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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05-30-2015, 11:57 PM
(This post was last modified: 05-30-2015, 11:59 PM by TyroneShoes.)
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.
05-31-2015, 01:32 AM
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(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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