04-03-2014, 03:47 PM
(This post was last modified: 04-03-2014, 03:48 PM by herbm.)
The swallowing air part "retired_guy" said:
When our cheeks fill up with air we have a strong tendency to SWALLOW. Swallowing is a very complex chain of events that initiates move whatever is in our mouths into our esophagus and thus to our stomach (see Wikipedia for a surprisingly involved description.)
If your mouth can stay closed, and you can breath through your nose then you can use a nasal pillow mask.
Even if you have to use a strap, this is likely FAR LESS intrusive than a mask that covers your nose and mouth and the straps that go with those.
AND YOU ARE DOING GREAT, except for the gas bloating which you will figure out how to deal with.
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
tunibell, welcome, your AHI at your sleep study was low and you have mild sleep apnea, severities are measured 0-5 normal, 5-15 mild, 15-30 moderate and 30+ severe. Your original pressure does seem high, I would query why your doctor set it so high at the start, there may be some reason. With an auto CPAP where you can set a low and high pressure, your pressures don't need to be so close. My sleep specialist suggest a difference of around 10. You really should also start close to the minimum pressure setting available on your CPAP which is 4. Without knowing why your doctor set it so high my suggestion would be around 4-14 and leave it for a few weeks to see how it goes. You need to download free software from here called Sleepyhead to monitor your data. We can help you with that if you need help. Remember this is just our advice from afar and would speak to your doctor before you change it again.
On the mask, if you are comfortable with the full face mask, stick with it, it takes time for our bodies to adjust and sucking in air which causes the bloating is one of the adjustments that takes time.
Hope this helps and good luck and please ask any questions.