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Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
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Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
I'm having some issues with mask seal (and increased AHIs) that has only begun recently and was looking for some ideas for trouble shooting. I use the Resmed F20/Aircurve 10 (also have an F10) full face model and have so for nearly 1 year...I've never had seal issues until the past week and a half (and feel like crap as a result). I've replaced the mask and it didn't help. I've got it tightened down very tight and that didn't help. I've tried sleeping on my back (I'm normally a side sleeper) and that didn't help. I got a new hose and new head gear...no luck. I don't know what else to trouble shoot and was hoping someone here may have some advice. Could it be a seal in the water tank or the filter?
My first time attempting to attach sleepy head data so I hope it goes well.[attachment=10252]
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#2
RE: Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
I don’t think you attached an image showing the leak graph. That would be important.
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RE: Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
Yes thanks...I should add that my AHI level was good this night (last night), but has generally been bad (up to 18 AHI).  My leak rate exceeds 80 (whatever unit of measurement...well above the 24 that is the limit.     [attachment=10265]
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RE: Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
mindbullets :

If you go under Sleeprider or Bonjour signature you may find some answers if you read Mask Primer & Beginner's Guide to SleepyHead.

Also, as long as you stay on the same subject, use the same thread. Your first post was ok, all you need is to learn how to arrange your graphs. 

BTW welcome to ABF!  

  
     Bob.
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RE: Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
Ok, thanks for the advice.
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RE: Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
Did you try changing the humidifier tank? There are only so many places where a leak might occur. It looks like you already changes the hose and mask, so maybe try a new humidifier tank.
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RE: Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
I don't see how a faulty water reservoir could be the cause of a leak in the mask / pillow. 

No way could a leak in the air filter be responsible for a leak in the mask. 

I found if I tightened my head gear down too much, it made the leak(s) worse. As another poster recently stated, there's a sweet spot that you need to find in regards to head gear tightness. 

I had a new pillow on my mask and it made my AHI's rise. I loosened the straps and my AHI's dropped.
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RE: Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
It sounds like you have been using a full face mask for a year or so and now find you have more leaks. You have tried solving that problem by tightening the straps to force a seal. Chances are, you need a new mask or cushion, and need to loosen the fit. A mask seals as it inflates against your face. Using excessive strap tightness makes the fit worse, not better. See the Mask Primer wiki in my signature.

You are using an Aircurve 10 Vauto at 8-18 pressure with PS 5, and the settings seem to generally work pretty well for you. There is a cluster of UA, which is simply apnena events where the leak rate is to high to differentiate the type of apnea. Your pressure does not seem to rise much during the night, so I suspect the UA cluster may be a positional obstructive apnea. We can keep an eye on that and see if there is a simple corrective action we should consider. These are typically caused by sleeping in a position where you tuck your chin toward the chest and restrict the airway.
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RE: Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
(02-16-2019, 10:02 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: Thanks much for the advice.  I do indeed have a brand new f20 mask.  I hoped this would cure the problem.  I also have an f10 mask that I have only used twice.  Neither helped.
Anyway, it sounds like I should definitely loosen the mask.  I will also keep the positional theory in mind; I did indeed sleep on both my side and my back.  I will compare a side sleep night with a back night and see if there is any difference.  
Again, much appreciation for your time.




It sounds like you have been using a full face mask for a year or so and now find you have more leaks. You have tried solving that problem by tightening the straps to force a seal.  Chances are, you need a new mask or cushion, and need to loosen the fit. A mask seals as it inflates against your face. Using excessive strap tightness makes the fit worse, not better.  See the Mask Primer wiki in my signature.

You are using an Aircurve 10 Vauto at 8-18 pressure with PS 5, and the settings seem to generally work pretty well for you. There is a cluster of UA, which is simply apnena events where the leak rate is to high to differentiate the type of apnea. Your pressure does not seem to rise much during the night, so I suspect the UA cluster may be a positional obstructive apnea.  We can keep an eye on that and see if there is a simple corrective action we should consider. These are typically caused by sleeping in a position where you tuck your chin toward the chest and restrict the airway.
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RE: Sudden leaking issue after no problems for a year
I made really wide custom straps from an old t-shirt, I can't justify paying $50 for simple straps, mine work better and since they are wide they don't press too hard on my head. I have alot of veins running around my skull and the regular straps were giving me headaches and puffy eyes in the morning. Not to mention I get alot less leaks now.
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