When your face relaxes completely your mask seal is breaking down. You might be able to fix this using a liner made out of an old cotton t-shirt. Just cut an image of the mask seal and then cut out the middle for your mouth and nose.
Or, you would probably do fine with a nasal mask, or preferably a pillows mask. Talk to your DME and get some alternatives.
Could someone please speak to the upper limit of 17? Is that a maximum like a fuse, not go over which should never be reached anyway; does the cpap system increase unduly possibly causing the problem? I have an appointment with DME R/T requested for today or tomorrow... and will see MD in two weeks.
A highly experienced R/T from outside the DME received my full report and had me upgrade pressure to the 7 and it is wonderful for starters; I am happy there.
... to be continued. will see how it works this evening.
The possible range on most machines is 4-20. Your 17 is the upper limit set to be used during your therapy. I have mine set for 10-15.
My leaks start when the pressure increases during the night toward the upper part of the range. Also after my face starts getting oily again.
I can see in my SleepyHead graph for last night, when I woke up and had to take off the mask to reset it, my pressure had just hit the 14 mark. That was after about 2 1/2 hours of use.
You aren't providing enough information. We can't help if we don't even know the basics.
What mask are you using?
What machine do you have?
What pressure range are you using?
As to 17, my F&P Simplus full face mask handles my pressure max of 20. Others using bilevel machines have full face masks that handle pressures higher than that.
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