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usertc Offline

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Machine: ResMed AirSense 10
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P eson
Humidifier: integrated
CPAP Pressure: 4 to 14
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: AHI= 50 with asthma, GERD, and chronic migraines

Sex: Female
Location: California

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Picked up CPAP today
I picked up my CPAP today and am getting set up for my first night. They told me to wear it for awhile while I'm awake to get used to it, but I feel like I'm not getting enough air with it on. I've got a ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset for her. Is there something I can adjust or do I just have to get used to it?
10-29-2015 01:05 AM
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Machine: S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Aloha
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 8-10
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Female
Location: Northern California

Post: #2
RE: Picked up CPAP today
That "not enough air" feeling is usually because you're on a very low pressure setting. What are your pressure settings? And is the Ramp feature on? Ramp starts you out at a low pressure and builds gradually to your prescribed pressure. Either of these things could be the issue, and both are things you can adjust. If you need help getting into the clinical menu where the pressure information is stored, see here:

http://www.apneaboard.com/resmed-airsense-10-aircurve-10-setup-info

When you report back about your current settings we can help you make some adjustments so it will be more comfortable for you.
(This post was last modified: 10-29-2015 01:19 AM by kaiasgram.)
10-29-2015 01:13 AM
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usertc Offline

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Machine: ResMed AirSense 10
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P eson
Humidifier: integrated
CPAP Pressure: 4 to 14
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: AHI= 50 with asthma, GERD, and chronic migraines

Sex: Female
Location: California

Post: #3
RE: Picked up CPAP today
The pressure is 4 to 14 and it's on autoramp. It's currently at 4. Thanks, I'll check out the link
10-29-2015 01:22 AM
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kaiasgram Offline

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Machine: S9 VPAP Auto
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Mask Make & Model: Aloha
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 8-10
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Female
Location: Northern California

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RE: Picked up CPAP today
(10-29-2015 01:22 AM)usertc Wrote:  The pressure is 4 to 14 and it's on autoramp. It's currently at 4. Thanks, I'll check out the link

That minimum pressure of 4 is the culprit. That's what you're feeling when you're using the machine while awake.

You can turn off Ramp if you want, it's an optional comfort feature but it's not comfortable for everyone. Then, while awake on the machine bump up the minimum pressure from 4 to 5, see how it feels, if still not enough air, try 6, etc. Don't go higher than you need to in order to feel you can breathe pretty comfortably. Some of this is a matter of time and adjustment, but few people ever get really comfortable with 4 and most quickly increase that minimum pressure up so they can be more comfortable.
(This post was last modified: 10-29-2015 02:10 AM by kaiasgram.)
10-29-2015 02:07 AM
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zonk Offline

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Machine: A10 AutoSet
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CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

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RE: Picked up CPAP today
(10-29-2015 01:22 AM)usertc Wrote:  The pressure is 4 to 14 and it's on autoramp. It's currently at 4. Thanks, I'll check out the link
When Ramp time set to Auto, the machine will detect sleep onset and then gradually increase start pressure to the minimum set pressure at rate 1 cmH2 per minute. If sleep onset is not detected, the machine will reach set pressure within 30 minutes

As the minimum pressure is 4, start pressure cannot be lower than 4, so you'll at 4 for 30 minutes, unless you fall asleep sooner and the machine will start auto-adjust pressure as needed

Excuse me, if say, the people who set the machine for you are clueless
10-29-2015 05:21 AM
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Machine: PR System One 560BT Auto
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CPAP Pressure: 8.5 - 13. A-Flex 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began CPAP Therapy Sept. 11, 2015. Hx Hypertension, Post Graves Disease, chronic migraines.

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RE: Picked up CPAP today
Welcome to the best SA forum around usertc!! You have come to the right place to get help!

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10-29-2015 06:25 AM
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usertc Offline

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Machine: ResMed AirSense 10
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Mask Make & Model: F&P eson
Humidifier: integrated
CPAP Pressure: 4 to 14
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: AHI= 50 with asthma, GERD, and chronic migraines

Sex: Female
Location: California

Post: #7
RE: Picked up CPAP today
I survived the night and it wasn't too bad. The worst was getting past the start pressure. I followed the instructions and turned up the low number and saved it, but it still stayed at 4 while I was awake. I'll call my sleep tech today and see if she can change it.

Anyway, I woke up a few times during the night with mask leaks and discomfort, but fell right back to sleep once I adjusted it. I'm supposed to have a Respironics Amara View full face mask, but they didn't have the right size and had to order it. I have a Contour Deluxe nasal mask from a hospital stay 2 years ago, so I'm using that temporarily.

Only 1 event per hour, down from 50 events per hour Smile
10-29-2015 11:21 AM
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
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CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Post: #8
RE: Picked up CPAP today
Both the minimum pressure and starting pressure for Ramp need to be increased. Chances are, you only changed the minimum pressure range for APAP. As suggested earlier, simply turning off ramp is a solution most of us use.

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10-29-2015 11:47 AM
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Post: #9
RE: Picked up CPAP today
Hi usertc,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It sounds like you are off to a good start. I know CPAP therapy can take some getting used to but just stick with it, it does get better.
Much success to you on your CPAP journey

trish6hundred
10-29-2015 06:32 PM
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Mask Make & Model: Wisp & Dreamwear
Humidifier: Respironics System One
CPAP Pressure: APAP 11-11
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: Western Oregon, USA

Post: #10
RE: Picked up CPAP today
I've had my machine for 6 weeks and started out using the ramp set at 5. My fixed pressure setting is 11. After reading various posts on this great forum I figured out I'd be better without the ramp. The 5 setting doesn't provide enough air--I was breathing very deeply to get what felt like enough then it too awhile to slow down when the ramp was ended. I think I am getting to sleep faster without itI just have to prepare myself for that first blast of 11 air!
10-29-2015 07:07 PM
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