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comfort v. apnea reduction
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cdm807 Offline

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Post: #1
comfort v. apnea reduction
I'm facing a tradeoff (very newbie!):
at pressure 5, hourly apneas generally in 2-4 range, with some discomfort.
Versus pressure at 4 and less discomfort, but hourly apneas now 5-7.

I'm new at this -- should I go back to pressure of 5, and "get used to it",
or are higher apneas not of much concern so pressure of 4 is OK?

Any opinions from veterans?
10-18-2016 09:58 AM
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TonyJ Offline

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Machine: System one auto 561CA
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CPAP Pressure: 8, 7-14
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Post: #2
RE: comfort v. apnea reduction
(10-18-2016 09:58 AM)cdm807 Wrote:  I'm facing a tradeoff (very newbie!):
at pressure 5, hourly apneas generally in 2-4 range, with some discomfort.
Versus pressure at 4 and less discomfort, but hourly apneas now 5-7.

I'm new at this -- should I go back to pressure of 5, and "get used to it",
or are higher apneas not of much concern so pressure of 4 is OK?

Any opinions from veterans?

My question would be "what was your prescribed pressure ?". Both 4 and 5 are extremely low and in my opinion neither are comfortable or effective treatment most cases.
10-18-2016 10:28 AM
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
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Post: #3
RE: comfort v. apnea reduction
It depends on what the comfort issue is. If it is simply a sensation of pressure, then you should use the higher pressure and eventually you will adapt. If the higher pressure causes a problem like air ingestion, that is not likely to get better in time. Most of us use considerably higher pressures and after a while, never notice it.

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10-18-2016 10:35 AM
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Rcgop Offline

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Post: #4
RE: comfort v. apnea reduction
As others have mentioned earlier, 4 and 5 are very low in CPAP land. I had to move mine to 6 in order to be comfortable. 4 and 5 leave me gasping for air and rapid breathing. 6 was like normal breathing. Now I have upped it to 6.4 and will probably go higher to stop the apneas.

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10-18-2016 11:58 AM
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Machine: ResMed Airsense 10 autoset
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CPAP Pressure: 8 (testing 7.8-10)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: New to AirSense 10 and AirFit P10, but 4 years on prev unit

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Location: Chicago outskirts (Aurora, IL)

Post: #5
RE: comfort v. apnea reduction
I was started at 5 and after something like 6 months or a year, I quit using it because I felt like I was suffocating. As the above people suggest, the pressure was too low AFTER I GOT USED TO IT. While getting used to it, 5 (or even 4) was helpful.

When I finally saw my doctor again and told him I wasn't using it, he changed the pressure to 8. But I *had* gotten used to it by then.

So: start at either one, and re-ask the question or re-think the issue in a month or three or six!
10-18-2016 04:07 PM
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