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New User...Can't Breathe Very Well?
08-04-2016, 12:03 AM
Thank you! Did it take you awhile to get used to exhaling through your nose and kind of feeling like it was difficult to breathe out at first?
08-04-2016, 12:19 AM
I have been on CPAP for a few months now and had no trouble exhaling until I switched to the mask you are using. Here is the discussion of my problems and potential solutions:
A quick summary: try a larger pillow size and make sure the pillows are seated correctly. Once I did that the hard to exhale immediately became easy to exhale. I hope it works for you too!
08-04-2016, 12:51 AM
yes! check your setting for EPR (exhale pressure relief) it give 1,2, or3 CM reduced pressure on exhale. Personally I still had problems with that and was changed to the AirCurve VPAP (BiLevel- where you set inhale and exhale pressures separately.
I also tried the P10 and could not use that, a full face mask (nose and mouth) give more room to exhale into and was much better even though I am not a mouth breather-it helped a lot with the exhale.
08-04-2016, 03:09 AM
08-04-2016, 05:20 AM
(08-04-2016, 12:03 AM)mabostic Wrote: Thank you! Did it take you awhile to get used to exhaling through your nose and kind of feeling like it was difficult to breathe out at first?
Jump into "Clinical Mode" and make sure your EPR is 3. This is the max pressure relief the machine can provide for exhaling. It works by backing off the pressure when you exhale so you don't need to fight as hard. You may not need 3, but it's a simple place to start.
I have the same setup as you and only started a few months ago. My biggest struggle was is when I first lay down to sleep I notice my breathing is elevated. Side bar: being overweight and walking up the stairs at night doesn't help. Once I calm down and my breathing goes back to normal, I notice no issues with exhaling.
I hope you feel better in the morning and get a great nights rest.
08-05-2016, 09:39 PM
My main message to you is to hang in there and it will get better. I had the same problem for a few weeks after I started (I use a nasal mask now, but I started with nasal pillows). My max pressure was set by the Dr at up to 20 with a pressure ramp, but when I got to about 12 or so it became hard to exhale and I could not sleep - woke up tired and I was very frustrated and upset. Now I can breathe without difficulty (except when my nose is stuffy).
I first went back to the medical supply company and tried a nasal mask which helped a lot. If I were you I would go back and try out several types of masks until I found one that was tolerable. Next I went back to the Dr and asked him to reprogram at a lower pressure which he didn't mind doing. Beyond this just try to go to bed able to breathe clearly through your nose (I have had success in the past using a Nettie pot, but no longer need one). Then try to stick it out and I truly think things will get better for you.
I notice now that I wake up less during the night and I no longer snore. Hang in there Melissa.
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