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: Marfan Syndrome, chronic bradycardia, occasional Cheyne-Stokes Respiration

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Location: California, USA

Post: #4
RE: CPAP machine causing bloating
(12-02-2014 09:27 PM)Trooper Wrote:  I finally gotten used to my machine after trying several types of mask.

Hi Trooper,

Looks like you are just starting out. It's great that you are making progress.

I think a bigger problem than aerophagia (in the long term, at least) is that your machine is not data capable.

If you have very recently received your machine, if it would be at all possible, please do yourself a huge favor by taking the Remstar "Plus" machine back to the supplier and saying you'll be changing to a supplier who will sell you a fully data-capable machine, not the "brick" they are trying to pass off on you.

(After claiming it is not possible to make a change, if you stick to your guns and insist they take it back, they will probably exchange the machine for a "Pro" or an "Auto" model which reports full data, including "Flow" data. The "Flow" is the rate of airflow in your lungs during inhalation and exhalation, and is often very useful for spotting various problems, so that the therapy settings can be better optimized for you, so you will have a greater chance of full success in achieving best health benefits.)

For your own sake, I think you are going to need to be polite but assertive about getting a better machine.

Before returning the machine, though, I suggest you first contact your health insurance company to see what other Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers are in your insurance network. You can call each of them until you find one who would be happy to supply a fully data-capable machine, in order to win your business. (In my view, by forcing on you a "brick" they have already reneged on their duty to provide adequate equipment, and, if possible, it would be best to simply return the machine and change suppliers.)

I suggest you consider carefully these recommendations for machine choices:

Take care,
--- Vaughn

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(This post was last modified: 12-03-2014 01:39 AM by vsheline.)
12-03-2014 01:09 AM
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Ghost1958 Offline

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Post: #5
RE: CPAP machine causing bloating
My wife had a lot of trouble with that same problem. One was her getting used to pressure.

But two other things contribute to it as I have watched her after she goes to sleep. If shes has post nasal drip from a cold etc the humidity will clear her out but she will swallow quite a bit thru the night as it does. She will invariably wake up with worse "gas" at those times.

Also if she has leaks of any consequence the same will happen because of her mouth drying out and her swallowing because of that.

Thankfully we have gotten both problems pretty much under control once she got used to breathing pressurized air. Now she only has the occasional morning of some burping but not the distended belly and pain.
12-03-2014 02:08 AM
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