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Tikka Offline

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Location: Hamilton, ON

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High anxiety and discomfort
I started therapy about 3 months ago using a nasal mask (Wisp). The first month was really good, but things went downhill from there. About 3 weeks ago I stopped using the machine because my nose was stuffy and I could not catch my breath while on therapy. Adjusting the humidity higher made me panicky. This week I got nasal pillows, and things were fine in the office when I tried the new mask on. But at home, with humidity from the machine(and a brand new heated hose), I feel like I am breathing through wet socks, and am not able to fall asleep. The humidity on the machine is set quite low. I've only been able to keep the mask on for a maximum of 2 hours. I find myself lifting the mask up and panting. Even with the mask on, blowing all this air in my nose, I am waking up gasping for air as I drift off. What do you think I've got wrong? Any advice appreciated. I'd really like to make this work, and learn cope with a higher humidity to help with congestion. I am starting to feel extremely anxious about going to bed.
04-13-2016 07:21 PM
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Machine: PR DreamStation Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
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Humidifier: built-in with heated hose
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Other Comments: Retired Electrical Engineer; began using cpap in 2001; FlashAir wifi card and FlashPAP app

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Location: Georgia, USA (The Margravate of Azilia)

Post: #2
RE: High anxiety and discomfort
What is your room temperature?

What are your humidifier and hose temp settings?

Do you have a hose cover?

Just my personal opinion. My posts are not medical advice or a statement of fact. Please consult a qualified physician or other qualified medical personnel. Please comply with all applicable laws, codes, regulations, and protocols.
(This post was last modified: 04-13-2016 08:19 PM by sdb7802.)
04-13-2016 08:17 PM
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Tikka Offline

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CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
Location: Hamilton, ON

Post: #3
RE: High anxiety and discomfort
No hose cover. 19c, or about 67f is the room temperature. I tried auto one night, and then set the temp to 69f with humidity on 3 the next. 3 seems to be the highest humidity I can stand right now.
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04-13-2016 08:39 PM
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RE: High anxiety and discomfort
(04-13-2016 07:21 PM)Tikka Wrote:  I started therapy about 3 months ago using a nasal mask (Wisp). The first month was really good, but things went downhill from there. About 3 weeks ago I stopped using the machine because my nose was stuffy and I could not catch my breath while on therapy. Adjusting the humidity higher made me panicky. This week I got nasal pillows, and things were fine in the office when I tried the new mask on. But at home, with humidity from the machine(and a brand new heated hose), I feel like I am breathing through wet socks, and am not able to fall asleep. The humidity on the machine is set quite low. I've only been able to keep the mask on for a maximum of 2 hours. I find myself lifting the mask up and panting. Even with the mask on, blowing all this air in my nose, I am waking up gasping for air as I drift off. What do you think I've got wrong? Any advice appreciated. I'd really like to make this work, and learn cope with a higher humidity to help with congestion. I am starting to feel extremely anxious about going to bed.

Yes, I totally understand what you are saying. I had a resmed 8 which I used for years with no problems. With my 10, it started out fine but the same thing. I don't understand why you have to adjust so much and why they needed to change something that was working fine. I too feel like I am breathing through mud. Most of the replies I have gotten have to do with humidity. I guess we will have to try to tweak this humidity thing with the hopes it will work. Just know you are not alone with the way you are feeling. Bedtime should be a restful time, not a fight fest with your cpap machine.
04-13-2016 09:13 PM
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CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Retired Electrical Engineer; began using cpap in 2001; FlashAir wifi card and FlashPAP app

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Location: Georgia, USA (The Margravate of Azilia)

Post: #5
RE: High anxiety and discomfort
You might try lowering your humidity setting.

I run humidity=1 and temp=70 and it's not bad.

Something to try.

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04-13-2016 09:42 PM
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Possum Offline

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Location: San Diego, California, USA

Post: #6
RE: High anxiety and discomfort
Are you using EPR, and if so, on what setting? It sounds to me like you're having difficulty exhaling, and turning on (or increasing) the EPR setting reduces the pressure on exhale. I found that this setting was especially important with nasal pillows.

Some folks don't like it because they believe it increases the chances of an obstructive apnea occurring at the beginning of inhale, before the pressure goes back up, but I have never had an issue with that.
04-14-2016 10:58 AM
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FrankNichols Offline

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Post: #7
RE: High anxiety and discomfort
Is is important to monitor you data closely if you decide to change therapy settings.

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04-14-2016 11:19 AM
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Post: #8
RE: High anxiety and discomfort
Tikka, my suggestion is to put your mask on and play with the settings well before going to bed. Find what is COMFORTABLE for you vs. the idea that you must have a higher humidity setting. Some people can't stand added humidity at all, congestion or not.
04-14-2016 11:33 AM
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Post: #9
RE: High anxiety and discomfort
My experience:
1. humidity with CPAP is not like humidity from any other source. What this means is don't assume that humidity will increase or decrease your congestion, try all settings until you find what is right for you. I thought I liked humidity and have varied from high to low to dry tank to ice in the tank, even then it has changed over time.
2. I was quite sensitive to exhaling into pressure. I cannot use a nose only mask, at all. I had EPR maxed at 3 and still had problems. I am on BiLevel (AirCurve 10 VPAP) and with pressure support set at 4 I am now fine with my FFM.
3. the pressure of CPAP sure feels like congestion and I needed to convince myself that I did not get congested as soon as I turned the machine on
4. I use breatheright strips every time I put the mask on
5. sometimes I use those nasal inserts and sometimes they help

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04-14-2016 01:00 PM
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Post: #10
RE: High anxiety and discomfort
Tikka,

I was having a lot of problems with humidity settings, congestion, etc. about three months ago. In addition to adjusting those settings, I started using lavender aromatherapy oil around my pillow at bedtime as well as taking a shower before bed and listening to music to block the sound of the xPAP machine.

It may seem like overkill, but I wanted to stop the bad associations I was developing with bedtime.
04-14-2016 01:28 PM
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