I have the same machine and my beginning setting is also set at 7. My auto range is 7-14. I agree it should be set on auto. maybe it is set without auto. You should never be waking up gasping for air because that is what a c-pap fixes. It provides the air you need to keep them open. Go see you DME asap. As for adjusting machine, it was too complicated for me to try to up my beginning number. It is the pressure you begin with while still awake. This can be fixed easily. The reason we use c-paps is because w do stop breathing or it is obstructed when we sleep. See your DMR asap. You are suffering needlessly. I also have the pillows and they fit well with no leaks until I need to replace them.
Tex.. you shouldn't have a hard time exhaling with only a 7 pressure. There isn't much resistance there, however it does take a period of adjustment for a new CPAP user to overcome the sometimes claustiphobic sensation. Do you have the operators manual that came with the machine? If so there are paragraphs that relate to exhaleration and how to cope with it. Respronics has a system that they call Cflex. It is available to help the user overcome the pressure to exhale comfortably. It can be accessed by the on/off wheel. Turn the wheel to the right and highlight the CFLEX screen. Then push the knob down and select 1, 2, or 3 cflex. 1 is minimum relief, with 3 being the most relief. Push knob to select your choice and then back to return to the therapy screen. The machine does not have to be on to make this change.
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Did you mean A Flex the name of machine or the feature? That would make a difference. I did not kn ow what AS Flex was when I replied; now I know it is a feature. I will let others bettrer qualified to reply.
I would also make sure that the nasal pillows are not squished by over tightening the headgear. With headgear on but not attached to the main hose, your breathing should be close to normal. Being a newbie my self, I just figured this out last night after having the same problem you mentioned. I would also check the pillow itself to see if the inner part is not squished. Good luck!
Yes, make sure the nasal pillows are too tight....when mine are, its as if the mask is pinching my nose shut.....
OTOH, I didn't like C-Flex on my CPAP....the machine trying to anticipate my breathing was interfering with my breathing.
Don't know if its still the case, but its one of the things you normally can't turn on and off yourself. If its on, you can vary its level. But, to turn it on and off required going into the other menu on my machine....which is one of the benefits of this board.
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