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What everyone has said so far.
Hang in there for more suggestions and best of luck to you as you continue your CPAP therapy and get your new machine set up.
09-27-2014, 11:31 AM
(This post was last modified: 09-27-2014, 11:33 AM by retired_guy.)
Then again, in the name of "patient empowerment," if you find out your Doc/DME took the easy way out and simply sent you home with a machine set at it's factory defaults, your minimum pressure is 4 and your maximum is 20. Do you plan on making a blackbird pie anytime soon? If not, that 4 could well be the source of your difficulty.
I like a range and I very much like the S9. But I think it should be a fairly tight range. For instance, if your old machine was set on 10, I would like a range of perhaps 6 to 14 to begin with. Other defaults on the S9 include setting the ramp to 45 minutes, when the best setting for it is "off."
Download and install Sleepyhead so you can start monitoring this stuff too.
But first, find out if your low pressure is set at 4 and if so have it raised or raise it yourself.
Yes, you're right Paul. I just function from when I first started and had to gut through however long it took for the machine to "ramp" to a decent pressure. The other issue I have with it is when they leave it on the 45 minute default, that's 45 minutes before any apnea treatments will begin. Maybe it takes a lot of people 45 minutes to fall asleep, but I doubt that too.
You need to check your machine settings.
When you feel air starved, look at the display on your machine. You may need to turn the humidifier knob a little to make the light come on.
In tiny little text at the bottom, it should show you the pressure.
It's probably low. You should probably turn off the ramp function, if you're using it. It's also possible your machine is set at auto 4-20, which tends to leave you air starved until it autos up to a workable pressure. Most of us are more comfortable if the minimum auto pressure is close to the therapeutic pressure.
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If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.