07-03-2016, 12:20 PM
Hi Guys, I'm fairly new to having a Cpap machine and have just joined this board but I'm hoping I might find some good advice here.
I've been using my machine for about 4 and a half weeks now, the first 2 weeks it was set on Apap so it detected when I was asleep and I didn't get any more the a 4 pressure while awake. Then it was switched over to Cpap now that we had a reading of how high I needed it to be, It's now on 18.5 pressure which is quite high.
As you might imagine I have needed to tighten the mask straps a lot in order to cope with the new pressure. This was fine for the first couple of night but I have noticed a painful trend of getting a sorer and sorer neck each morning due to the tightness of the straps. I have tried loosening them again but this leads to more air leakage and the mask slipping during sleep.
So my question is this, Has anyone else had this problem? If so how did you resolve/lessen it?
If it helps any this is my mask The Simplus full face mask.
Your pressure is on the high side of things. I use the Simplus and have leak problems when the pressure gets above 14. I have had to tighten it down quite a bit, but not enough to cause neck pain. I'd consider changing to a different mask. Someone here who also uses a higher pressure should be able to suggest some candidates.
Your mask (I have used it) has a silicon seal where it fits to your face. This seal should never be crushed against your face so that the hard plastic is pushing directly against your face.
Tighter straps for higher pressure, but not so tight to crush the silicon.
What keeps masks from leaking is friction. The friction of the silicon seal against your face. If you face or the mask is not completely oil free then you won't get enough friction to keep the silicon from slipping and causing a leak at high pressure.
Clean the mask and your face every night (the silicon should feel sticky). Put it on and turn on the pressure. slightly pull the mask away from your face so that the silicon seal inflates and then set the mask back against you face. Strap adjustment is done 1/8 inch at a time, they are very sensitive. If the mask is floating properly you should not put too much pressure on your neck.