Thank you for your warm welcome!
Are you using EPR (exhalation pressure relief)? This can take away a lot of the suffocating feeling by lowering the machine pressure when you breathe out. Try a setting of 2 and see how that works. This will lower your exhalation pressure to 5 which is maybe a bit low but it might make you feel better.
If you do this then using the ramp feature is probably pointless As 5 is close to the ramp start pressure. EPR is far more effective than ramp.
Thank you! I will check out the CPAP manual for my machine. I'm sure I can learn a lot! All of the settings were done by the RT and until I found this forum, I wasn't sure that it was OK to change anything.
She (RT) had said that changes could only be made with a Dr's prescription/order. I guess I am just a naive newbie!!
I will also check on the setting of the EPR. Need to learn exactly what EPR is and does.
Time to learn……..
Thanks so much for your help!!
I think what the RT meant is that she would only make changes based on a doctor's orders. It is your machine, your therapy, and your life. You can make whatever changes you want. I'd advise patience and educating yourself over wild clicking and changes. Some people approach it like changing channels on TV. It does not work like that.
I agree with Trish that your starting pressure seems too low for comfort. Children use these same machines, worth keeping in mind.
EPR is Expiration Pressure Relief - the machine reduces the pressure when you start to exhale so you don't need to push as hard.
Finally, chairs, couches, beaches, and parks are for reading. Beds are for sleep (well, and sex). They are not for reading. Read up on and practice good sleep hygiene. It can make a big difference on your sleep quality.