07-23-2015, 09:39 PM
(This post was last modified: 07-23-2015, 09:42 PM by trish6hundred.)
WHOHOO,! that's great news, you have been struggling for a long time and it is sure paying off for you.
As much as I like my P10, I'm starting down the FFM route because my therapy needs are changing. So I join you all at the church of the full-face mask, (Ha-Ha-Ha.)
Good job on your FFM success, keep up the good work.
Same situation for me, nasal pillows but developed bad sores in my nostrils, switched to nasal mask with better results, but too many mouth leaks. Then switched to FFM and everything was better, but not perfect in terms of leaks and bridge of nose pain. I went on a FFM search and probably tried seven or eight different FFMs.......finally settled on the Simplus and added a pad a cheek liner and Bingo! Best sleep, least amount of leaks, best comfort, and best average AHI results. All of this over a period of about five years........I am convinced that the secret to CPAP acceptance and compliance for new users is finding the right mask for each individual, and sometimes it's a long road of trial and error.......my advice is to pay the small price for return insurance offered by some of the online suppliers and start experimenting on your own, don't rely on a brick and mortar DME supplier, they just tend to steer you down the wrong road. My first large company DME did more to mess me up than help me, it wasn't until I took the Bull by the Horns and struck out on my own that I was able to find the right mask for me, they didn't even use the sizing templates supplied by the manufacturers, they had me on the wrong mask and the wrong size to boot!
It takes perseverance, experimentation, a little luck, and be sure to try a good brand of mask liner too, makes a huge difference!
Glad you found the right solution for yourself, here's hoping the good results continue ;+)
Most of my leaks with any nasal or FFM happen at the top of the nose. It is why I had to go with the nasal pillows in the beginning. We just could not find one that didn't leak. When I started with the Simplus, I considered trying the Gecko pads or the pad-a-cheek but my skin is so sensitive to adhesives. I'm liking the Remzz liners for now. I tried making my own but, again, my sensitive skin didn't like any of the cloth I had to work with. The price isn't too bad. I use them about 3 nights each, toss them into a pile, then every once in a while, pull one out and use it a night or two more. I can stretch a box of 30 into just over 3 months that way. Not that I am that much a tightwad, I just think it is such a waste to toss them after just one use!
And yeah, just 'cause the Simplus works for me and some others doesn't mean it will work for everyone.
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