I'm a newbie - last night was night 2 with a FFM. The new therapist is going to talk to me about nasal pillows and learning to keep my mouth closed. Not sure how that will work. So I would like to understand more how I will be affected if I switch to nasal pillows and sleep on my back and my mouth comes open and I start to snore. Will my AHI be correct on the cpap machine? Sounds like I may be startled awake if pressures change. I'm just trying to find the right mask for me. Last night with the FFM I had 2 episodes of feeling like I was choking and then coughing or something abruptly woke me with breathing etc. but that was on my side and on my back. I'm exhausted today and will be trying my FFM tonight, Sat and Sun before switching for something else on Monday. Maybe if I go with the nasal pillows I should find a chin strap? If so do the home medical companies supply those or is that something best ordered online.
09-20-2013, 07:15 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-20-2013, 07:19 PM by trish6hundred.)
When you try the pillows, if you decide to try a chinstrap, your DME should have them.
You might take a look at chinstraps from some of the suppliers on the suppliers list here on the board, to give you an idea of how they work, what they look like, ETC.
Hope this works for you. The mask can be the most difficult part of the therapy.
09-20-2013, 07:35 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-20-2013, 07:39 PM by BreathlessTom.)
I have been using a cpap for 3weeks now. The mask does take awhile to get use to and get the straps setup. I use nasal mask and even I did not mouth breath I found I would open up and wind up with dry mouth. I started using a 3" ace bandage. It wraps around my head 3x and is secured with saftey pins. I put it on under the mask straps and it stays put. The 3" width helps it stay on my head better. Also the width covers my chin and lips. I just got a ruby chin strap off amazon but it will take a few nights to get it set right before I can comment on it. It took a week for my DME to tell me I needed a RX so I gave up waiting an ordered it myself.
PollCat - That looks interesting. I will mention that as an option to the RT on Monday. Thank you for your suggestion. I'm originally from Indiana too :-)