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Maskes - never ending frustration
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FrankNichols Offline

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Joined: Mar 2016

Machine: AirSense 10 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed F10 and/or P10
Humidifier: Builtin
CPAP Pressure: 17-19
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead Other Software

Other Comments: I've figured out how to get my AHI down to 5, I quit sleeping!

Sex: Male
Location: Live Oak, Florida

Post: #1
Maskes - never ending frustration
I was so happy, having finally conquered my F10 and getting leaks under control and getting AHI down under 3 most nights.

Then last week happened. Sigh.

Leaks have been growing - last night it was up to 95% of the time at above 45L/min.

So frustrating.

I guess I have to shave the beard again.

I am not a Medical professional and I don't play one on the internet.
Started CPAP Therapy April 5, 2016
I'd Rather Be Sleeping
10-13-2016 04:39 AM
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Ockrocket Offline

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Posts: 164
Joined: Jul 2016

Machine: Philips Dreamstation.
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Eson.
Humidifier: Philips Dreamstation.
CPAP Pressure: 7.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Windsor (near enough) NSW, Au.

Post: #2
RE: Maskes - never ending frustration
You could try nasal pillows... at worst you would have to shave the mo but could still keep the beard. Thinking-about
10-13-2016 05:51 AM
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FrankNichols Offline

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Posts: 714
Joined: Mar 2016

Machine: AirSense 10 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed F10 and/or P10
Humidifier: Builtin
CPAP Pressure: 17-19
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead Other Software

Other Comments: I've figured out how to get my AHI down to 5, I quit sleeping!

Sex: Male
Location: Live Oak, Florida

Post: #3
RE: Maskes - never ending frustration
(10-13-2016 05:51 AM)Ockrocket Wrote:  You could try nasal pillows... at worst you would have to shave the mo but could still keep the beard. Thinking-about

There are several LONG threads on here about my trials to use P10 pillows. Doesn't work at all, I am a serious mouth breather and have tried gluing my lips shut, taping my mouth closed, two and three chin straps, home made chin straps and many other things to be able to use the P10's - I love them, but can't use them.

The only thing I can think of that has changed is my beard - so, it has to go, if that solves my problem, well, then it is a small price to get some sleep. If it doesn't solve the problem, it will always grow back.

I will say it again - there is some very serious money to be made by anyone that can solve the mask issues - they seem to be the main problem with CPAP therapy.

Frank

I am not a Medical professional and I don't play one on the internet.
Started CPAP Therapy April 5, 2016
I'd Rather Be Sleeping
10-13-2016 06:10 AM
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FrankNichols Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 714
Joined: Mar 2016

Machine: AirSense 10 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed F10 and/or P10
Humidifier: Builtin
CPAP Pressure: 17-19
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead Other Software

Other Comments: I've figured out how to get my AHI down to 5, I quit sleeping!

Sex: Male
Location: Live Oak, Florida

Post: #4
RE: Maskes - never ending frustration
I have decided to compromise for a first attempt on a Col. Sanders look. The mask then can fit into the space between my mustache and goat.

I am not a Medical professional and I don't play one on the internet.
Started CPAP Therapy April 5, 2016
I'd Rather Be Sleeping
10-13-2016 09:06 AM
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Dawei Offline

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Posts: 342
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Other
Mask Make & Model: Respironics "FitLife"
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 10-20
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began CPAP in 2006; spent the first 6 years with a "brick"

Sex: Male
Location: Western North Carolina

Post: #5
RE: Maskes - never ending frustration
Frank, good luck with the beard trim idea. If it doesn't do it, I'd suggest trying the Respironics Fitlife. Like you, I'm also in need of high pressure (my usual range is the same as yours), and I have a full beard but keep it on the short side. I've also been a serious mouth breather for as long as I can recall.
I used to add a roll of silicone across the forehead part of the mask seal as I mentioned earlier, but found I don't need it anymore. My leak rates have recently remained at 0 consistently, leaving me quite surprised but happy.

David
10-14-2016 06:59 PM
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kowlooner Offline

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Posts: 31
Joined: Apr 2016

Machine: PR Remstar Auto 560
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Sleepweaver Advance, Aloha (backup)
Humidifier: Remstar
CPAP Pressure: 13
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Started CPAP in May 2016. Should have done this 10 or 15 years ago.

Sex: Male
Location: Hong Kong

Post: #6
RE: Maskes - never ending frustration
Seriously, try the Sleepweaver Advance and, though you're a serious mouth breather, a decent chin strap. The Sleepweavers even have a 30 day return policy, so it's not like you have much to lose beside shipping cost.

Just make sure the size is right. They have a little PDF file you can download from their site that will give you the measurements so you can know if you'd be better off with small or "one size fits most". I was down to an AHI of 0 last night. Usually around 1. I'm at a lower pressure than you, but your numbers shouldn't be a problem with this mask, I don't think.

Doesn't anyone else use these things?

Anyway, bottom line: save the beard!
10-15-2016 11:54 AM
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