I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. Hopefully it will get better soon when you get a chance to talk to the doc.
Maczilla wrote:As to the technician she did well in setting me up as for changing the settings I'm not allowed to do anything except from the doctors approval.
The ramp and C-flex/A-flex are patient comfort features and you should have access to changing (some) of their settings. Please talk to the tech and ask what the Flex setting is. It sounds as though you need to have Flex turned on.
As I addressed the issues to the tech I explained I felt this weird pain on the side of my neck while using the machine, as well as the dryness and exhaling issue as well.
Neck pain? Are you sleeping in a weird position in an effort to not jostle the mask? That might explain the nech pain.
Dry mouth? Chances are you are opening your mouth. Are you using a nasal mask, a pllows mask, or full-face mask that covers both your mouth and nose?
Exhaling problems. Part of this is the flex issue. But part of it is just getting used to the machine AND the fact that you've started to panic makes it even harder.
Or their unit was a bipap as theirs would be a top notch setup.
The titration unit is a special unit that can be set up in a variety of modes including simple CPAP. The tech can increase the pressure remotely based on what the sensors are saying. You may have felt "safer" in the lab knowing that if you had some kind of problem, the tech was there to take care of it. For example, if you were using a nasal mask on the lab study and mouth leaks were a serious problem, the tech could come in and fit you with a full face mask.
But at home, it's just you and the machine. For some people that's simply scary at the start. And so anxiety is probably part of your problem. Can you wear the mask when you are awake and have no intention of going to sleep without it triggering problems with exhaling?
I didn't mention this the pollen in our area os unreal and the air we blow in with the fan makes my nose so stuffy. It has cleared up when I used the system last night at first.
Breathing through the mask gives you filtered air. You can even get an ultra-fine filter that will filter out the pollen. Really helps with the night time congestion---as long as you don't start breathing unfiltered air through your mouth.
Mention the seasonal allergies to the doc when you get a chance. You may find that you are more comfortable with the mask if you are NOT congested when you first put it on. I've had to get much more aggressive about treating my seasonal allergies since starting CPAP. It helps with my comfort when I put the mask on at night.
Then as I was sleeping deeper that's when I got the dry mouth I might have opened my mouth as I have a cough from the acid reflux going on. Didn't mention that as well.
[/quote]The dry mouth is most definitely due to opening your mouth in my opinion.
Also mention the acid reflux to the sleep doc. While some people find that the PAP helps their reflux, other folks find the CPAP seems to aggravate it. Or the CPAP triggers aerophagia---air in the stomach. And the reflux problem could be related to your current problems with exhaling against the pressure.
Best of luck getting some sleep tonight.