A little background on my issues. I had a sleep test done on July 3 2011 and was diagnosed with OSA with an AHI of 29.1 and pressure of 11. The day after the sleep test I felt great, even with being woken up to have the mask put on. I was prescribed a machine and mask and had the lady from a local hme give me the run down.
My first mask was a full and I just couldn't get the hang of it. They changed me to a Swift LT nasal pillow. I started using it and was doing ok but still not sleeping through the night and still not feeling rested. I called the hme to see if I could try a different mask and found out they were out of business and I was being serviced by Lincare. Could get nothing out of them. It was so bad I told them to come and get the machine. They wouldn't do that so I basically just stopped using it after about 6 months of getting no relief. I didn't know about this forum then.
I purchased a mouthpiece and it seemed to work. At least it stopped my snoring so my wife could get some rest. But now it doesn't seem to be helping and I am walking around in a fog.
Last night I decided to try the swift LT again. Now we get to the real problem. I put the mask on for about half an hour to get used to it. I was starting to doze off but would arouse with the feeling I couldn't breath. I did finally fall asleep but woke up with the same feeling about an hour later, feeling like I couldn't breath. This was the issue before when I gave up the machine. After these episodes I usually just turn the machine off for the night.
Sorry for the long post but any suggestions would be appreciated so I can start to feel better. I do have sleepyhead downloaded but don't have any data to enter yet.
Even if you haven't been able to sleep with the mask yet you do have some results that could help. Give them to Sleepyhead and verify what your pressure readings are actually doing. Your sidebar says 11, which is certainly high enough that you shouldn't be having a problem feeling like you can't breath, so perhaps something else is going on. In Sleepyhead you will see if you have had any events during that "twilight" time when you think you're going to sleep but you end up waking back up thinking you can't breath. It could be you are not breathing, which could be caused by excessive CA events.
But the name of the game is you need some stats.
So............... Use the machine, make sure it's running at your prescribed pressure, make sure you are not sleeping on your back, and feed the results to Sleepyhead so you can begin to find out what's going on.
Finally, the one thing I absolutely know that will not cure sleep apnea is to quit using the machine. So make up your mind to not entertain that as an option. You can figure this thing out even if it takes different masks, a different machine or whatever.
I am new to cpap and while some of these guys think 11 isn't much, when my out pressure gets up there (would be 13 for me since I am using an epr of 2) I feel like I can't breath OUT. This makes me feel like I can't breathe. Now, my sleep doc (who is himself a hosehead) said not to be so fast to think it is the pressure too high, but maybe not high enough to keep you breathing, so bear that in mind, but I am fairly certain it is the sensation of breathing against that 11 and I am just not accustomed to it. Could be that you would do much better on an APAP with some EPR.