I got my machine and a mask that "worked" in about early September, but didn't get the hang of it and only used it about once every week or so. [Mirage Swift Nasal Pillows and CPAP with humidifier.] Then in October, desperate as ever, I discovered this website and started reading all sorts of helpful posts which gave me the encouragement that I could really make it work. So, I got in a couple of good weeks and then started getting ear pain, which eventually developed into a full-blown sinus infection. Unfortunately, their was nothing my doctor could do for me until it developed into the full-blown infection. I don't know if either the ear pain or the sinus infection is related to using the machine, because I've always had sinus trouble, but not ear trouble.
So, basically, I stopped using the machine until after that was resolved because I didn't want to make it worse--that took about 6-8 weeks. Once my infection had cleared up on an antibiotic, I came back and got more suggestions from the website, and restarted using my machine nightly -- the bad thing is, I'm getting ear and sinus pain again. So here's what I'm wondering: is the ear/sinus problem common? and If I "flush" out my nose with the mixture I've read about on this website (salt, karo syrup, etc), might I prevent myself from getting another sinus infection?