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Geniale Offline

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Machine: PR System One Auto 60 Series
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 for Her
Humidifier: PR System One Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 7-7 cm H2O
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: UARS

Sex: Female
Location: Canada

Post: #11
RE: Pillow Anxiety
(02-23-2016 10:54 AM)AllenRx Wrote:  I'm a newly diagnosed patient with severe OSA (AHI=45) and I experienced some of the same anxious feelings when first starting therapy. What helps me the most is to take 3 or 4 long, slow, deep breaths after I first put on the mask. After that, try (easier said than done) not to fight against the pressure. Try to breathe as normal as possible.

My A-Flex is set to 3. I tried the ramp the first few days, but like most others, I don't use it now.

One thing the respiratory therapist suggested yesterday was to set the ramp at minimum set pressure (ex. 7 in my case) and, when I wake up in the middle of the night, to hit the ramp button immediately so that it would return to the minimum pressure and help me get back to sleep quicker so the anxiety would be less likely to kick in.
02-23-2016 11:29 AM
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PoolQ Offline

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Machine: AirCurve 10 VAUTO
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Amara View
Humidifier: Integrated
CPAP Pressure: 6.2, 15, PS4.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Sillicon Valley

Post: #12
RE: Pillow Anxiety
+1 good idea. I use ramp and found that anything below 5.8 pressure was not good with me. I hit the ramp at night also.
02-23-2016 11:45 AM
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Machine: Respironics DreamStation Auto CPAP
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed AirFit P10
Humidifier: Respironics Dreamstation
CPAP Pressure: 6-10
CPAP Software: EncorePro

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Sex: Male
Location: Arkansas

Post: #13
RE: Pillow Anxiety
(02-23-2016 11:45 AM)PoolQ Wrote:  +1 good idea. I use ramp and found that anything below 5.8 pressure was not good with me. I hit the ramp at night also.

I agree. I quit using my ramp because it started at 4 which was too low. I felt starved for air. Since my treatment range is 6-10, I really don't need the ramp.

Hang in there Geniale. It will get better!
02-23-2016 12:21 PM
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