sroach wrote:Hello all,
I am very new (1 week) to CPAP and have been reading this forum almost non-stop for a couple days now. I am really glad I found it.
I do realize that it takes sometime to get used to and see the benefits for CPAP treatment, and I am logging my hours... But one thing I keeps me concerned, I think my pressure is too high. it is set on my Philips System One at 14. I use the ramp feature, and I find myself using it in the middle of the night a couple times because when I am at full pressure it feels like its very hard to exhale, like I have to fight the incoming pressure. Also in the middle of the night it feels like my lungs are getting a good workout.
one last note, during the ramp, I do find period that become very comfortable, i see myself being very comfortable with pressure between 6-8.
I called my doctor and they said it might be too high, asked me to come in.
Hi an welcome!
Through HS and college I played trombone and have often sang in Church. These activities use one's diaphragm well, you are constantly pushing hard to produce volume or a specific tone at the right time. If we could look in there, we would probably see well developed muscles and that the lining, lubrication systems, and tissues of my lungs are ready to handle the volume and pressures. I really do believe that this was part of what made it easy for me to use CPAP right from the first. I think anyone doing CPAP would do well to choose any of the above activities as well as public speaking and aerobic exercise. Other breath control intensive disciplines such as Yoga, Pilates, or even weight lifting could probably help as well.
Still, when the doc bumped my pressure from 13 to 15, well, there was a week or two when it kind of seemed a bit much. My lazy old lungs (I am now 57) just did not like that too well. Within three weeks I was back to just not thinking about it when I put the mask on. I have never used the ramp function.
I am suspicious that you doctor will be mainly concerned that you may be having Central Apneas. It is good to spend time with your doc. I kind of doubt he would have a problem with any of the above that I have suggested but you should ask him specifically.
Most xPAPs these days have the ability to gather data (snore rate, apneas, leak rates etc...) and you can purchase software to analyze that data. I believe it was well worth the investment of money (it us unlikely insurance will pay for that) and the time to use the software I did purchase and use with my CPAP - it has helped me find problems before they became daytime noticed problems.
From where I sit, it looks to me that you are running pretty high in the pack. Please do carry on!