(02-12-2014, 02:57 AM)archangle Wrote: By the way, it's not oxygen overdose, but aerophagia/bloating is a real problem.Thanks Archangle, I am completely and honestly surprised to see some ppl trying to help. Much appreciation and I am working with both the doctor and the DME technician. Hopefully the new settings might do the trick...Thanks again I am taking any and all info to gear up to my sleep doctor
There are some good suggestions above.
If the sleep center is not familiar with aerophagia, they are grossly incompetent. I suspect they're just trying to bully you into not complaining about it because they don't want to deal with it.
Some people have gotten considerable relief by having a COMPETENT person adjust their settings, especially if they have a higher end machine like you have. There are a lot of settings to tinker with. You may have to really fight hard with them to get them up off their fat backsides and take the effort to do things right. Many of the DMEs and technicians are lazy and don't really care enough to adjust things right for the patient, they only care about doing what's necessary to get the insurance company to ring the cash register. Many "sleep" doctors don't really understand what the CPAP machine settings can do.
However, it's not a sure thing that you can fix bloating by adjusting the pressure settings.
If nothing else, they can probably lower the maximum pressures and reduce the bloating at some risk of not getting good therapy. Your machine records your breathing every single night, so they can safely lower the maximum pressure and see if it still stops your apnea.
Some people find wearing the machine during the day while reading or watching TV will help them adjust to the machine. It also counts towards your 4 hour requirement for insurance, since the machine doesn't know you're not asleep.
One warning, though. If you need to move your machine to use it while reading or watching TV, take the water tank out before moving the machine, so you don't kill the machine by spilling water back into it.
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