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GTOdude Offline

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Mask Make & Model: ResMed AirFIT P10
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CPAP Pressure: 7-14
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Other Dx: cabg x3 '94. Hypothyroid '15 and other maladies.

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Interesting..
I know ive been making a number of threads lately and im a noob, so let me know if im a nuisance pleez..

I have been on cpap for 11 days now and have seen a smidge of improvement but i have been plagued with two problems. First is the medium pillows on my P10 have been hurting my nose on the inside. Ive tried several things. But nothing has helped.. Till now. I been using the medium size pillows as the rsp therapist told me to do but tonite i put in the large ones. I dont have a big nose (IMHO) but these dont stick as far inside my nose as the others did. Quite a diff, will see tonight.

Second is the anxiety. I still have to take half an Ambien to get ovr the hump. Wish i could relax but cant. I wake up once or twice a night and get back to sleep no prob, just the beginning. Hope it ends someday.. Thanks for the ears..

Mark
12-20-2015 11:06 PM
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Machine: Respironics System 1
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: philips respironics Nuance Pro Pillows
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CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Begin CPAP 1 Sep 2015

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Location: Sydney

Post: #2
RE: Interesting..
Hi - I have Respironics pillow and also have a sore nose at times. (Three months in so still getting used to this thin). Firstly seemed to irritate inside the nostrl but that has gone now. I prefer the Large pillows as well but they tend to get dislodged more easily and leak, so back to medium. Also if I have the mediums too tight (depending on where the strap on top of the head sits) end up with a sore snoz as well. Manual and advice says to have pillows loose but then they do get dislodged to easy in my case.
12-20-2015 11:12 PM
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Mask Make & Model: P-10 / F&P Simplus / DreamWear
Humidifier: H5i w/Climateline
CPAP Pressure: 8 - EPR 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: CMS-50F & 50IW

Sex: Male
Location: Georgia

Post: #3
RE: Interesting..
The rule-of-thumb for P10 pillow sizing seems to be: Find the one that fits, then go up one size. Be careful about the Ambien, your body will adjust to it very rapidly. Give it time. . . resistance is futile! Coffee

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12-20-2015 11:13 PM
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GTOdude Offline

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CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Other Dx: cabg x3 '94. Hypothyroid '15 and other maladies.

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Location: Central Valley, Left Coast

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RE: Interesting..
(12-20-2015 11:13 PM)Crimson Nape Wrote:  The rule-of-thumb for P10 pillow sizing seems to be: Find the one that fits, then go up one size. Be careful about the Ambien, your body will adjust to it very rapidly. Give it time. . . resistance is futile! Coffee
Amen on the one size up. Im taking really a tiny dose of the ambien, hopefully ill get over the damned anxiety soon..
12-20-2015 11:23 PM
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Machine: AirCurve 10 VAUTO
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Amara View
Humidifier: Integrated
CPAP Pressure: 6.2, 15, PS4.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: Sillicon Valley

Post: #5
RE: Interesting..
So first an attempt to add some perspective. It seems to be finding what YOU need, so what I needed may or may not work for anyone. I would wake 4-8 times a night. The last time I went into the sleep Dr he looked at my data and said "wow you did not sleep at all last night" and this was actually better than when I started.

It took me for what seemed like forever to "trust" the therapy and even after I got some measure of trust I was still not sleeping like I thought I should.

I have heard of people on CPAP for years and still not comfortable with it. In this I may have been lucky as U now absolutely LOVE it.

If what you are using is not working, try something else (like the large pillows) Different settings, different masks a BiLevel machine, see a pulmonologist to see if something else is adding to the sleep apnea issues. Stop only when it is good enough or you have run out of things to try. Keep a journal so you know what was the best of every setting.

"so let me know if im a nuisance pleez" not even close!
12-20-2015 11:33 PM
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OpalRose Offline

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Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 For Her
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CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Started CPAP Therapy October 23, 2014

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Post: #6
RE: Interesting..
GTOdude,
No your not a nuisance. That's what this forum is for...to help if we can.

When I was first diagnosed with S.A., I was a total mess. I never slept for more than 2 to 3 hours a night for months before I started using CPAP, and I didn't adapt right away. I suffered a lot of anxiety and didn't think I could ever get used to sleeping tethered to a hose.

It wasn't until my doctor took one look at me and said...."you won't be around five years from now if you don't make this work." Well, he scared me, so I made it work. I had to talk myself into it little by little each night. I hadn't found this forum until after I started using Cpap, so I felt really alone. Now I can't imagine sleeping without.

Just give it time, it all falls into place.

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12-20-2015 11:39 PM
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Diane1048 Offline

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Other Comments: Started CPAP therapy Dec 2015 as Sleep Apnea makes my Blood Pressure very High | possible Diabetic

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Post: #7
RE: Interesting..
definitely not a nuisance - I enjoy reading your posts GTSDude. It seems that getting the mask/s right is the biggie we all want to talk about with each other. I am nearly 3 weeks into my therapy and reading a fellow noobs challenges with the therapy is some way comforting as I too try and get my body and brain adapted to what I need to do every night for the rest of my life with CPAP.

My dilemma is that I love the Nasal Pillows but when I go into REM sleep which is mostly when my airways collapse completely and the machine ramps up the air, I am woken up with air streaming out of my mouth. The first time that happened - it spun me out. The clinician said my mouth leaks were not significant however she said I should also trial a nasal mask.

So I am trialling the ResMed Airfit P10 Nasal Mask. There are good things about this mask in that I can just disconnect the hose from the front of the mask and go to the bathroom without having to go through the rigmarole of taking the mask off and then putting it back on in front of the mirror to make sure I have fitted it properly. However, I cannot drink anything (might have to get a straw or something) With the nasal pillows having a drink is not a problem. My reading glasses don't sit properly on my nose also.

I can't afford both -

The nasal pillows are quieter but if I have a stuffed nose how does CPAP work then? They are kinder to the face in that there is fainter face marks in the morning.

The nasal mask is cruel to the face and it takes a while for the strap marks to disappear and I am not sure if I am having any leaks and it seems that the flow of air outwards is more pronounced.

So while my mind is accepting of CPAP - my body and brain is slow to catch on!!
(This post was last modified: 12-21-2015 02:18 AM by Diane1048.)
12-21-2015 02:11 AM
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DumfriesDik Offline

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Post: #8
RE: Interesting..
Funnily enough, I have just started using a Nuance nasal pillow and I am not sure what size I should be using as well. It matters not what the label says, as long as its comfortable and works. I have tried small and now medium. Might go large one day to see that makes a difference!

Nasal pillows are a bit strange for sure.
12-21-2015 05:38 AM
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Post: #9
RE: Interesting..
Only on my 2nd CPAP week so hardly an expert.

Machine was delivered with a Whisp nasal mask Dr. sized it to Small. That lasted about 1 hour my first night, tried the medium one and even the large - helped with the breathing paranoia I had then and more comfortable only downside was the larger the more it would leak when I would turn to my sides.

Switched to the Nuance a few days ago, started with Medium very comfortable fit but kept getting a bit of pressure pain on one nostril so switched to large, no pain (although I still prefer the medium fit may try it again).

LOVE the Nuance because I turn a lot at night and this one allows that. Also much quieter.
12-21-2015 07:40 AM
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Post: #10
RE: Interesting..
(12-20-2015 11:23 PM)GTOdude Wrote:  
(12-20-2015 11:13 PM)Crimson Nape Wrote:  The rule-of-thumb for P10 pillow sizing seems to be: Find the one that fits, then go up one size. Be careful about the Ambien, your body will adjust to it very rapidly. Give it time. . . resistance is futile! Coffee
Amen on the one size up. Im taking really a tiny dose of the ambien, hopefully ill get over the damned anxiety soon..

You will... and then the reverse case will set in - you wont be able to sleep *without* the mask and machine. I know I can't - I hear the first snore, wake up fully at the first apnea event...
12-21-2015 11:27 AM
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