05-26-2014, 12:57 PM
(This post was last modified: 05-26-2014, 12:59 PM by Visitor.)
I got my APAP today and the nasal mask. It's an IQ Blue nasal mask from *. When I wear it, the bottom side is very close to my nostrils and after about 10 minutes, it feels as if I'm not getting enough air in. Not sure if anything can be done about that (i.e. increasing the space between the bottom part of the mask and your nostrils). The mask seems to slip to that position. ETA: so I notice the company is blocked out with a *. I'm not sure why. Other companies get mentioned. Happy to follow the rules, but let me know if I should watch it if I need to make a distinction between suppliers.
Just starting out, so I'm willing to give this mask a go. I got leakage under control (as far as I can tell, numbers will confirm later I hope) and tested it out by using a pillow. So far so good.
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Visitor, you are starting out great.
It's a shame that you must deal with that nasal mask slippage and the problem sounds perfectly understandable.
Likely you have realized this is either a fault of the mask in general, an issue with the shape of your face, or HOPEFULLY something that can be corrected with differentially tightening the head gear.
The latter will almost certainly be a very careful balancing act between leaks and positioning the mask to allow your to breath freely through your nose.
It's amazing how even a seemingly trivial restriction will change how we breath through our nose.
If you can use the nasal mask at all, you will likely enjoy a nasal pillow mask FAR MORE.
Nothing in your eye-line, must easier to control leaks, headgear can be much looser (even minimal), you can scratch your (upper) nose without moving it, lighter, not constricting, simpler and easier to maintain.
Does you DME give you a "30 day return" or anything?
As you know, I highly recommend the Airfit P10 -- vendor #1 formerly had a "free return insurance" and "free shipping" on that $100 mask if you need to buy it on your own.
Best would be to get your insurance company to pay for it.
My suspicion is that you are not in the US, but it is common here to get your insurance company to allow you to change DME suppliers (within their 'network' ) as needed.
I can't buy from Vendor #1 (they don't do direct insurance) with full insurance coverage, but I can buy from Edgepark via mail order instead of my local supplier and my insurance company will still cover it fully.
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
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