Originally Posted by JaxRed
OK, you guys inspired me to use mine last night. I usually don't, normally because I don't see the huge increase in energy. Let me ask a question, after getting the initial setup, has anyone had testing done while wearing your mask to see if it was effective?
I have not had testing after my titration night. I really think my pressure needs to be increased. I'm a little frustrated that there are machines out there that can provide real data but my equipment company won't give me one.
The only thing I've been asked about was if I am seeing a difference during the day. That's very subjective and I can't say that I do. My doctor said I have one of the worse cases of sleep apnea he's seen and he was surprised I haven't been in a car accident or something.
I have a small nasal mask. I tried a full face but found it claustrophobic. The idea of nasal pillows kind of grossed me out. I have the Comfort Gel mask and love it compared to the one I tested with. I have very little leak unless I mess around with the strap adjustment ..... then it takes me a few nights to get it right again.
I have the Remstar M Series. The noise doesn't bother me. I find it rather soothing.
The only real hurdle I've had is "rain out". I had to work with the machine to get it to the right height so I wasn't getting splashed with water all night. My humidifier is set at the lowest setting. I have the machine about a foot below my head on a low table. I run the tube under a pillow or light blanket to insulate it a bit. Rain out is when the air is cool and condensation forms in your tubing. It eventually reaches your face. Pain in the butt!
Another watch out for folks. Put a sock or something over your mask in the morning. I've heard 2 instances where a spider has gotten into the tubing and ended up on someone's nose in the night. I also heard someone mention a cockroach.
Amusing story: there's a guy who keeps his machine on the floor. His dog laid next to it for warmth and proceeded to break wind. One concentrated snort of puppy gas was enough to make him move the machine.
There really is a fascinating community of hoseheads out there. I'm surprised at how many folks are using this therapy.