the brewer's wife wrote:My husband's doctor has changed his machine from a CPAP to a BiPAP. I haven't been able to go to the past few appts, and I can't go with hubby to the DME to get his new BiPAP. Can anyone explain to me why one machine would be preferrable over the other and in what situations? Searches on this site gave me limited info. I hate to be "that wife" but I'm thinking of scheduling an appt with the ENT/sleep doc for myself so I can get the info and ask some questions. Thanks!
Bons wrote:Tell him (the truth) that many people find the bipap's different pressures for inhaling and exhaling a much more natural and comfortable way to breathe.
Daniel,Daniel wrote:Bons wrote:Tell him (the truth) that many people find the bipap's different pressures for inhaling and exhaling a much more natural and comfortable way to breathe.
I think you are missing the point of CPAP.......positive airway pressure, to splint the airway open while you breathe naturally using your own effort.....this is natural and comfortable.
On the other hand, BiLevel (BiPAP, VPAP, ASV etc) is Non Invasive Ventilation......this type of device encourages or instigates breathing.......certainly not natural and for all those who find it comfortable, there have been reports on the forum of people who find it uncomfortable as they find that the 'machine' instigates breathing and they have to synchronise to its tempo.......although, thankfully the newer devices often have an auto function that helps considerably.
I believe that this is the 'whole truth'.....
gwyn wrote:I'm a newbie (one week with CPAP) and have been searching and googling my problem with not being able to exhale normally and never falling asleep while fighting to exhale for hours. In the 6 total nights with a CPAP machine, using two different masks (Easy Life nasal mask, and the Opti Life nalas pillows), I've only fallen asleep for a total of 40 minutes out of 5 hours of trying, 1 hour out of 4 hours of trying, zero hours out of 3 hours of trying with the Easy Life nasal mask, and two nights with the nasal pillows for a total of 2 one-hour naps out of 5 hours trying and one 30 minute doze during 3 hours of trying.
I found this forum because of people mentioning the difficulty exhaling. How much of this is due to me being new and how much of this is physical and I should start asking for a B-PAP or VPAP machine? (And by the way, I was told I was getting a ResMed S8 Elite II, but when I got to the centery, they gave me a RemStar Plus C-flex. I've called them several times since reading these forums and they said they won't change it because it meets the prescription intent. I'm not a happy camper!)
So....Any tips on how hard I should push on getting a BiPAP machine? My life is sooooo much worse now that I'm on this machine than before it. I can't concentrate and my sleep deprivation level is dangerously high. I can't make social plans and I just want to curl up in a ball and shut out the world. I was so looking forwar do the CPAP IMPROVING my life....not making it unbearable! Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. The nasal pillows definitely helped with the claustrophobia and allow me to watch TV while tying to relax and get sleepy and quit thinking about my breathing, but it hasn't helped the craving to open my mouth and take a deep breath, and it hasn't helped to make exhaling feel "normal" in any way.
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