I've been using the CPAP for 3 1/2 weeks. In that time I've continued to struggle with (but especially since my minimum pressure was increased) nasal stuffiness caused by the CPAP.
I have never had nasal problems or problems with congestion before, and I don't have allergies, so I was really surprised by this. The mask usually feels fine for about the first 90 minutes, but then my nasal cavities swell up (I guess from irritation)? There's never any sinus drainage, just feels like a narrowing of the air passages, making me have to work to pull in air (I use a nasal mask, not a FFM).
Saline spray does nothing, and messing with the humidifier settings hasn't helped. It's affecting my compliance, because it gets so bad that I have to take the mask off and breathe through my mouth.
I've heard nasal irritation is common for the first weeks of use, so will this go away? But in the meantime, I don't know how long it will take, and I can't make compliancy (or live my life) when I can only breathe for the first 90 minutes of every night.
I've seen a lot of suggestions for allergy meds and anti-congestion meds on this and other threads, but will those address my problem, since it's not allergy related and it's not really true "congestion"?
Going crazy, wanting to get compliance, and needing help. Should I give up and switch to the dreaded FFM?