(12-17-2015, 02:12 AM)TheSleepingDead Wrote: I've been using my CPAP for about 4 weeks now. I have already had to change from a mask that covers my nose and mouth to a nose pillow because of leaks due to facial hair.
My problem now is it is hard to exhale. I feel like I am having to really push the air out instead of just letting my lungs deflate. I feel like the pressure may be too high but I don't know how to change it. It is only set to 12 but I would like to try it at maybe 10 or 11.
Does anybody else have this problem? Am I alone in this?
Your profile doesn't state which system one you have. If you are using a straight Cpap setting of 12, you can set a CFLEX Setting of 1,2, or 3 to give exhale pressure relief, with 3 giving the most relief.
If you are having trouble exhaling, then set it to 3. When you breath out, this will give you the most pressure relief. This is a comfort setting, and you should utilize it if needed.
You cannot use AFLEX unless you are using an auto mode.
Just turn the round knob until flex is highlighted. Press down and make correct setting. You can do this from your menu or the clinical menu.
I wouldn't change your pressure setting until you start looking at your data and have a reason to lower it. Changing your pressure has nothing to do with exhale relief.
Order your clinicians manual, see top of page, (CPAP Setup Manuals), so you will know how to make changes to your machine.