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Question that i dont know if anyone can help
So all has been going very well- I had my 30 day check up, where I brought my cpap and all was good-my numbers were all good- great in fact-
so I did mention to her that the only issue I had was that I felt like I wasn't getting enough air at the beginning, so I turned the ramp down to zero-
So she said great and she then adjusted something so that I get a bigger push of air-she said I would like it-
I don't know what she did- but I do not like it- I could not even wear the mask last night-
It felt like a ton of air pushing down my throat- so much that when I took the mask off, I still couldn't talk right-,it felt like my throat was wide open--
Can anyone understand what the heck happened and what she did and how can I fix it

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You may need to access your clinical settings and review them. Alternatively post the sleepyhead data so we can see the settings. Most likely your minimum pressure setting was increased.

Do you have the clinical manual for your machine? Request it here.
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hmm, I don't use sleepy head software--
I will have to look for the manual-
I just don't get why, if everything was great, she messed with my settings lol
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Chances are, the minimum pressure setting was set closer to your theraputic setting. It may have been as low as 4.0 cm which is the default where your ramp begins.

Let's do this in the meantime so you can get back on the machine. Go back in and turn ramp back on, but limit it to just a minute or two. That will ease the pressure on, rather than blasting you all at once. Many of us learn to tolerate the instant on pressure, but it can be a shock for someone just starting out.
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(02-14-2015, 10:58 AM)cookie810 Wrote: hmm, I don't use sleepy head software--
I will have to look for the manual-
I just don't get why, if everything was great, she messed with my settings lol

I agree that she probably did increase your pressure but I can't say that for sure. Most DME's say they cannot change your pressure without a script from your doctor.

To really find out what happened, you can download SLEEPYHEAD which is no cost to you and it will show what your settings were and what they are now. OR you can call and ask what changes she made when you were in for your 30 day appointment.

Using the software will help you see how your therapy is doing and see if you need to make changes, are having high leaks and if those leaks are associated with an event, etc. etc. There is a lot that you can get from SLEEPYHEAD.

You may have to get ResScan since I am not sure if SLEEPYHEAD works with your machine. I am sure someone else can help you on that issue.

I highly recommend that you use some software to watch how things are going, especially in the beginning of your therapy.
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It will feel like starting all over again- I will try that- but right now my ramp is set for 5 min- that is what it was last night- and I was choking on air- that cant be good- I will have to sleep without it till Monday, so then they can fix what they did-
It was all so good-why oh why did she touch it-argh
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(02-14-2015, 10:58 AM)cookie810 Wrote: I just don't get why, if everything was great, she messed with my settings lol

Because that's what they do. If you have been tracking with software, you would be able to know what change was made. Likely it was a pressure setting.

Many people in these jobs are unskilled and untrained. About 50% failed at a job that required them asking, "Would you like fries with that?" /sarc

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the airres website gives me all the basic info I need- I know there is a sd card in my machine but I am not that savvy
when I had my check up yesterday, she said for the month, I used it every night, there were no leaks, my episodes averaged about 1.3 per night- so everything was good
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Now all they have to ask is "do you have your insurance card?"
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(02-14-2015, 11:25 AM)cookie810 Wrote: the airres website gives me all the basic info I need- I know there is a sd card in my machine but I am not that savvy

Well, obviously it doesn't tell you what you need, since you don't know what changed in your settings.

SleepyHead will tell you what your pressure settings are. If she didn't erase your SD card when she worked on the machine, it will still tell you what changed.

Lock your SD card before you put it into the computer and unlock it before you put it back into the machine, and you can't do any harm. I think the A10 CPAP machines aren't as picky about the SD card as the S9 machines were anyway.

Get the "testing" version of SleepyHead for your A10 machine. It's at


If you can't figure out whether you need the 64 bit version or 32 bit, the 32 bit version will probably work for you.

She may have turned off EPR. You can probably turn that back up without going into the clinician's menu. EPR reduces the pressure on exhale.
Get the free SleepyHead software here.
Useful links.
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If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
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