I thought that with the positive air pressure in CPAP, it would be EASIER to inhale (and hopefully not harder to exhale) than with no mask. But that is not my experience. With 2 different masks now, the effort required for me to suck in enough air so that I don't feel like I'm starving of oxygen is much, much greater while wearing a CPAP mask than without. The air I'm breathing in seems like the carbon dioxide I just breathed out. I feel like I'm getting no oxygen and have to make so much effort to breathe that it keeps me awake. When not wearing CPAP, my respirations are shallow and effortless. With CPAP, I have to suck in air hard, and since it seems to have so little oxygen, I continue breathing with a lot of effort. It is very unpleasant. In the end, I just rip the mask off so that I can get some oxygen.
My Respironics unit is set to auto, 4-20. Stats show that it never goes above 8 at night.
Am I doing something wrong?
|Mask: Swift™ FX Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask with Headgear|