Alright so about 12 years back I did a sleep study and got this cpap, I couldn't bring myself to use it since it drove me crazy. Recently my quality of sleep has been so bad I can't function. I lost my job, it's affecting my relationship with my gf, etc.
back then they had me at a pressure of ten, but I dropped about 70 pounds (165-170) and that pressure is way too high. Looked online for formula, found I should be at six, but I was testing to see if air would go into my lungs if I stopped breathing (while awake) and it didn't, so I set it to 7.
I got about 3 hours of sleep last night without it and maybe 2 with it on, woke up this morning and my stomach was distended. Usually it's WAY behind my ribcage, but this morning it was sticking out further than my ribcage. I noticed people have issues with this, but I mean, is it safe to use?? Should I set it to 6 and see if it still pushes air into my stomach? I'm always too tired to make appointments or anything, so I'd really like some guidance. Thanks.
This is a subject alot deal with. I can only give you how my wife who had it very badly dealt with it. She had the blown up belly, pain gas the whole taco. Your swallowing air.
One you need software because you dont know what is going on while you sleep. We thought less pressure would equal less gas. And for a lot it does. For her it was the reverse of that. Once we got the software her pressure needed to go up a bit to stop most events. She was gobbling air when she would come out of a OA or a Hypopnea. Decreasing the events, lowered the gas. Still gets it but now no distended belly and after a few burps in the morning its gone.
A few other tricks she used. Going to a full face mask helped. If she mouth breathed with the nasal dried her mouth she swollowed to wet it so swallowed air. Going to a total face reduced the problem for her at least by a third.
Carbonated water. In the am she goes an drinks abit of sparkling water which helps bring up the gas.
So it could be to much pressure but it could as easily be not enough.
10-24-2014, 02:28 PM
(This post was last modified: 10-24-2014, 02:30 PM by linsomniac.)
the discomfort is something I'm not overly concerned with, as long as I'm safe, but my stomach isn't very big, and I don't know how much air it can hold. I'm more concerned about my stomach exploding or something idk. I'm kind of naive. It's not even air in stomach while I sleep, I wind up burping as I'm trying to fall asleep and eventually just throw my mask across the room in frustration. (tried to sleep at 1am, was still awake at 5am)