The problem I'm having is that the masks are creating pressure sores on my nose. I've tried the Swift FX Nano, two sizes of the Mirage FX, and the Mirage Quattro. I tried another mask too but I don't remember what it was called. The Swift FX Nano caused one on the underside of my nose (the septum) whereas the other masks cause one on the bridge of my nose. I'm trying to keep an open mind about this gel pad I'm supposed to be getting but it seems to me that sticking something between my nose and the mask is just going to create even more pressure.
The part of the mask that is causing the problem is the soft, thin plastic that inflates to make the cushion/seal when the cpap is turned on. I thought, at first, that it was either the rubbery plastic that makes up the mask or the rigid plastic "frame" that supports the mask but careful examination with mirror ruled that out.
By this point, I'm guessing that you are thinking I've got the mask on too tight. I really do not think this is the case. All of my masks were fitted by the respiratory therapist and have not been adjusted. When the cpap is off, I can slide my hands underneath the mask straps and rest them against my face without pulling the mask tighter (I might be able to do it with the cpap on, but I've never tried). I do not have strap or mask marks on my face except for the bridge of the nose.
Any advice on how to prevent these sore, what masks might be helpful, and how to deal with the DME company is appreciated. I am having a major surgery on Jan. 2nd and I really, really have to get all of this sorted out by then. I'm also having problems with the cpap, but that's a whole other story.