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ZolliStar posted a discussion

New mouth device on the market

I've been hearing advertising for this product over the past few days.  It's sold as something to help snoring, but as I look at the information it seems to me that it would work just as well as my mandibular advancement device (MAD).In other words, this could help some of us with sleep apnea.Read about it here.Anybody have any thoughts about this?  See More
99 replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"Hi Richard I mainly use an empty humidifier as it reduces noise"
Feb 16
richard graham left a comment for richard graham
"When I can afford it I'd like to get New machine with heated tube"
Feb 10
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"I would like to see this forum active again as well. I will be more aware of what's going on"
Feb 10
ZolliStar posted a discussion

If you have trouble falling asleep....

I thought that when I got my sleep apnea diagnosis, that -- at last! -- all my sleep problems had come to an end.Ha!I have trouble falling asleep. Indeed, I rarely feel sleepy at night although I do feel tired. I even cut back on computer at night, etc., etc. (and installed f.lux on my computer) but I still had trouble. Now I'm doing something different: wearing special glasses (Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear glasses). They block out the blue -- and they're making a difference! First I tried…See More
Feb 1
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"i have purchased some silver the make my own colloidal silver"
Dec 21, 2014
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"just add to the distilled water it is antimicrobial eg cleans your machine and is beneficial for keeping you healthy  from bugs germs viruses you get the picture and when you need to clean the humidifier out, put water on your plants the silver…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"If the heated tube works with your machine I would try that.  They also make covers for your tubing which may help some.  I think the heated tube may be your answer.  Keep us posted."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Richard, some folks just use the humidifier in a Passover mode.  They just don't turn it on, but let the air pick up moisture without heat."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"99, where have you been?  Do you add the colloidal silver to your humidifier?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"I Andy, I realize I'm months behind your post.  I have no idea why your S8 would stoop collecting data.  I'm glad to hear  you're having such improvement with your apnea.  I have made great strides since I changed…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?
"Andy, just found your post.  I don't know anything about this new machine.  How are you liking your new ResMed?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for Kay Day
"Kay, I haven't been around myself and miss the old, active forum."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Hi Richard,  I don't bother with a humidifier.  Someone on the forum suggested not using it and I'm a lot less congested without it.  A good AHI is under 5.  I use the Wisp and have been since it came out.  I think…"
Dec 21, 2014
hifay replied to Mary Z's discussion Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis
"Always something. Thanks for the information."
Dec 21, 2014
99 posted a discussion

colloidal silver

a humidifier can be used with colloidal silverthis can keep the humidifier clean for day maybe weeks or longer without the need to clean the humidifiersilver colloidal is antimicrobial and you could just top up your humidifier without cleaning and at the same time treat your bodyor you just put silver on it own into the humidifierSee More
Dec 20, 2014
richard graham posted a status
"I feel like the humidifier is making me feel yucky and I'm waking up hacking and having to clear my throat a lot for a while."
Nov 3, 2014
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2, 2014
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
Sep 29, 2014
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
Sep 29, 2014
What do you do to avoid the bridge of your nose from being sore? I wake up with a mark on it every mornings are worse. It this a problem I will need to live with ...or do you think it is a fit problem with my full face mask?

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I had a similar problem with a Fisher & Paykel nasal mask - brought it in to a different durable medical equipment provider (not the big national chain that sold me it) and they said it was the wrong size. sure enough, i got a larger size, and things were fine. you can also try a different mask - each mask is different enough so it's unlikely it will hit you in the same spot as the other. you can also buy products online to line your mask with soft material -- i think karen moore, a member of the group, sells these products -- called Pad a Cheek. you can search for her on the site and leave her a message. you can also try a makeshift solution like a band aid or something to put on the spot that's getting irritated. hope some of those ideas give you food for thought. probably others have other solutions that would work equally well. my advice though is NOT to settle for pain/discomfort with the mask. you don't have to, so you shouldn't.
I'd say a fit prob for sure! Mask size and fitting is critical with PAP therapy. There are some adjustments that could be done provided you have the correct mask size. What make and model of mask do you wear?
Its hard to beat Karen's Padacheek products. But a good interim "fix" can be a Mack's Silicone Ear Plug. Roll half of one in the palms of your hands to form a rope or tape and lay that on your mask cushion where it fits over the bridge of your nose. It not only provides some padding it makes a great seal and prevents air leaks into the eyes. In fact, you can use a full Mack's Silicone Ear Plug to fit around the entire mask cushion for a good seal to your face.

Hanging your hose above you head can also help as that eliminates the hose tugging down on your mask which tends to dislodge the mask a bit and turns the cushion edge up to cut into your nose bridge.

Whilst fitting your mask to your face, always be laying down, sit the mask on your face slightly lower than where you want it on your nose, turn your CPAP on, adjust your straps COMFORTABLY, lift the mask a bit off your face and as you let it lay back down on your face slip it slightly up your nose into its proper placement. That turns the edge of the cushion UNDER so it doesn't cut into the bridge of your nose. Run your fingertip along the seamline between cushion and face to eliminate minor leaks.
I wear a: Mirage Quattro Resmed full face mask. I wonder if I should go back to my supplier and try another mask. Do they ever let you bring more than one home to check out?
Do you have the Quattro Small size? I wasn't wild about that thin cover on the Quattro cushion either. SHARP edge. Altho it is a very popular full face mask.

Just how lenient a mask exchange policy local DME suppliers allow varies from supplier to supplier. Actually, they should alll offer a lenient mask exchange policy since Resmed, Respironics and Fisher & Paykel will replace FREE to the local DME suppliers most of their mask models that patients have tried and been unsuccessful with IF the supplier fills out a form and returns that mask W/IN 30 DAYS.
Many people report that the RemZzzs cloth mask liners help tremendously with soreness on the bridge of the nose. I have also read that many people find relief with the PadaCheek products as well. What really helps is to get the skin away from the silicone mask skirt so that there is a reduction in contact with the silicone and perspiration--these are known to irritate the skin on the bridge of the nose. It also helps to find something that absorbs some of the oil on the surface of the skin which adds to the irritation. There are also those out there that talk about using moleskin or cotton balls on the nose bridge with varying results. People have tried many things, but probably the best thing is something that allows the strap tension to be reduced while maintaining a good seal and keeping the silicone away from the skin as much as possible. I agree with Mike, you shouldn't settle for discomfort and a poor CPAP therapy experience.
I recommend using either the Hybrid or the Liberty mask, they cover the mouth like a full face mask but they have nasal pillows for the nose, so you don't have any thing pressing on the bridge of your nose and if you wear glasses you can even read with your glasses on with the mask on! I have tried many many different FF masks and I just can't stand the pressure they all put on the bridge of my nose! Anyway it might be worth trying? Good Luck to You
Get a product called moleskin from the drugstore it comes in sheets, you'll have to cut it to size. I cut mine to about 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches stick it to where it is getting sore before you go to sleep. Also check to see for proper sizing of your mask. those little sore spots can get nasty with out protection, sometimes they start out like a pimple after the spot , then they get infected. if it does that see a dermatologist immediatly! the infection will take weeks to heal and leave a scar
Mary J,
I too am a ResMed Mirage Quattro user. To me, it sounds as if you have the nose bridge adjustment (the dial) set to low and it is applying to much pressure. You need to keep in mind the mask is not a set and forget type. You need to fit it every night as you never get the head gear in the same spot each time. The cushion at the bridge should "inflate" to provide the proper seal, not compress to seal. It takes some getting used to.

When I had this problem it was because I was wearing the mask too tight.

The problem I have now is that the strap causes a pressure sore on the back of my neck. I got a small piece of soft fabric and fold it over once and put it between the strap and my skin and it works great.

I'm sure the size thing is very important too.

I find that my mask begins to leak more toward morning, so, in the beginning, I continued to tighten my straps in the morning. Well, this led to the mask being too tight all night. Now, I just shift my position to help the mask seal better early in the morning and that seems to work. As far as I know, my machine does not have leak compensation.
Try a nasal pillow instead, it might help since it only seats below your nostrils, but the sides can be a little uncomfortable, but won't hurt your nose bridge.
All of today's CPAPs can compensate for some leak. But none can compensate for too high a leak rate.

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