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Cant breathe with my new apap machine
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SideSleeper Offline

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Joined: Oct 2015

Machine: PR DS560HS REMstar Auto-A Flex+ +
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Respironics Wisp
Humidifier: Respironics System One
CPAP Pressure: APAP 11-11
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Female
Location: Western Oregon

Post: #11
RE: Cant breathe with my new apap machine
Way to go! I have a partially stuffed nose all day--continually blowing it. I'm allergic to the nasel sprays like Flonase and most others so I have to live with it. From the first day on CPAP I used the Sinus Rinse--hate it since it takes a little time at night but keeps my nose clear. In four months I've only gotten plugged up twice. I also used Mentholatum right after the rinse when I had a cold to keep things going until my humidified air started. I originally had a 20 minute ramp set at 5 I think--I was on straight pressure 11. I couldn't breathe--turned it off right away. My DME changed my Flex (EPR) setting to 3 from 2 and I was fine. I've played around with the Flex setting--currently at 2
01-22-2016 12:52 AM
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monikah123 Offline

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Posts: 33
Joined: Apr 2016

Machine: Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset for Her
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: P10 with breathe-right strips
Humidifier: built in
CPAP Pressure: 12.5
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: 2 months of mask hell, now using a P10

Sex: Female
Location: Canada

Post: #12
RE: Cant breathe with my new apap machine
(01-21-2016 11:29 PM)ezdrifler Wrote:  GUYS !! IM SO HAPPY!! I SLEPT GOOD FOR 2.5 HOURS IN A NAP!!

I finally got a hold of the kaiser sleep clinic, They recommended i increase the humidifier setting from the original factory default.

I learned about preheating so i did and cranked it up to 5

My nose was clear the whole time and my AHI dropped from 12.50 to 1.78


That's awesome. So happy for you!
05-28-2016 04:42 AM
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surferdude2 Offline

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Posts: 1,046
Joined: Jul 2014

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Mirage Quattro & Optilife
Humidifier: ResMed H5i @ #3 if nose breathing & #5 if mouth breathing
CPAP Pressure: 12 ~ 20 & 11 ~12 if nasal mask
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Late stage 2 emphysema

Sex: Male
Location: Mousetown, Southern Illinois

Post: #13
RE: Cant breathe with my new apap machine
Use of the humidifier preheat function is often overlooked when dealing with stuffiness problems. That's unfortunate since it can be the answer in many cases. It can take in excess of an hour for the water in a humidifier to reach the proper temperature for humidifying at the set rate but with preheating it can be there from the very start of mask-up.

As a shortcut, for when I forget to turn the preheat on soon enough, I preheat the water in my microwave oven - 2 cups of water in a pyrex measuring cup heated on high setting for 30 seconds does the trick.

05-28-2016 08:32 AM
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