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Machine: REMstar Auto A-Flex
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Mask Make & Model: Respironics Amara
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CPAP Pressure: 6.0 cmH20
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Post: #1
Fixed CPAP Pressure 6
Hi again guy's,

I have found that my pressure setting of 6 to be quite strong. When i wear my mask the air is really cold and definitely feels like it is giving me the pressure i felt regularly when i woke during my titration study at home. The pressure was automatically set at 4-18 for two weeks, and i used to wake during the night with the same feeling i am getting now with the fixed pressure of 6. So i must have woken at that pressure?

So i think the pressure of 6 is where maybe my data showed i doing good on i don't know, It will take a bit of getting used to. I must say i do find it powerful enough! Do any of you guy's get that feeling when you use your CPAP?

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05-29-2015 12:17 PM
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Sleeprider Offline
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Post: #2
RE: Fixed CPAP Pressure 6
Are you using a humidifier?
What model is the machine you are using? Remstar Auto A-Flex could be anything from a M-series to a 550 or 650. What is it?
Your profile indicates you're not using software. How can you make adjustments or determine their efficacy without looking? Get some software.

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05-29-2015 12:21 PM
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Machine: RemStar Sys1 560P
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Ultra Mirage
Humidifier: Sys1
CPAP Pressure: 8 - 20 auto / 8.9 avg
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Post: #3
RE: Fixed CPAP Pressure 6
I often wake up with the mask leaking a bit and the pressure a bit higher than normal - and flow mostly just the machine trying to compensate for the leak. During these moments I haven't tried to read what the machine is saying ... I'm unsure whether the display is updated as the machine changes pressure in AUTO-P mode... it may just show the setting.
05-29-2015 12:23 PM
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Machine: REMstar System One with Autoflex
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Quattro AirFit F10
Humidifier: yes typical setting = 4
CPAP Pressure: 5-13 Autotritrating CPAP
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Post: #4
RE: Fixed CPAP Pressure 6
Yes, the machine usually does display the pressure it is at, at the moment you are looking. If it happens to be ramping up, it will steadily change.

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05-29-2015 09:57 PM
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Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 For Her
Humidifier: REMStar heated humidifier with heated hose
CPAP Pressure: Auto Cpap 10-13 AFLEX 1
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Started CPAP Therapy October 23, 2014

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Post: #5
RE: Fixed CPAP Pressure 6
(05-29-2015 12:21 PM)Sleeprider Wrote:  Are you using a humidifier?
What model is the machine you are using? Remstar Auto A-Flex could be anything from a M-series to a 550 or 650. What is it?
Your profile indicates you're not using software. How can you make adjustments or determine their efficacy without looking? Get some software.


Agree with Sleeprider,
Don't know how you determine pressure settings without looking at data. Thinking-about
You can request the clinical manual for your machine (top of page), that is once you know what model machine you are using!

Then download SleepyHead. Do you know what your AHI reading is?

Also, it is hard to help you because you keep starting new threads with the same questions.

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05-30-2015 06:50 AM
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CPAP Pressure: 10-14
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Post: #6
RE: Fixed CPAP Pressure 6
I have a hard time understanding this, because I have a pressure of 10-14, and before I doze off, I actually have to pull the mask away to even know for sure that the machine is on. IOW, it bothers me not in the least. No EPR, no ramp, nothing. That a straight pressure of 6 is even perceptible boggles my mind, because a starting pressure of 10 is barely perceptible to me.

But it could be the mask. Much of what we want in a mask is comfort around the nose, mouth, headgear, etc. But how the mask is constructed can also affect the airflow. The physical shape of the mask will cause more or less Venturi effect turbulence depending on that construction, and possibly that turbulence is what is annoying rather than the pressure or airflow itself. One mask may cause less of this turbulence than a different mask, and even two masks that are similar, such as the Swift FX and the Airfit P10, can have noticeable differences in how perceptible the airflow is, even at the same low pressure.

So, I would try a different mask. The A10 seems to not cause these problems at all, in my experience.
(This post was last modified: 05-30-2015 11:59 PM by TyroneShoes.)
05-30-2015 11:57 PM
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Post: #7
RE: Fixed CPAP Pressure 6
(05-29-2015 12:17 PM)Sweet Birdsong Wrote:  So i think the pressure of 6 is where maybe my data showed i doing good on[ly] i don't know, It will take a bit of getting used to. I must say i do find it powerful enough! Do any of you guy's get that feeling when you use your CPAP?

A pressure of 6 can feel strong when we are just starting CPAP therapy. But we get used to it.

In future, if you ever feel like you are not getting enough air, like it is slightly too hard to breath *in* enough air, like you are feeling slightly smothered from the low pressure, just ask for the pressure to be raised by another cmH2O, so that you are not uncomfortable.

You should definitely ask for a full copy of the report which was sent to your doctor (preferably including sleep data) from the titration. You have a right to a copy, for your own records.

Get a copy of your prescription, too. Again, for your own records. You may need it some day.

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05-31-2015 01:32 AM
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