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comebackgirl
Unread post  Post subject: Mask panic on night three  |  Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 4:57 am
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PAP Mask: DreamWear Full Face Mask
PAP Machine: DreamStation Auto CPAP
Humidifier: DreamStation Humidifier with heated tube
Pressure Setting: Currently 4-20, changing to 9-20

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I started using my CPAP three nights ago fully expecting it to be a very loud, very expensive, very uncomfortable disaster. First two nights, however, were great! Then came last night...

My whole body went into an absolute panic with the mask on, I've no idea why. It was like I had one of those facehuggers from Alien on my face. I was convinced no air was coming through (mask fit fine, no blockages anywhere) so I kept taking my mask off to prove air was coming through.

When I took my mask off, I was really sleepy, and as soon as that mask went on my face my adrenaline went through the roof.

I have realised that I need quite high pressure (well I don't really know what constitutes high pressure, just higher than it was on the first two nights) in order to convince myself it's doing something. Like many machines it was set to 4 with a ramp of 30 minutes. I noticed that around a pressure of 9 I actually started to feel the comfort factor that it was doing something.

Anyone else have totally irrational mask panic?

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Pugsy
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Mask panic on night three  |  Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 6:13 am
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PAP Mask: Bleep/DreamPort nasal mask
PAP Machine: ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her
Humidifier: ResMed AirSense 10
Pressure Setting: Depends on the machine as I actually have more than one

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Panic attacks are fairly common. Don't let them rule your life. Work through them.


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diamaunt
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Mask panic on night three  |  Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 2:17 pm
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PAP Mask: Resmed P10
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You can change the ramp, and min pressures, and probably should.

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ruck
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Mask panic on night three  |  Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 4:53 pm

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Change the minimum pressure to 9, and make sure the machine is set for the correct type mask you are using.


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SkinnyFemale
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Mask panic on night three  |  Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:35 pm

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Started in October. First 3 months for me was torture, and I would try to tolerate it and then rip it off. Apnea tests were in the severe category so I knew I had to keep trying. The concept of having something over my face when I was trying to sleep was horrible. I thought I would need a full face mask because I am a mouth breather. Tried 4 different ones and then decided to try nasal. That has been so much better. I now use a dreamwear that just tucks under my nose and the hose attaches on top. One strap around my head. I can even take a sip of water with it on. I use a wedge type pillow under my chin (but not around my neck) to control mouth opening. It works great. I have learned to manage and titrate my own machine. Currently on 7-11.4 pressure. Also have turned the ramp right off as it doesn't help me and was giving me a feeling of air hunger. I am getting good numbers now, usually under 1. Still bumping up my high pressure slowly 0.2 at a time until I hit the sweet spot where it is totally controlled. Drastic changes do not work for me. I am not sure why people are started at 4 and 20 and not given adequate instruction to manage their own settings. I have found a lot of help on utube and on this site. Good luck!


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