My mask is making me feel claustrophobic?

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My mask is making me feel claustrophobic?

Post by back2good » Tue May 08, 2012 1:05 pm

I feel like when I have it on I am on the verge of going into a panic attack.

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Re: My mask is making me feel claustrophobic?

Post by Pugsy » Tue May 08, 2012 1:13 pm

Which mask do you use?
I may have to RISE but I refuse to SHINE.

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Re: My mask is making me feel claustrophobic?

Post by back2good » Tue May 08, 2012 1:17 pm

It's a nasal mask. It covers my whole nose.

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Post by Guest » Tue May 08, 2012 1:18 pm

back2good wrote:I feel like when I have it on I am on the verge of going into a panic attack.
Having too much humidity and/or ramp (lower starting pressure) settings too low or for too long can contribute to that.

If you know what your settings are, please list them so we may give you some suggestions.


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Re: My mask is making me feel claustrophobic?

Post by LSAT » Tue May 08, 2012 1:48 pm

back2good wrote:It's a nasal mask. It covers my whole nose.
Masks have names......

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Re: My mask is making me feel claustrophobic?

Post by back2good » Tue May 08, 2012 1:53 pm

There is a five minute ramp and the humidity setting is on 2.

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Re: My mask is making me feel claustrophobic?

Post by Gerryk » Tue May 08, 2012 2:04 pm

What kind of nasal mask what is the name of it?

How long have you been on cpap?

Is this the first mask you tried?

Have you tried to wear this mask while sitting and watchig tv to try and get used to it?

What pressure is your machine set to?

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Re: My mask is making me feel claustrophobic?

Post by Gabe » Tue May 08, 2012 2:18 pm

I felt claustrophobic when I first tried on a mask and I immediately yanked it off and told the RT that I'll try it by myself. I don't have a problem with a full face mask now. I think you can get used to it, in time. Hang in there, you can do it too.

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Post by xenablue » Tue May 08, 2012 2:22 pm

back2good - it might seem like people are nosey and pushy asking about the details about your mask, but they're all extremely helpful people and want to assist you.

Your mask is really THE most important item in your XPAP gear as it's what you wear strapped to your face each night and a bunch of experienced posters here would have used the same mask as you, so can offer lots of advice and suggestions.

The more info you can give the better we can help you. Btw, you can add your mask as well as your machine to your signature, and actually - the text version is much more helpful than the pics as many machines/masks appear the same but they're not.

Hang in there - it may just take a little time and tweaking to sleep comfortably with XPAP.

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Re: My mask is making me feel claustrophobic?

Post by Pugsy » Tue May 08, 2012 4:02 pm

back2good wrote:There is a five minute ramp and the humidity setting is on 2.
5 minute ramp at what pressure setting....what pressure does it start out at and where does it go to?
Do you use EPR?

Are you feeling like you are suffocating when you put the mask on and the machine starts?
I may have to RISE but I refuse to SHINE.