Hey, all! Brand new Bipap user (Resmed AirCurve). Doc recommended a low 5-10 setting, so I'm trying that. I may tweak it later (I have the clinician menu settings). My events were 35-40 per hour, so that's pretty bad, I hear. My greatest struggle is getting comfortable with the machine.... I get claustrophobic! :/
I am a mouth breather, so I tried the full face mask. Exhaling and having hot air hit my face just makes me uneasy. Also, I never felt like I got enough air. I turned up the pressure a bit and it didn't seem to help. I took sleep aids and still ripped the mask off in my sleep.
I switched to nasal pillows. Those are far less intrusive, but after wearing them for 5-10 minutes, my nose starts to stop up, rendering the machine useless.
Thanks in advance!
A starting pressure as low as you have it will make you feel like you're suffocating. Most people find a starting pressure of 7 to 8 will remedy this feeling.
Good luck with your therapy.
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