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New to cpap need help

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Gucci +0 points · over 3 years ago Original Poster

Hi I am new to cpap my doctor priscribed a 15 cm pressure for me I got a dreamstation for couple of weeks now and apnea is a bit better but not as my therapiest want it to be I am using a facial mask when i start the machine i can feel the pressure hard but after couple of hours i feel the pressure low I wad told that this is how it works as the heart get used to the pressure Is this how you guys find it working? I just wanna make sure i am in the right way Thanks for your help guys

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snuzyQ +0 points · over 3 years ago Sleep Commentator

Hi Gucci and welcome to the forum.

Yes. This is how CPAP therapy works. Our bodies adapt to the new treatment. Did your therapist set your machine up with Ramp and a length of time for ramp? If not, mention how you're feeling the pressure hard when you turn your machine on and that this is uncomfortable. Perhaps they can give you something other than fixed pressure CPAP? Perhaps auto CPAP would be more comfortable? Maybe a timed ramp with pressure starting at 7 cm? And maybe a range of pressures from 7 to 15 would be better than fixed at 15 cm because that way your body can "choose" the pressure it needs and adjust to whatever level of your airway obstructions? Ask them if they think that this might lead you to the improvement they expect from your CPAP treatment.

If you work with your therapists, you have the best chances of getting your CPAP therapy do what it's intended to do for your particular type of sleep apnea. There are different types. Plus, what gets done is written into your medical record and follows your treatment so that trained eyes can oversee what's happening to you. You want the best available treatment for your condition.

This is how to be sure you're in the right way.

Good luck to you.

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snuzyQ +0 points · over 3 years ago Sleep Commentator

I edited my reply per above.

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Gucci +0 points · over 3 years ago Original Poster

Thank you very much for your reply Actually i am ok with the pressure as i am using facial mask f20 I even had the flex option and asked to remove it I am also wondering if it make a difference if i lye down on my back or on my side The reason i am asking that i feel the pressure less when on my side Again thanks for your help

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snuzyQ +0 points · over 3 years ago Sleep Commentator

Yes...the side sleeping will help you and should help to reduce your apneas.

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Sierra +0 points · over 3 years ago Sleep Patron

If your Dreamstation is an automatic machine, it may be reducing pressure in the middle of the night because you are not having many events. Auto machines will have two set pressures, a minimum and a maximum. It may be that your minimum pressure needs to be increased. It will help you get more air in the middle of the night, and it may improve your AHI results. If your machine is an Auto CPAP model it is an automatic machine.

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Gucci +0 points · over 3 years ago Original Poster

Hi Tx for your reply My machine is auto cpap but settings were put as cpap not auto

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Sierra +0 points · over 3 years ago Sleep Patron

You could ask them to put the machine in Auto with a max pressure of 16 and minimum pressure of 14. It might be a little bit more comfortable and give you a better AHI.

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Gucci +0 points · over 3 years ago Original Poster

Sure will try that Really appreciate your help

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