I'm a 67 year old diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2016.
Cape Town, South Africa
Thank you Sierra. I can adjust the settings myself. My CPAP was originally set at 18 two years ago and then reduced right down to 10. This aerophagia started a few weeks ago so I thought maybe 10 was too low so increased it to 12 and then to 14 but this made no difference. As my AHI levels are very low I'm going to take it right down to 8 and set it at RAMP ONLY and see if that makes any difference.
Does anyone on this forum fully understand how the Resmed S9 Elite model works? I’ve been on CPAP for about two years now. I took a break for a few months earlier this year but my general health deteriorated again. Since I restarted in October I wake up every night after 3 to 5 hours with intense pain and extreme nausea in my chest and abdomen. It takes about an hour of kneading my abdomen to expel air before the pain subsides. I visited the sleep clinic (Cape Town, South Africa) yesterday but after checking the CPAP settings and checking my Mirage Quattro mask they were happy with the equipment and the reading on the SD card, but they didn’t seem to understand the problem of waking up in pain every night. I have thought of visiting an anaesthetist who might be able to advise me but thought I’d put it out to this forum initially. Please I’d appreciate any help I can get. Many thanks 🙏
One other thing I don’t understand. Under Settings the EPR is set at FULL TIME and the EPR Level set at 3. Does this sound right or should it be changed?
Yes I agree with you totally. I’m in Cape Town SA and the sleep doctors here don’t know much. Each time I see them it seems they just want to sell you something new. Don’t know what I’d do without this forum.
Thank you very much for your reply - most enlightening! I think I'll stay with my S9. I recently lost my excess weight and felt so much better I stopped using the CPAP some months ago. However the lethargy and bad morning headaches came back plus I started having dreadful night tremors, so I'm back on the CPAP. I lowered the setting to 14 and sleeping comfortably again. My only complaint I often wake up with bad stomach pains from swallowed air. Any words of wisdom for that. I live in Cape Town SA by the way.
I currently use a Resmed S9 CPAP machine. I'm thinking of changing to a Resmed S10 Autoset. Does anyone know whether it is worthwhile changing? I like the idea of the pressure changing according to your breathing pattern but don't know effective the S10 is.
I also get a sore on the bridge of my nose. I was sold a silicone pad but it was too big and caused lots of leakage. So I've cut the silicone into small pieces which I cover with a regular plaster. This does help for a while but the sore does come back after a week or two so I give the mask a break for a night or two until the sore heals. But I'm interested to know what "smashed face syndrome" is? I've recently developed a facial twitch which I'm not too happy about!
I have recently developed a twitch on the right side of my face, which has been pointed out to me. It seems to be when I blink. I cannot feel it myself but if I hold my hand on my cheek I can feel it twitch. I was wondering whether anyone else has experienced this? I wear a full face mask, Resmed Mirage Quattro, and maybe the pressure of it is affecting a facial nerve. Any ideas?
Thank you so much for your quick response Sierra. I will continue to look for demineralised or RO. Given up on distilled. The info on checking for Ca or Mg is most useful. There is an Active Plus P1000 Brita here - maybe I'll use that if I have no luck in the shops!
Hi. I am on holiday in the UK and can't find the correct water to use in my CPAP. Can someone please tell me which types of water are acceptable? I can buy distilled water off the shelf in some supermarkets in SA but can't find it on the shelves in the UK. Also tried online, Boots, Halfords, Waitrose, etc. Unfortunately the sales assistants don't seem to know one water from the other. Can you please clarify for me? Thanks.
Thanks for that. I'm in South Africa and I don't think there many varieties of masks here. I will look out for the one you suggest tho. My skin is obviously very sensitive. When I cover the one sore that has healed I see another one breaking out in a different area.