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Question 5 - Do CPAP machines require periodic adjustments?

From: Ralph

Hello,

I've been using CPAP for 5 years with almost acceptable results. In the last 3 months, I'm waking again feeling worn out, beat up and unrested. Frequent nightmares.

Do CPAP machines require periodic adjustments? I'm not sure, but it seems like the pressure isn't as powerful as originally. One nostril is almost always completely stopped up and I intuitively feel am not getting enough air and/or breathing deeply enough.

This issue is so significant ...is literally ruining my life.

Please advise.
Thank you.
Ralph


Answer Provided by Sandman
August 24, 2007

Many people like to get a new titration every 2-3 years. Usually as we get older the pressure level will change. Most of the time we will require higher pressures.

Getting the right pressure may help the sinuses, however, most people find that heated humidification helps with nasal congestion.

Afrin on occasion can help also but regular use should be avoided.

Best wishes and Sweet dreams,

Sandman

Disclaimer, I am not an MD and my opinions should not be taken as medical advice. If you feel that you need assistance with medications and/or diagnosis, you should seek medical advice from a qualified physician.




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