12-09-2015, 12:58 PM
Looks like the valve in the elbow joint stopped working, and now I breathe out into the tube, then breathe that back in.
I wake with horrible headaches. And even worse, I am now unable to fall asleep without the CPAP on.
Should there be a warranty?
I look in all the stores, and no one seems to be selling just the elbow join for my AirFit F10 mask?
Anyone know what's up with that?
12-09-2015, 01:23 PM
(This post was last modified: 12-09-2015, 01:24 PM by justMongo.)
You mean the flapper valve right?
With CPAP pressure, that valve is to remain closed.
The only time the flapper valve should open is when the machine is off; or the machine is failing to deliver pressure.
The flapper valve is the anti-asphyxia valve.
Your mask is flushed with fresh air by expelling air through the vents around the circumference of the place where the elbow plugs in.
Make sure the mask vent holes in the diffuser ring are clean and open -- else you will re-breath air with a higher CO2 content.
The elbow is considered part of the mask and is not available separately.
Since you're new to this, I'd recommend you take it to your doctor or equipment supplier to be checked.
If defective -- it MUST be replaced for your safety.
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I would take it back to where you got your machine and mask and show them what is going on.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you with your CPAP therapy and getting your mask problem straightened out.