I found this forum via a US forum while looking for the manual for my newly prescribed machine, so here we go..... Sorry it it's a bit long.
It's now day 4 after getting my machine, after a full nights sleep study in the hospital, and I'm having 'issues'.
Since a teenager I've had sore/dry throat at all times and poor speaking voice and I'm just about to hit fifty.
Anyhow, during the sleep study I was forced to sleep on my back, something I never do, and they ended up with a pressure setting upto 18 at one point, but I soon woke unable to breath out because the pressure was too high (full face mask so couldn't exhale through my mouth), and my throat despite the humidifier being on max was sorely dry. This happened twice during the night. They reset the machine so the pressure was dropped and we started again.
So, I left after the study new machine etc, and it had the settings of 10 - 18 on the pressure front.
First night at home, exactly a repeat of the night in the sleep study except I was on my side for sleeping. I woke about 2 hours in unable to exhale and with a dry throat. Gave up with the machine at this point for the night.
Second night, after some reading I found the CPAP machine, has an environment setting for Temperature so I adjusted this to the current temp. also I found how to adjust the pressure. I turned it down a bit - when I woke the previous night it read 17.1 so I figured since that was too high, lets try 17. About 2.5 hours later I awoke same issues - throat too dry and can't exhale. Left machine off for rest of the night.
Night three (last night). Turned the machine down a bit more, just over three hours sleep before waking, only this time it was due to being tangled up in the hose and the mask being dislodged. Tried again, got another couple of hours before mask so too uncomfortable as I tried sleeping on my side and my mask then 'leaked' blowing air into my eyes.
Just ordered a CPAP friendly pillow, which should help as previously been using a wheat-husk based pillow which is too solid to allow any 'give' with the mask - which created the 'leak'.
So, should I be adjusting the max pressure down, to allow me to exhale, or should I just be going straight back to the clinic?
Please folks a little guidance here please.