Hey everyone. I've been reading through some threads, but I can't seem to find any posts where anyone uses the same pressure along with machine that I do.
I literally just got my machine yesterday. In my sleep study, it seemed that I was breathing very well, and I felt comfortable with the pressure. I have the nasal mask, and I didn't feel like I needed to open my mouth to breathe at all. However, now I have my machine and it feels like it's almost difficult for me to inhale and exhale. It also feels like I should be opening my mouth, but of course I can't do that. It just generally feels like I have to catch my breath when I'm breathing in and out.
My sleep pressure is 8, but it starts out at 4. However, she told me it won't go to 8 until I'm asleep. Which is understandable, but that doesn't help me breathe while I'm awake.
I have the AirSense10 Autoset For Her. Do I need to adjust the humidity or anything like that? Also, I frequently have nasal congestion as I have bad allergies...how would I handle that with my mask? [/size]Again I'm very new to this, so any advice at all would be great! Thank you so much.
Hi mabostic! Welcome to the forum.
Most people report the starved air feeling when the inhale pressure is below about 7cm. It sounds like your DME set the CPAP up with the Ramp feature turned on. This feature allows the setting of the starting pressure, up to the normal pressure setting, and allows the time for the ramp to be in effect. The time frame is selectable from 0(Off) to 45 minutes in increments of 5 minutes. If the person that setup your system didn't turn on the Patient Selectable(actual verbiage may be slightly different) option, you will need to get the manual for your CPAP. The link for the manuals is listed at the top of the page.
08-03-2016, 02:21 PM
(This post was last modified: 08-03-2016, 02:23 PM by pupcamper.)
Hello, mabostic. Welcome to the forum.
Crimson Nape gave you some good advise. Most people don't do well with pressures much under 7 cm, even for a short time. Like you, my prescribed pressure was 8 cm. My DME had set a ramp pressure of 6 cm for 15 or 20 minutes. I also found felt I was starving for air. I ended up setting my ramp pressure to 7 and found I would be OK with my prescribed pressure of 8 cm within about five minutes so I set the ramp time at 5 minutes. I don't use the ramp feature now.
It's OK to use the ramp feature if you feel you need it. However, as Crimson said, you may need a higher ramp start pressure.
The humidity setting you use is a very personal choice. Some people need a lot and some need little to no humidity. I adjusted mine just to the point of not waking up with a dry mouth. If it is set too high the reservoir can run out of water before the end of the night.
I have bad allergies also. At one point, before I started treating them, they got so bad they caused an extreme case of vertigo. I routinely have nasal congestion. Just treat your allergies as you normally would. I think you will find that the CPAP pressure will actually help you breath better on the nights you are congested.