Jim..is your health care manager a Sleep Specialist?
We are not medical professionals and we are not aware of your medical background. The ASAA nor any posters using this forum, are not in the position to help you determine what your proper 'dosage' of therapy should be. Crohnie said the key words in an above post...
w/the supervision and oversight of our sleep professionals
The thing is, if your health care manager told you to adjust your pressure for two weeks then your health care manager should have told you HOW to adjust your pressure. We have no way of knowing how well you've educated yourself and how knowledgeable you are w/xPAP therapy - and even if we did forum rules would not allow us to tell you how to change your pressure.
Your health care manager sends a script to the DME to have them adjust the pressure..the same as he/she would send a script to your pharmacist to increase/decrease your dosage of a med. Two of the main things that can happen with a pressure that is too high for you..as Crohnie stated..are 1) pressure induced central apneas..this is when your brain forgets to tell your body to breathe and 2) pulmonary problems that could potentially cause your lungs to collapse, cause a clot ..or blow them out. Granted, we have the right to know our equipment...but on the other hand..we did not attend medical school. Back yard mechanics do not work in this case. By your posts it sounds as if you are going into this blindly..without any guidance from a medical professional. Turning to the internet for something that could potentially cause you to lose your life is not a good idea. Setting your own pressure is not as intrinsic as it seems.
As for the ringing in your ears...you need to address that with your Dr...there are a few things that could be happening....and any increase/decrease in pressure may cause adversity.
Please refer to the ASAA posting guidelines....http://www.apneasupport.org/viewtopic.php?t=600
This section in particular:
Posts about CPAP adjustments and self-treatment:
Although the ASAA advocates being proactive in ones treatment, we can not advocate or encourage making pressure adjustments or other CPAP clinical adjustments without consulting with your physician. Please do not post instructions or how to guides for making adjustments or entering clinician menus to make adjustments. We thank you for your understanding. Do not post links to clinician menus or similar menus not authorized for access by manufacturers; these sorts of posts will be moderated.
The ASAA advocates being proactive in ones treatment by coordinating patient medical treatment with qualified and knowlegable healthcare professionals. Being proactive in ones treatment is not the same thing as self-treating or self-medicating ones medical condition. Self-treatment/medication is defined as treatment without medical care. People owe it to their health and well-being to coordinate their medical care with healthcare professionals familiar with their medical history. We do not want readers of this forum to be convinced, from comments advocating self-treatment, to ignore or forego medical consultation and treatment. Self-treatment/medication is a private, individual choice. Forum discussion promoting self-treatment and self-medication may be moderated. Your cooperation with this is greatly appreciated.
Hope you can get this all squared away and on the road to good, SAFE,
I'm only a sufferer, not a medical pro. What I post are my thoughts as a sufferer, not that of the ASAA. As a moderator on these forums I oversee the posting rules. This is the internet, always discuss what you read with your medical team.