I was in your shoes earlier as well. I found out that my sleep study was in error. I was told I MUST sleep on my back for the study, They told me I had severe Apnea and my pressure was set at 17. it about blew me off the bed. I talked to my doctor who said, if you sleep on your side, I don't know why they made you sleep on your back, let's try going back to about 6 and then we will move up as needed. Well, my number is only 6 to 8 NOT 17!!!!!
I am not advising you to do anything but to ask your doctor if you can be monitored beginning on a lower pressure and then move from there. This worked for me and my AHI has been about the 0.23 - 0.94 rate for a month. Also I am using a nasal pillow which I now have leak rates that are very low. Good luck, baby steps are better in my opinion.
Hey Dustpicc, welcome to the forum and to a (hopefully) improved life! Once you get over the hurdles of this machine, you will find you have more energy and just plain feel better!
As to the mask thing, I'm not sure why your doctor wants you to do certain things a certain way, but I do know that with my nasal mask if the pressure jumps up really high I have a problem keeping a seal on it. I believe I read somewhere that nasal masks are only appropriate for pressures under 15 or something like that. That may be what your doctor is talking about.
As to your pressure, you can always talk to the doctor about lowering it and then gradually stepping it back up. This would help with the air in your stomach as well as give you some time to get used to the pressure. There is a button on the top of your machine next to the knob that has a triangle on it. This is the ramp button and will lower the pressure to whatever the doctor had them set it to and over a period of time (again dependent on what the doc had it set to, but is usually like 20 minutes or so) will gradually come up to full pressure.
Overall, I think you really need to talk to your doctor about this. You need to have a frank discussion with him to prevent becoming so frustrated you quit using the machine.
As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.
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I would talk to your doc about lowering your pressure for a bit 'til you get used to it.
I'm sorry you are having such a rough time with your therapy but I encourage you to stick with it, don't give up, it does get better as you use it.
Best of luck to you.