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Nasal Pillows Deteriorating?
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I have a Resmed P10 nasal pillosw for about 6 months now. I usually get really low leaks. The last couple of weeks, I get the following leaks. Although it's not bad, but it has been consistently better. Could this be the nasal pillows deteriorating? Do I need a new one?

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#2
Sorry I can't make the image to appear. Most of the leaks are less than 19/L but the graph is very spiky through out the night.
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#3
Hi hcubed
The picture of the pillows is not showing up
I think cushions replacement under medicare every 30 days, I would be happy with 6 months
Good luck

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(11-02-2015, 05:40 PM)hcubed Wrote: Most of the leaks are less than 19/L but the graph is very spiky through out the night.
Less than 24 L/m is acceptable per ResMed, the spiky bit might be some mouth leaks
Have you tried chinstrap?

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I'd figured it out. The software doesn't like https. I've re-linked the image to an http:.

I've been getting very little leaks for the last 5 months and the graph of the leak is fairly flatlined. It's just been the last couple of weeks that I've been experiencing these kind of leaks.
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#6
hcubed,
Most insurances and Medicare's replacement schedule is 2 pillows per month. The pillows do get soft and don't hold their seal as well. If you are using the same pillow for 6 months, then I think you more than got your use from it.

If you have insurance coverage, take advantage of the replacement schedule. Medicare also replaces a new mask every 90 days, and most insurance companies follow the Medicare replacement schedule.
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#7
I started getting spikes like yours. I tried fitting in a new pillow and the spikes went away. Now, it could be deterioration, but it could also be that the pillow is squashing when you sleep on your side resulting in a repeated break of the seal. This happened after only a month of use. I soaked it in warm-hot water for about 20 minutes. I no longer have the problem. Silicone ages when you use it. How long it lasts varies on so many levels. 6 months is amazing!

I can get 2 pillows per month, but I know plenty of people here get several months out one of pillow. If you don't have insurance or have a high deductible, try Ebay. I got pillows for another mask that way.
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#8
I ran a pillow for 3 years. Just replaced it and the fit & feel is alot better.
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#9
The silicone material does break down with time. If you try and press the nose pillow down on your 6 month old p10, you will see that it yields and gives in more easily than a brand new pillow.

Also, you should probably change it every few months as they are fairly cheap on eBay. I change mine at 6 months.

Resmed has somehow convinced insurance cos in US to pay for pillows every 15 days. The same resmed recommends a much larger time frame in other countries though.
Started APAP 4-20, Closed range to 7.5-14, then straight 8.0 w/ Aflex 3
RDI always below 1. But sleep much much better at straight pressure.
Started on F10, Tried Quattro Air successfully. Finally settled on P10.
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