"If we have centrals, why do we need extra pressure on the EPAP?"
Going to ask my doc the same question when I see him the end of the month. During the sleep study the higher the pressure the more centrals I got. Was borderline at best with only 7 apneas an hour at beginning of testing and then they made that worse by everything they seemed to do. And then they started me off on pressure that was high I didn't/don't understand why.
Least yesterday they were willing to work with me unlike some of the horror stories I've read about doctors unwilling to change settings as if they know best. After all it is our body and no one is better suited to know how we feel then ourselves !
I fiddled around with my mask also and got a better fit with it and no leaks at all in those 16 minutes. and I moved around on purpose to see how it would do at each new adjustment I made. Think one of the keys beside being comfortable with the pressure is ones mask fit. You won't sleep if its making noise leaking or is pinching/pressuring a spot on face/head. Am trying the Swift FX again the AirFit P-10 is just too lose, and moves around. Put the straps in hot water trying to shrink them back a bit, drying now. But if that doesn't help will have my wife take up a piece of the strap and re-sew it with her sewing machine. I wonder if the women's size on that mask is just a hair smaller .. anyone out there ever measure them??
Used HPA Lanolin on the nose pillows and it seems to help keeping them in place and should help with any irritation. Its kind of a stick substance, and it didn't make my nose to itch which I was afraid it would.
I was getting a lot of Centrals with a pressure of 12 - I dropped the pressure to 9 and the centrals dropped significantly.
I would like to encourage all of you that make changes in your pressures, etc., to make one change at a time and then leave that change there for at least a week and watch the data. One night won't tell the story as each night will be different.
Don't understand the previous comment about shrinking the straps.
All of my masks have adjustments available by pulling off the Velcro, tightening the strap, then sticking the Velcro back down.