Good morning All,
Still new to the forum I have a few questions from my first three weeks of using CPAP - any answers are most welcome, thank you.
1. Using a full mask I have developed a soreness & bleeding either side of my nose. I have just found out about mask liners (and ordered a trial set). Does anyone have any experience of these and any tips for using them? O bought a trial pack version of Remzzzs.
2. Humidifiers - I'm in the UK so my Resmed S9 is NHS supplied (not free if you look at my NI contributions), because of COPD I am very much a mouth-breather which results in painful dryness right to the back of my throat. Will the NHS provide a humidifier or do I have to purchase this myself (same applies to the mask liners)?
3. I downloaded the Sleepyhead software and used the data on the SD card - the AHI grahp is completely empty?? All other graphs show data so, does this mean I've not had any apnoeas or that the data isn't being read? During the sleep study I was told that I had an average of 28 per hour.
Sorry for all the questions - just trying to understand this new problem (thought after the COPD that I'd already got my share of issues!)
Oh, why am I still using the CPAP with so many problems? I've just had 8 wonderful hours of sleep and woke with a sore throat and headache but feeling wide awake ... it's worth the issues to be awake!
Good to see you're making progress - small steps at first.
As I understand it the Remzz liners are quite thin fabric, so I doubt they will provide the cushioning you require. If the mask is causing bleeding, it's either: a) The wrong make & model for your face; b) The wrong size; or c) Far too tight. Getting the right mask is essential for successful therapy, and if it's causing bleeding after a few weeks then something is very wrong. You need to get this checked out. The liners will provide a little bit of a cushion but are mainly to improve the seal between the mask and your skin and to overcome any allergic reaction.
Humidifier - sorry I don't know what the rules are in the UK, but I personally think the humidifier should be a mandatory part of the package.
Zero AHI? Either the machine is doing a great job or there's a problem in the report. Which model S9 do you have (Escape, Elite, Autoset)? If it's the Escape then you won't get usable data - for the other machines you will. Try rebooting the machine (unplug from the wall for 30 minutes) and see if it's still returning zero. If so, check the events tab in SleepyHead (just under the calendar) to see if anything's recorded there. If it's still zero, then congratulations!
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