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Posts: 899
Joined: Mar 2012

Machine: Resmed Autoset Spirit II with Quattro F/F & FX Masks
Mask Type: Full face mask
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Humidifier: H4i
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 18 cmH20 (auto range)
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead Other Software

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Sex: Male
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Post: #11
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Welcome I-love-Apnea-Board
06-12-2012 03:09 AM
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memnoch1974 Offline

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Posts: 11
Joined: Mar 2012

Machine: S9 Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
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Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 7
CPAP Software: ResScan

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Sex: Male
Location: Ohio

Post: #12
RE: New member
I've tried both the nose mask and the nose pillows and personally, the nose pillows are more comfortable and intuitive to use. Don't mind the nose mask, but I hate the feeling of something over my nose. I can't imagine what a full face mask would feel like. Hope that once you get fitted into your unit, you'll have the opportunity to try out a few types of masks. It's weird at first but you'll eventually get used to it. The benefits outweigh the weirdness factor associated with this type of treatment. Smile
06-12-2012 10:34 PM
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zimlich Offline

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Posts: 392
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: Respironics PR System One BiPap Auto SV Advanced
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed gel Nasal Mask
Humidifier: System One
CPAP Pressure: 8-20 ASV, 8 EPAP,PS 12
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I use the Quattro FFM when necessary

Sex: Female
Location: Norfolk, VA

Post: #13
RE: New member
Welcome- hope your test went ok.
"1. Which is better CPAP or BiPAP?

2. How hard is it to adjust to the mask?

3. I'm claustrophobic. Will a mask be a problem for me?"

Neither one is really better than the other- sometimes it's a comfort decision, sometimes OSA responds better to one machine or the other. I believe simple is better- straight CPAP.

If you get a well fitting mask it should not be too difficult. It takes great patience. If you're claustrophobic brush up on your relaxation techniques, or get a prescription for a small dose of an anti anxiety drug to get you through a couple of weeks if necessary. Good luck.
06-13-2012 08:34 AM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Posts: 6,449
Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #14
RE: New member
Hi Mrldragon, WELCOME to the forum.! I'm fairly new here and have learned a lot so far. Don't be afraid to ask any questions as you will get plenty of help here. I hope your sleep study went okay; it will be great to find out how it went. Good luck on your treatment.

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06-13-2012 08:24 PM
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andersgeorgsson Offline

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Posts: 25
Joined: Jun 2012

Machine: PRS1 Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model:
Humidifier: PRS1 Heated
CPAP Pressure: 9
CPAP Software: Other Software

Other Comments: PR EasyLife mask/EncoreBasic

Sex: Male
Location: North Florida, USA

Post: #15
RE: New member
(06-11-2012 09:53 AM)mrldragon Wrote:  Hi! I'm new here. I haven't been diagnosed yet, but my test is tomorrow night and I fully expect it to be positive for sleep apnea.

I know that I'm coming in late here - but I have to ask...

Did you study for your test? Big Grin
06-16-2012 08:08 AM
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Ulrika Offline

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Posts: 63
Joined: Apr 2012

Machine: resmed Elite
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Quattro FX and Mirage
Humidifier: Resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14 fixed pressure
CPAP Software: ResScan

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Sex: Female
Location: Tasmania

Post: #16
RE: New member
Welcome - I am relatively new to CPAP about 3 - 4 months I have lost count now - I have had sleep apnea forever... finally got it diagnosed this year. I was really worried that CPAP 1. wouldn't work for me or 2. I wouldn't like it and couldn't keep it up for the rest of my life. I have been told I am one of the lucky ones but I loved it from the 2nd night onwards! (my first night was just weird not bad) by the 2nd night I thought it wasn't working properly because I had already stopped feeling the pressure of the airflow. I have had a few leak issues with my mask but using a really soft pillow fixed most of that for me and learning how to adjust the mask evenly and not too loose and not too tight... I now look forward to hooking up every night, my family think I am crazy but I sleep so well now and have felt more alert some days than I think I ever have so it is definitely worth it!! I have had 2 cold/flu's since CPAP and that is a challenge, unfortunately I have had to sleep upright on a couple of nights without my mask... hated it.

I have loved this forum and I enjoy reading other peoples experiences or hearing opinions and advice. You will love it here.... Dancing
07-12-2012 07:43 AM
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BabyDoc Offline

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Posts: 184
Joined: May 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model:
Humidifier: ResMed H5i with Climateline Tubing
CPAP Pressure: 6.0 -16.0 CM
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Beachwood, OHIO

Post: #17
RE: New member
If your sleep study confirms that you have sleep apnea, you have come to the right place. It takes a while for most of us to fine tune our therapy, whether it is an interface change from mask to pillows, pillows to mask, or pressure changes, or chin straps, or humidity changes, or whatever. We will help you with all of this and the whatever.

Welcome to Apnea Board!
07-12-2012 02:37 PM
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