Patients Sleep apnea
Ill-fitting CPAP or BiPAP mask
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My harness (that's what I call it) has to be put on so tight that straps stretch. I find my self using old strap velcro fastners to sow onto the straps lower down so I can keep the mask tight. It's a pain in my butt.
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Hello bobbutler, thank you for opening this discussion. Comfort and fit of sleep apnea masks is a topic that affects many of us I think in our community. Let me tag some other members who may be able to share a bit with you:
Hi everyone, how are you doing? Have you also had issues with the fit of your CPAP or BiPAP? What did you do about it? Were you able to make any adjustments like bobbutler has?
@Apfeifer @rhondaguyton @Editholson @ebonialeas2 @Some1special5670 @CHurley @Mahruth50 @Donnaa @dog-papahotmail.com @blue74 @bobert4252 @joannk970 @Nosepillows @Shajersey @Plumber
Feel free to share any thoughts or advice you may have here!
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Hi I'm new to this apnea. The mask and the whole thing confuses me when i take it off to wash it . Its like good luck.
How long has it taken others to get use to these things??
Hi everyone! I’m also new to this forum but I wanted to discuss my CPAP fittings. I’ve had to go through a few masks to get one to fit however, the current mask I’m using still leaks. I have a small airstream next to my right top part of my nose that flows into my eye and is annoying. To get this leak to stop, I have to move the mask down so that it’s further down my nose. Sometimes this is uncomfortable but most times it’s not. Thank you for listening.
Hi Patty, to answer your question on how long it takes to get used to, It’s different for each person. I can’t remember how long it took me, but I now know I can’t sleep without it. Hopefully it won’t take you long to get used to your C-pap
Hello, currently I have a nose piece not sure what the professional name is but this mask just fits over my nose. My problem has been drying of my mouth and throat. Can't wear the mask for more than 3hours a night. I have seen ENT doctor to see if I qualified for the new INSPIRE device for sleep apenea you can google it. Dr. Chang says my tongue is very thick at the back next to my throat which is a problem and to wear a complete mask. Dr. Chang went over my entire sleep study with me now I understand what the numbers mean. My main night problem with sleep is restless leg syndrome so my primary doctor has given me medicine for that which I sleep through the night. Now I will work again on using the c-pap machine with a full mask and see if I can wear it all night.
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Does you cpap have a humidifier. It’s a game changer for dry mouth.
@Pattyb2958gmail.com when I had my first sleep study the technician told me he didn't think I would be able to tolerate CPAP he said I got approximately two minutes of sleep the night of the exam . But I realized if I was going to live I had to get used to it somehow I started by doing two hours a night that was as much as I could tolerate and I wasn't sleeping well during those two hours and I eventually advanced it to 6:00 and then 8:00 and now I can't sleep without CPAP I literally freak is the electric goes out in the storm because I cannot sleep without it. It is more important to me than my Keurig LOL. But don't worry repetition seems to be the key it was for me and I eventually got to the point where I totally loved CPAP. It's a blessing to sleep at night and to feel refreshed and not worn out when I get up in the morning. Hang in there you can do this.
I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea as well. I've the machine a couple of weeks now, but I don't think I'm getting a good deal with my mask either. I'm not sure what to try next. The one I have now is a nasal mask.
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