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First three weeks
#1
First three weeks
Hi folks.  I'm trying to get used to this machine as it's been difficult.

I'm finding that I'm getting claustrophobic.  I need to settle down to a low breathing rate for this to work off the start.  As if it's not delivering enough flowrate.  

Is this common?  

How can I fix this?

I'm not liking this experience so far.  I've gone just short of 4 hours max.  

Any pointers on how to make this thing tolerable?  I've ripped it off a couple of times.  And it blows a lot of air and I have to fully take up to turn the stupid thing off.

Any insight and advice fully appreciated.

Cheers

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daBee in Toronto
Unit: MesRed AirSense 10 Autoset
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#2
RE: First three weeks
min of 5 cmw may be too low for you. try raising it a cmw at a time. if you experience runaway pressure at the upper end, reduce your max pressure one cmw at a time. post your oscar charts for others to comment on.
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#3
RE: First three weeks
Sounds like a plan.

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daBee in Toronto
Unit: MesRed AirSense 10 Autoset
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#4
RE: First three weeks
(11-10-2019, 06:58 PM)daBee Wrote: Hi folks.  I'm trying to get used to this machine as it's been difficult.

I'm finding that I'm getting claustrophobic.  I need to settle down to a low breathing rate for this to work off the start.  As if it's not delivering enough flowrate.  

Is this common?  How can I fix this?

I'm not liking this experience so far.  I've gone just short of 4 hours max.  

Any pointers on how to make this thing tolerable?  I've ripped it off a couple of times.  And it blows a lot of air and I have to fully take up to turn the stupid thing off.

Any insight and advice fully appreciated.

Cheers

Hi Welcome!

This link might of some use  Mask Primer

If you search there will be many threads that start with the few statements below and quickly start moving toward success.  

Download and install OSCAR   Daily pull the SD Card from your machine and load the nights results into OSCAR so you can see what is really going on.  

Organize and attach your charts to posts in this thread and the group will help you work it all through.  
  Organize Charts 

  Attaching Charts 

Soon in the conversation we often encourage people to try a collar or neck rest but we should see your charts first  Soft Cervical Collar

WillSleep

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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RE: First three weeks
Welcome to the forum.

Is this common? Very common.

Set your min pressure to 6 and EPR =2 full time.

Make sure you have an SD Card in your machine and download OSCAR so we can help you further.  See the organization link in my signature for what charts to include.
Fred Bonjour - Project Manager and Lead Tester for OSCAR - Open Source CPAP Analysis Reporter 
OSCAR

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New to Apnea? Helpful tips to ensure success
Soft Cervical Collar
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#6
RE: First three weeks
OK, my laptop is tiny, so two screenshots:

   

   

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daBee in Toronto
Unit: MesRed AirSense 10 Autoset
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#7
RE: First three weeks
set your min pressure to 6, there is no need to change the EPR.
To get used to the CPAP try using it while doing something you like, watch TV, Read a book, play games on your phone.

Your AHI here is zero which is extremely unusual, Why are you on CPAP? Can you post copies of your sleep tests.
Fred Bonjour - Project Manager and Lead Tester for OSCAR - Open Source CPAP Analysis Reporter 
OSCAR

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New to Apnea? Helpful tips to ensure success
Soft Cervical Collar
Mask Primer
Dealing with a DME
Organize Charts
Attaching Charts

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#8
RE: First three weeks
I don't have a copy of my tests.  Control by Ontario healthcare.  Yay.  

Anyway I'm often 0.0.  I've sat here using this thing, but sleeping is awkward.  My tests show >90 episodes per hour.  With the machine, I'm good.  But claustrophobic at the beginning and a severe PITA.

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Unit: MesRed AirSense 10 Autoset
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#9
RE: First three weeks
Why claustrophobic? Are you currently claustrophobic? Have you tried P10 pillow mask? It is good to know we are only working on your comfort.
Fred Bonjour - Project Manager and Lead Tester for OSCAR - Open Source CPAP Analysis Reporter 
OSCAR

Download OSCAR
New to Apnea? Helpful tips to ensure success
Soft Cervical Collar
Mask Primer
Dealing with a DME
Organize Charts
Attaching Charts

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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#10
RE: First three weeks
It looks as though you have a long ramp with a pressure of 4. For many people, a pressure that low makes it hard to breathe. Either raise the ramp pressure to 6 or turn the ramp off. Let us know if you notice a difference.

Also, you might try setting the machine up during the day so you can read or watch TV while using it. This can help your body adapt to the feel of the mask and the pressure.

Most importantly, your reactions are pretty normal, and with a little patience and some adjustments, your therapy truly will get better.

Keep us posted!
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