Hello! Thank you for responding to my question. I have read some more, taken more steps, and am waiting for a call back from my doctor. Let me tell you where I am now.
I read up on cleaning and maintenance of the P10 andthought perhaps somehow it was just clogged. So I soaked it and scrubbed it. It is SLIGHTLY better but still very very little air passes through the vents. This is with or without the nasal pillows. Even after removing the nasal pillows and creating a seal over the hard plastic vent piece with my mouth and placing my hand over the pipe air does not travel through the mesh in any appreciable quantity. I may have a defective mesh I am uncertain.
I cleaned it again and set everything back up. Put everything together. Turned it on, full pressure and then experimented with ramping. Not a single chance of me being able to breathe. I tried to adjust the strapping, how the nasal pillows were situated, and changed to different size pillows. The only thing I can come to is the vent. Can anyone recommend a different but similar mask? I do not mind noise (I sleep alone) or venting air. I've slept on downtown streets for two years I can sleep through a little airflow.
Thank you so much for your time and knowledge!
Thank you very much for replying so swiftly! I've done a lot of reading and I know it takes time and dedication to get used to the changes in pressure, breathing habits, and the feeling of a mask. I readily admit I dont know what I'm doing at all.
But in my reading I've seen a lot of people talk about how the exhaled breath from the vents sometimes bothers them, or can gust across their skin and such. No air escapes my vents. Not a single whiff. And should I not be able to breathe at least mainly normally when it isnt even attached? Again I dont know. In a perfect world I would be in contact with my doctor more but again, I'm sure she has her hands full right now.
A singular question really. If I exhale into my nasal pillow mask, should I feel air escaping the vents, or even without pressure should I feel like I am backed up?
Oh! Sorry again I'm not used to all this the mask is an AirFit P10 Nasal Pillow System.
I do hope it's as simple as I'm not wearing the mask properly...or that I'm missing some crucial step or issue. I will endeavor to see if fit or adjustment can get me any air flow. Thank you again.
Hi, I'm not very used to this so I'll keep this brief. I'm about a week into my CPAP therapy right now and the first two days were amazing. Weird but amazing. I woke with such energy that I hurt myself exercising.
But now it has changed. I cannot breathe when I have my nasal pillow mask on. I cannot exhale. There feels like there is 0 air exiting the vent holes in the front. Even when I remove the hose from the machine and just wear the pillows I cannot get rid of my carbon dioxide exhale and get good air in, I begin to suffocate. When I'm trying to do my therapy it feels like my sinuses are ballooning, and my heart rate soars and so I cannot sleep. First day, solid eight hours. Next day four and five. Next day less than four. And worse as time has gone on. I am thinking of consulting my doctor but in this time of trouble I'd like to avoid bothering her if its something silly I'm overlooking.
I have a very basic Dreamstation which has a ramp up feature but nothing else. Even on 6 I cannot breathe and my setting is at 14. If more info is needed I'll keep an eye here. I just really want to go back to that first night.
The only things I can imagine is the vent holes have a fault. They are not allowing the right amount of exhalation to be released. Again this isnt about pressure even with the hose taken off I cannot breathe properly. Thank you for any help.