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ZolliStar posted a discussion
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liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I've been doing well.  I think you were going to try the cpap without humidity- did that help at all?  I haven't had a cold for a couple of years."
May 14
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"CPAP seems to cause stuffiness in many of us.  ANother reason I hate it so much!Do you rinse your nose with saline once a day…maybe before you go to bed for the night? "
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do wake up stuffed up most days"
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do have non allergic rhinitis. Now I'm thinking that's probably it because I only feel that way for a day or 2. Thank you"
May 4
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I have been lucky.  Not one cold past three years. Could some of your problem be allergies?"
May 4
richard graham posted a discussion

sick again

It seems like I am sick with colds more often when I'm on the CPAP. Anybody experience that.
Apr 30
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
Apr 20
Clueless in Redwood Shores replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"I had it on the same outpatient basis.  Much pain, no long term gain.  I did not have the annual repetition - that might or might not have made the difference. "
Apr 20
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13

CPAP pressure vs. the air that escapes from the front of the mask

One of the downsides to my CPAP therapy is that whenever I face the middle of the bed, I have to block the front of my mask becuase the air that blows from the holes above my nose bugs my wife. So, my question, is if my machine is set at 13, am I really getting this much pressure, since there seems to be alot of air coming out of the front of the mask? I am guessing the reason this air blows from the front of the mask is to deal with carbon dioxide that we all exhale, but, does this air escape affect the pressure setting and the level of therapy provided by CPAP? I'm not talking about mask leaks, but, this is the air that escapes thru the holes that are naturally in the mask when it was produced. Thanks,

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to rephrase your question, you're asking whether any of the prescribed pressure "leaks" on inhalation, not on exhalation, which we all know to occur, and if it doesn't leak on inhalation, why not because there are holes there? I'm fairly sure that none of the air leaks on inhalation, just on exhalation, so that if you're prescribed 13 cm of water pressure you do in fact get delivered 13 cm of water pressure, but we'll see what the pros have to say.
Not sure how the end user product flow rate works, but in the lab at 13cmwp our machines fluctuate from abou 12.5 to 13.1cmwp. I could not imagine a true consistancy in any type of airflow. too many parameters. Hose length, does it have a bend or a kink in it, type of mask, type of cpap unit. The machines job is to keep you as tuned into your sleep number as it possibly can. I think for the most part they do this well. As for the air vent in front of your mask, I would not advise covering it. This is for co2 to escape during exhalation. This will for one cause laeks in your mask by making it rise of off your face. also we would not want you to suffocate. Not a major worry but it could happen as the high amounts of co2 could cause problems.
The pressure largely depends on wheter the machine has leak compensation. If it does then it should adapt to medium leak amounts. The mask problem can usually be overcome by changing the mask to a mask that vents not directly forward. The mask should leak at around 24l per minute by itself.
The air that leaks out of nthe front of the mask. It's supposed to...1.) as a vent. To get rid of the nasty bi-products of resperation. 2.) if the power goes off you'll have some way to breathe until you wake up, and take off your mask.
I agree with the chorus. There is a continuous leak, during both inhalation & exhalation, that is compensated for by the flow generator.
So it's supposed to do that? I hadn't noticed it at first, but in the last week, it seems to have suddenly appeared? Could be just me not noticing until recently. Is it supposed to come out around the plastic tube that the longer tubing connects to?
yes all mask's have vents, of some kind.

Monica said:
So it's supposed to do that? I hadn't noticed it at first, but in the last week, it seems to have suddenly appeared? Could be just me not noticing until recently. Is it supposed to come out around the plastic tube that the longer tubing connects to?
Oh my gosh I have been dizzy for several weeks since I got my new mask. From this forum I think I just figured out that I covered the exhale hole when I got it and now have too much C02 in my system!!! No one ever told me not to cover that hole or what is was for.....yikes....
Thank you so much for this info, you really helped me out as I had no idea what that hole was for and I have been light headed for weeks!!! You would think the doctor or med equipment people would tell you this stuff....

Duane McDade said:
The air that leaks out of nthe front of the mask. It's supposed to...1.) as a vent. To get rid of the nasty bi-products of resperation. 2.) if the power goes off you'll have some way to breathe until you wake up, and take off your mask.
Mike said:
... so that if you're prescribed 13 cm of water pressure you do in fact get delivered 13 cm of water pressure, but we'll see what the pros have to say.

I would expect the pros to be less than enthusiastic on the idea of water pressure..... ;-)

Besides the practical reasons for the vents, I'm glad they are there, sometimes I put my hand in front of my mask to make sure the machine is on, otherwise I'm not sure if it is. My husband has noticed the "breeze" too - I don't think it bothered him though.

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