I was "off the grid" so to speak as I am just finishing up my 2 weeks of testing with my S-10 on APAP. Didn't want to bore everyone with daily updates.
Here are my semi final findings:
1st week was with FX headgear/nasal pillow. Headgear outside of chinstrap.
Between this set up and APAP, numbers were more than acceptable. Did not do an average for the week but very satisfied.
I did develop a sore nose in my nasal septum on the inside about 5 days in. At 1st I thought it might be an ingrown hair, then the next night the other side did the same thing. I tried adjusting the mask/headgear but it always felt as if it was driving the pillow inside my nostrils.I then put the headgear/nasal pillow on 1st, then the chinstrap. By that time it was so sore, I couldn't tell if that helped. I picked up some "Burts Bees" Beeswax lip balm, as that was the only item I could find that seemed to be petroleum free. I didn't want to damage the pillow.
2nd week (just wrapping up) is with a P-10 headgear/nasal pillow. Headgear on 1st, then chinstrap. Numbers are about the same on average, maybe just a tick lower, but much more comfortable. The lip balm has sorted out the soreness. I'm still using it as a precaution until this week is over.
Next test period will be the same as this, minus the balm to see if there is any issue with septum and pillow. I am also going back to Palmolive or Dawn as a cleaner, as my wife switched us to Gain dish detergent. That will eliminate the cleaner being an issue as I know Dawn did not irritate my nose.
Overall, I think the P-10 wins/with chin strap. The FX can act as a backup when/if needed.
A few weeks of "normal" sleep, then I may just play to see how perfect I can get the numbers.
Again, Thanks to all who helped me along in this trial to get my LL's under control. I didn't think I could rest any better than I was, until you all helped me get it close to nil. I feel that much better during the day than I had been to make it worth the change.
I won't be away as long anymore, love checking in daily to learn as much as I can. I can't believe how much difference there is when you take "ownership" of your therapy.