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Brick 
Hello,

I am a new member and am one month into my new CPAP experience. First let me say THANK YOU to all of you in this board/forum. You have provided a ton of useful information!!

So far ... my issues are as follows:

1. Middle back pain ... sometimes intense...not sure what to do.
2. mask effecting my skin. I swear I'm starting to look like a panda but no one else in the family thinks so.
3. I'm getting obsessed about seeing my score as soon as I wake up.
4. Can't settle on the right mask. I go back and forth from full face to nasal.
5. Not sure what to do when I travel (which I do a fair amount for work). Lugging everything and trying to find distilled water on the road has led to some funny episodes.

Anyway, those issues pale in comparison to the improved amount and quality of sleep that I am getting!

Any thoughts and/or reactions to any of the above would be appreciated.

Thanks
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#2
Welcome DrowsyNo, not sure what you mean by a panda, have you tried mask liners if the FFM is causing marks?
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#3
^^^

I feel like I got bags under my eyes nowadays too which is terrible. I am thinking the mask might have caused it or something.
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#4
Middle back pain, thats an odd one. After you wake up? Or does the CPAP force you into a position that causes it?
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(11-15-2013, 02:13 AM)eviltim Wrote: Middle back pain, thats an odd one. After you wake up? Or does the CPAP force you into a position that causes it?

History is that for the first 3 weeks or so, no issues with back. Then I changed from a full face to a nasal mask and after 2nd day with the new mask I experienced intense pain in my upper/middle back. Not enough to wake me up - but if i do wake up, I feel it.

Based largely on my reading in this board I have two theories:

1. It is something called Aerophagia which when you essentially swallow air, it gets trapped in your stomach. The pain from the bloating and gas can be felt in the back.

or

2. I am getting such good sleep (for the first time in many years) that I am actually staying in one place (on my back) and my muscles are getting sore from not enough movement.

I tend to think it is number 2 not number 1 because I use a chin strap and don't seem to breathe too much out of my mouth. But I guess it is possible to breathe through my nose and still swallow air??

Finally, I switched back to the full face mask hoping I would return to the pain-free days, and the pain remains. I will say it is less intense than the first few episodes.

There - probably more than you wanted to know!
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#6
Hi DrowsyNoMo,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
As far as switching back and forth between two different masks, that's ok, some people switch between different masks at different times.
Hopefully, your back pain setttles down as you get used to the CPAP machine.
Best of luck to you with your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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(11-15-2013, 12:43 AM)DrowsyNoMo Wrote: Hello,

I am a new member and am one month into my new CPAP experience. First let me say THANK YOU to all of you in this board/forum. You have provided a ton of useful information!!

So far ... my issues are as follows:

1. Middle back pain ... sometimes intense...not sure what to do.
2. mask effecting my skin. I swear I'm starting to look like a panda but no one else in the family thinks so.
3. I'm getting obsessed about seeing my score as soon as I wake up.
4. Can't settle on the right mask. I go back and forth from full face to nasal.
5. Not sure what to do when I travel (which I do a fair amount for work). Lugging everything and trying to find distilled water on the road has led to some funny episodes.

Anyway, those issues pale in comparison to the improved amount and quality of sleep that I am getting!

Any thoughts and/or reactions to any of the above would be appreciated.

Thanks

Your not the only one to experience what you're going through. I went through basically the same thing. I started out with a Nasal Pillow mask, didn't like it, tried ffm, nasal mask, finally went back to pillows with a chin strap and now feel comfortable at night with my machine.
Hang in there friend, things get better.
Sleep-wellCoffee
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#8
I've always used pillows. Tried a full face mask in hospital and didn't like it.
I'm not a Doctor but a fan of The Doctor. any views,comments etc are my own


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