instead of a bilevel, you can do some experimentation with your current machine. i have a process by which i conquered my aerophagia. it's what forum friend dogslobber has described as the zonker protocol.1speechpick wrote: ↑Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:31 pm
Thanks, Zonker and Pugsy, for your responses. I'm determined to find a solution. The aerophagia is causing nausea, reduced appetite, and increased GERD.
Is there a chance that a Bilevel machine would help decrease the aerophagia (even though I'm at lower pressures)?
because you have a resmed(the same machine i have), you can do the same thing. resmed allows the user to set the pressure at a specific .2 increments. philips users have an increment of .5. the .2 is better in my opinion for dealing with aerophagia.
it's really pretty simple. find the pressures that don't cause aerophagia. just pulling numbers out of the air, but let's say you don't have a problem with a minimum pressure of 8 and a maximum of 20. with that in mind, set your machine to 8.2 min and 20 max. see how you sleep that night.
if aerophagia rears it's ugly head, go back down to your "safe zone"; in this case, the made up 8 as the min. sleep through that. but try it again another night. eventually, that 8.2 will feel comfortable and you can raise it to 8.4.
and start all over again. maybe that 8.4 is fine. if not, knock it back and start over at 8.2. and over and over again until your body gets used to all this gaseous nonsense.
the drawback to this? two of them. it takes FOREVER. i can't remember how long this took me specifically. i'm sure the measurement was in weeks.the second is that your ahi is going to look like hell. and that's because you don't have the necessary pressures it takes to deal with it.
in the long run, i think it's worth it. or it was for me. i could see from reading the forum that the pressures i was using wouldn't get my ahi any lower. but i could use higher pressures because i couldn't friggin' sleep for feeling like my stomach was an inflated football.
so in desperation, i tried this. dunno if you want to try it or not. i'm saying it worked for me. it also worked for forum friend iloveflowers-
https://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t182 ... hagia.html
whatever you do, good luck!