05-07-2013, 11:43 PM
(This post was last modified: 05-07-2013, 11:45 PM by Schnauzers 5.)
I think I have a machine like yours. Mine is auto titrating. I tried the A Flex option and I did not like it. I think it made me feel a bit like it was too slow giving me air or some such feeling. I also wonder if your pressure is correct. I like full force right off; no setteling or ramping as they call it. I also could not stand the full face mask or that awful smell of chemicals. Each of us is different, I am female also and I have the swift LT for her. Sometimes my left nostrel get a little tender, but not really sore. Mostly, I do fine. I hope that happens for you soon and it becomes second nature for you. Just part of you sleep ritual. Hang in there.
One of the biggest problems with doctors "prescribing" a setting is that they are just guestimating what your needs are. You need to get into the control settings and up your cpi a bit until you are feeling refreshed and rested each day. They had me on a 10 for years, and it was like spoonfeeding me air. It helped relative to the exhausted state I was in, but it wasn't optimal. Then I found this place and was able to get into the settings of my machine and I raised it up a bit and it was like night and day. I'm now at 10.8 and feeling a lot better. Don't be afraid to raise the pressure some to find what you're needs are.
Also, I tried an "autopap" which was supposed to self-regulate the pressure and it was terrible. It didn't work. It wasn't responsive to my needs. I felt like I was suffocating, and it was making my condition worse. Zone in your optimal setting on your own.
I finally got around to having someone turn off my ramp feature on my machine and it's GREAT. Someday, I'll get bold and have a range of pressures put in my settings, for example, minimum pressure would be 8 and maximum pressure would be 15. My overallpressure that I was titrated at is 10.
But right now, I'm just getting used to having the ramp turned off, (Ha-Ha.)
Hang in there it looks like you are getting some pretty good advise...I'm a noob so all I can say is keep on tweaking it till it works for you. Good luck!