WELCOME! to the forum.!
The mask can be the most challenging part of this therapy, so don't be shy about asking to try different ones
till you find one that works well for you.
Hang in there and don't give up, you're just getting started.
Good luck to you on your CPAP journey, stick around for more responses to your post.
Welcome to the forum 89Lou31..
+1 for what richb said.
I'm a relatively new user, the first two months where crap.. trying to get used to wearing the stupid thing in the first place, then trying to work out the mask issue as well.
I was fortunate that the clinic supplying my test equipment was very good, they set me up with a Dreamstation set on auto to get pressure measurements for my respiratory specialist to assess.
The original mask they loaned me was a Fisher & Paykel Eson mask, then they swapped me over to a nose pillow mask after a couple of weeks to see how I went with that..... oh what crap that was, so back to the Eson nose pillow after a week.
It is trial and error for some aspects, but if you have a good clinician they should have you set up close to what you need from the start, it will just require fine tuning to get fully comfortable with it all.
I ended up buying a brand new Dreamstation, complete with the F&P Eson nose mask, all set up identical to the loan machine and mask originally supplied for the trial period.
The clinic gave me a good discount on it all, and they set up the new unit to all the same settings I was using on the loaner.
I need reports cleared by my specialist now on a 12 monthly basis to keep my commercial/truck driving licence.
The clinic is going to access my Dreamstation remotely to download data when I call and ask them to, then they will send the report to my specialist for him to assess and sign off on.
You will get your set up sorted out, it may be frustrating during doing so, but with advice from here I'm sure you will get it figured out in conjunction with your specialist and your CPAP supplier.
Finding the right mask and learning how to adjust it for your particular face and therapy pressure is a major hurdle. Try several and get it the best it can be.
The next hurdle is to accept the fact that you must start with a lower pressure than you will eventually need. Abruptly starting with a pressure that is going to cause you to lose sleep and suffer with mask leaks is counter productive, so react accordingly. I hate analogies but I will say this is like going to the gym to get in shape. you don't get it done all that quickly. Likewise, you have to stick with it to maintain your gains. Patience, patience and more patients then perseverance, perseverance and more perseverance. It get better, believe me.
Most importantly, avail yourself of all the help you can get from your doctor and DME supplier. Mask trials are free at most DME's so find one you can stand. Many time a doctor will have the DME hand a patient a cpap unit that is set to pressures that are intolerable so discuss that with your doctor. The DME is pretty well stuck with whatever your doctor prescribed so you will have to advocate with him for any changes unless you want to take them on yourself. Many people do that.
Lastly, and equally important, keep posting here since there are some very experienced people here who can help you along the way. They are much more accessible than most doctors and often give better advice. I'm not saying to ignore your doctor or DME's advice but feel free to get a second opinion here when you have trouble.
Thank you for the input. I was dismayed that there was no advice other than changing the mask style. I contacted Phillips and they suggested I go to a Wisp. It's a better fit. The machine is louder. I've adapted to the noise but my partner has not. Guess we'll get soft ear plugs. I'm still trying to adapt to the harness that holds the mask and I think I've finally found the correct fit.