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Newbie with questions
11-17-2015, 06:51 PM
That is a real cheapo mask. Nothing wrong with that, IF IT WORKS... But it sounds like in your case it does not. You need to lean on your DME and make them get you something that works for you.
11-17-2015, 06:53 PM
Your profile indicates that you are not using software to review your data. Both ResScan and Sleepyhead software is available in the forum here and it is compatible with your listed machine. Using the software will allow you to track your leak data (and a whole bunch of other things) which can then be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the different masks and mask modifications you try.
11-20-2015, 09:58 AM
I went back to the DME and complained about the mask leaking air and squeaking and how it was waking me up. I requested the ComfortGel Mask. He was pretty nice and gave me one. It seemed like it fit snugger and I was encouraged.
Unfortunately, it is leaving a bruise on the bridge of my nose. I tried adjusting it and padding it with gauze but it was too painful. I removed the blue ComfortGel and inserted it into my original face mask. It was a much better fit and didn't pinch my nose, but the seal wasn't perfect and it leaked air. I now also have a sinus infection and am on antibiotics and nasal steroids. UGH! My glasses are resting on the tender spot on my nose that the mask pinched. Ouch.
Now what mask do I go after? I have read about other people loving the Dream-something mask. Should I ask for that?
On a positive note, my numbers went from 58 to 11 episodes per hour so the machine is working. If only I could find a mask that works.
Also, I got the heated tube which is much better for me than the regular tube that was blowing cold air.
Thank you for your kind interest and wisdom.
11-20-2015, 10:53 AM
(11-20-2015, 09:58 AM)Hollyboop Wrote: On a positive note, my numbers went from 58 to 11 episodes per hour so the machine is working. If only I could find a mask that works.
Try a ResMed "P10" or a Respironics "Nuance" Nasal Pillow mask. (they're very similar)
They only touch the bottom of your nose and have a low contact pressure and small contact area and shouldn't irritate anything.
Your DME should be happy to swap out your mask, since it's injuring you.
11-20-2015, 02:48 PM
The dream something mask is the dreamwear mask reviewed extensively by members elsewhere on this forum. Just type in dreamwear in search and you will find it.
11-20-2015, 03:49 PM
The Amara View is a full face mask that doesn't touch the bridge of the nose. Very nice when time is needed to heal a sore.
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Have you looked at masks w/less contact area? Masks like the "Hybrid" ffm have considerably less area to seal. Comes in 3 sizes w/3 pillow sizes. Also tends to hold your mouth closed. I used FFM for years until nose bridge couldn't take it anymore. Take a looksee and see what you think. Search: RespCare Hybrid HYB500
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11-20-2015, 07:01 PM
I use the RemZzzs mask liners, which I bought off of Amazon. They come 30 to a package, and I can use one liner for about 4 to 5 nights until it is stretched too much. My wife initially tried to wash and iron them for my reuse, but it failed miserably.
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