cowlypso wrote:I got the swift fx nasal pillows, because that's what I used during my titration study. I asked the RT at the DME about any other brands or options, since I had some problems during the study, but he said that everybody loves the swift fx and it's the best brand out there. He would not even show me any other options, just sent me home with the swift fx.
I've used them for 3 nights total, including the titration study. At the titration study, I used the medium size and woke up with a very sore left nostril. It took about 3 days for the sore to go away. The RT did give me both medium and small pillows to try. I tried the medium with KY jelly, but it still hurt the left side. I've slept the last two nights with the small size, which doesn't bother my left nostril at all. However, I think it's too small for my right nostril, since I've been having problems with leaks on the right side only. Honestly, I think what I need is a set of pillows with a small on the left and a medium on the right, but I don't think those exist.
I saw my doctor today and she was concerned that the leak is causing problems. My leak rate was overall around 25 for both nights, but the second night there were several periods where it went higher, up to 50. I also had double the AHI the second night, which is why the doctor was concerned.
I have an appointment with the DME tomorrow afternoon to work on this issue. Any suggestions to get the swift fx to work for me? I really like the minimalist design. Other brands of nasal pillows that might work better? I don't know that I can deal with a regular mask. I tried a nasal mask the night of my titration study, and it was awful. I have some sensory issues, and the mask pressing on my forehead along with the air blowing on my nose drove me nuts.
I'm a bit worried, because I keep getting different answers from my DME depending on who I talk to about their mask policy. The one lady I talked to before I got my machine said that technically there is no limit on how many times you can exchange masks, but it's got to be reasonable. The lady I talked to today said that you're only allowed to try two different masks, and after that you have to buy them out of pocket or wait until your insurance will cover a new one. If that's the case, I'm really mad that the RT didn't listen to me and sent me home with a mask that I had problems with at the study, since he essentially used up one of my two free trials.
What if I exchange the swift fx for another mask, and then find that the other mask is worse? If the lady I talked to today is correct, then I'm pretty much stuck with the next mask I take home! Is there any way to get them to just hold onto my swift fx mask there for a week while I try the new one, so that if I decide the swift fx was better I can go back to it?
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