06-22-2016, 08:37 AM
Well, fellow PAP'ers, I have reached the end of my rope on stopping leaks. I have monitored and followed about every suggestion from these boards, four masks both pillow and FFM, chinstraps (two different types), tongue-to-roof-of-mouth, mouth guard, yada yada yada.
I am an active sleeper, but not a mouth breather, and because my AHI is generally in the 1 - 3 range and I feel better I am just going to live with the leaks, which range widely (FFM worse than pillows) between 0 and 25%, seemingly at random. at this point I am going to be satisfied at keeping leaks below 10% and happy at below 5%. All the effort I have put into eliminating them is just not worth the trouble to me.
I know some of you all feel differently and may have tried many more masks and solutions than me, which I certainly understand, but I am done.
I wish I could get down to 25% - I would be thrilled, so I completely understand your frustration and decision.
I am not a Medical professional and I don't play one on the internet.
Started CPAP Therapy April 5, 2016
I'd Rather Be Sleeping
06-22-2016, 09:11 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-22-2016, 09:13 AM by Kris the Crone.)
Snowbird, you have done so much to try to alleviate the leaks, and I get how frustrating it has been for you. Glad your AHIs are low and that you are feeling better, and it is understandable that you are done with trying to fix the leaks. I am only 13 days into using a machine, have large leaks ranging from 0.02% to 17% seemingly randomly, and I am wondering how my quest to keep the large leaks down will go. My latest discovery was that two nights ago when I was too tired to take a shower and didn't wash my face before bed, my LL spiked way up that night to 17%. Well, yeah, the skin oils that had generated and the fact that I had put lotion on my dried out face during the day compromised the seal on my FFM. Last night LL went down to a more normal 5%. So that's one thing I can do to maybe keep the leaks down. I am also concentrating on adjusting the mask correctly. I can see by your list that I have a long way to go to exhaust the possibilities.
"Perseverance, secret of all triumphs."