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Mask for high pressure
My pressure is 28. I currently use nasal pillows. I have needed a new machine for a long time and I just received a brand new Resmed machine. With my pressure of 28, nasal pillows are working; too much leaking. Must be that old machine wasn't up to pressure.

Does anyone else with that high a pressure have a favorite mask that works well?

Thanks for any help
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My Nuance can handle up to 20 but yeah, they wouldn't take the 28.

At that high a pressure, you may want to go total full face. The air flow will be spread out and equalized. Plus they get a decent seal, better than most full face masks.
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Is this the machine you have?

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(05-26-2016, 06:41 PM)rras Wrote: My pressure is 28..

Hi rras,

Whatever mask you try, I suggest trying it with a mask liner, which goes between the face and the mask.

A liner will probably not stop all leaks, but the remaining leaks are softer and less bothersome.

With my present favorite (F&P SimPlus Full Face Mask) I use RemZzzs liners, which I am careful to not stretch out. One lasts me a week or longer.

My pressure normally varies between 21 and 25.

Good luck in finding something which works for you.

Take care,
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Hello rras,

I concur with vsheline's advice.

I've used the Simplus for a long time and am very happy with it. In pollen season I need pressures up to 25, so not quite your level but getting there.

I find that the Simplus does leak a bit at higher pressures but this can be helped by (like lots of users) using a mask liner but also (and I seem to be alone with this) I use a size larger than necessary and wear it with my chin tucked *inside* the mask. That, for me, stops the mask slipping sideways with movement and high pressures and I find it very comfortable. My 95% leaks are very seldom more than 2.4.

Hope you find a mask that suits you - there will be one!
All my opinions are only as an xPAP user trying to help another xPAP user.
No suggestions I may make should be taken as professional advice.
If you have medical concerns please consult a doctor

My current pressures: Auto-ASV. EPAP 10-12. PS 3-10
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Thanks so much. I will ask about the Simplus when I see my respiratory therapist this morning.
Thanks so much. I will take this information to my respiratory therapist this morning. Thanks
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Hi rras,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Good luck to you with finding a mask and much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy, hang in there for more responses to your post.
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Well, let's say last night was not a success.
I saw my respiratory therapist. I really liked him. Gave me some pointers for adjusting masks etc. Ended up with a Quattro mask; tried that one and the Simplus. Had much better fit with the Quattro which Chris said was made for high pressure. No leaks in office; very comfortable; of course that was for a few minutes.
So being ever so hopeful of a great night's sleep, went to bed at midnight, was still awake at 2:30pm after trying to go to sleep on my back with no leaking, but that didn't work. I tried to sleep on my side, which is usually an instantaneous process, but at 4:30am I said screw it and went to the living room to sleep upright without machine in my comfy a** recliner. Probably got 3 hours' sleep
So today I am a grouchy, sleepy, apnea-brained individual; I've had about 9 hours sleep in 2 nights when I usually get 8 hours a night and 9 on Friday's and Saturday.
I find a feel extremely warm with a full face mask; no matter the temperature in the room.
Tonight I am going to try to arrange pillows so I am semi-reclined and on my back to see if that works. We'll see.
THANKS for the encouragement and responses. Appreciated.

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When I lay on my back with the Simplus my lower jaw tends to sag and produce a leak.

One thing I have heard of that might help you is to fill the humidifier with ice and turn the heater off. That way you get a cool stream of air on your face.
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I have a Resmed S9.
I'll have to try the ice idea. We'll see how tonight goes. Hoping major propping up will help; the mask doesn't leak in that position. Now if only i can fall asleep in that position.Coffee
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