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I have a patient that is dealing with neck problems due to altered sleep posture blamed on a CPAP mask. I have never even seen one in person so I couldn't offer much help. Was wondering if anyone might offer advise on something more comfortable for him? PM if you prefer.
 

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achiro said:
I have a patient that is dealing with neck problems due to altered sleep posture blamed on a CPAP mask. I have never even seen one in person so I couldn't offer much help. Was wondering if anyone might offer advise on something more comfortable for him? PM if you prefer.
Well as a former nurse, my advice would be to learn to live with it or die without it. His choice.

/Paul
 

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achiro said:
I have a patient that is dealing with neck problems due to altered sleep posture blamed on a CPAP mask. I have never even seen one in person so I couldn't offer much help. Was wondering if anyone might offer advise on something more comfortable for him? PM if you prefer.
Well as a former nurse, my advice would be to learn to live with it or die without it. His choice.

/Paul
He's trying to find a more comfortable mask. The way he describes this one, it has a part that sits on the side of his head thats big enough that it tilts his head funny when he is on his side. I was just looking to see if there may be some other options in masks. I see a few different styles online but again, have no experience with them.
 

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I work for a sleep center. We have what I call the wall of masks. They have all manner of strap placements and mask type. The new Opus is really small. I suggest getting him or her in touch with a reputable DME company and letting them try several on to see what would solve the problem. We have just such a company on site with us. There are good DME companys and there are some that just drop off the equipment and say good luck.
 

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achiro said:
Gun_Dog2002 said:
achiro said:
I have a patient that is dealing with neck problems due to altered sleep posture blamed on a CPAP mask. I have never even seen one in person so I couldn't offer much help. Was wondering if anyone might offer advise on something more comfortable for him? PM if you prefer.
Well as a former nurse, my advice would be to learn to live with it or die without it. His choice.

/Paul
He's trying to find a more comfortable mask. The way he describes this one, it has a part that sits on the side of his head thats big enough that it tilts his head funny when he is on his side. I was just looking to see if there may be some other options in masks. I see a few different styles online but again, have no experience with them.
There a bunch of choices available, some less intrusive then others. I would recommend working with his MD or respiratory therapist.

/Paul
 

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I have a REMstar unit. There are probably a number of masks available for it. Mine has nothing on the sides except velcro fastened elastic straps. With it, you can sleep on your back or side without problems. Good luck!!!
 

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As a paramedic we work with a model that has a rubber stretch back and a face cup on front. I'm not sure if other models are the same as prehospital type. Other than getting comfortable with it on your face I don't see how it would cause a major neck issue...but then again I don't wear it either.
 

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As a Respiratory Therapist, I would recomend a nasal pillow with a chin strap to minimize the leak. You say the patient is wearing a full mask. Does the mask fit around the nose and mouth?
 

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Whew. Misread the title and thought it said CRAP masks and was wondering what Russ had gotten himself into this time!
 

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I use the nasal pillows made by Swift. They are light and comfortable. The only problem that I have with them is occasional nasal congestion makes breathing more difficult.
 
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