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  • Deborah
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    Hi KK64 lovely to meet you and so sorry to hear of your situation.

    My mum uses an NIV at night and sometimes during the day. We find that when she is in her riser recliner chair, she needs the mask on slightly looser than she does when lying in bed. So I tighten it slightly around her chin every night at bedtime. This seems to fix the blowing noises (or farties as my Dad calls them!). I then have to remember to loosen the mask during the daytime. But as your husband sleeps in the bed I don't think that would be the issue?

    Hope you get it sorted soon.

    Best wishes,

    Deborah

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  • KK64
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    Thank you everybody, much appreciated xx

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  • KK64
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    Ellie, I was wondering if it was set too high. If tonight no better I will get onto them again tomorrow.
    Thank you
    Kath xx

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  • Ellie
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    KK64 Forgive my comparison, but is the noise like spluttery farts in the mask itself? 😳😳 Does it start soon after he gets into bed, falls asleep or a while after? Also, presumably his mouth doesn't change shape at night because of mouthguard or not wearing false teeth, nor does he take any meds at night which may interfere with his breathing?

    If the IPAP was increased much over 16, it could be just too high for him.

    Honestly, if tonight is no better, the nurse needs to address it. If your hubby's CO2 levels are that high, he needs his NIV to be comfortable. xx

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  • Piglet
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    Hi KK64

    My husband uses NIV at night but his mask just covers his nose and has no problems with this. 77DBB4D5-C3D1-452F-9B69-CB9FD057802C.jpeg
    I hope you get the right support as once you get the NIV right it really helps with the right ratio of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
    Not sure if the photo is of any use. It is a very difficult time with new diagnosis and everything appears overwhelming. Don’t worry about asking all professionals with your worries until your satisfied for your husband. Take care.x
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  • KK64
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    Hi Mary C
    I hope your next try with the niv is more successful for you and you are able to tolerate it.
    Best of luck
    Kath xx

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  • KK64
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    Hi Ellie

    its mostly at night. Hubby has hospital bed and he has it raised behind his head, also uses a V pillow so head position is ok.
    After lunch for a nap if he goes, he is in the same bed, same position. His mask goes over his nose and mouth. I just dont understand it!
    Im not sure what it was reset to, I think it was set at 16 before.
    Apart from feeling sleepy no other signs.
    Fingers crossed for a better night tonight.
    Thank you for your reply
    Kath xx

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  • matthew55
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    I don't use it anymore and my oxygen stats are in the 90's when I wake up. Having said that I did oversleep until 11am the other day! 🤔🤗😆🧐xx

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  • Ellie
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    KK64 A warm welcome to the forum - sorry to hear about your husband.

    If I may ask some questions!?
    Does the issue only arise at night?
    Is your husband's head elevated either by a raised head of the bed or by using extra pillows and, if it is, is his neck constricted in any way by his head position? (e.g., is his head drooping)
    Does he sit in a chair for his post-lunch nap?
    Does he wear a nasal mask or full face mask?

    Originally posted by KK64 View Post
    The respiratory nurse came out and adjusted the NIV settings and it seems to have been worse since then. The nurse said this shouldn’t have made any difference and thinks it is a positional problem.
    Seems an odd coincidence, right 🤨😏 Have you any idea what settings the nurse changed and/or any idea what current settings are and/or any idea what previous settings were?

    I'm sorry that he had a seizure, it must have been very scary for you to see... Prior to that, was he showing any common signs of CO2 retention - e.g. drowsiness, headaches, confusion, difficulty waking up?

    Again, apologies for the questions, but it irks me how some respiratory specialists don't give a hoot about uncomfortable air torrents or that it's impossible to get much-needed good quality sleep.

    Love Ellie.

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  • Mary C
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    Hi KK64,
    I struggled with the NIV and had it adjusted remotely by Walsgrave hospital. Coventry.I also had mask replaced.I had problems at night wearing the NIV because on movement the seal loosened and got a blowing noise so hubby was constantly readjusting it.I also had coughing fits when wearing it.Then every timeI coughed I felt the need to take it off.
    I got to dread going to bed as every night was so unsettled for us both.
    I have stopped using it for a while and respiratory nurse will come out in 6 weeks to see if I want to try again and she will adjust settings etc.I know stopping using the NIV is likely to impact on my breathing so that’s why I am thinking I might give it another go soon.

    I do know there are members on the forum who greatly benefit from it and sleep well.Maybe they will have some advise.
    Good luck
    Mary

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  • Gordan1111
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    Hello KK64 . I haven't had to use a NIV yet but as Linda say there are lots of previous on here about other people experiences with them. Love to yourself and husband x

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  • Lynne K
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    Hi Kk64, I don’t have a NIV yet so I’m sorry I cannot give any advice. But I wanted to welcome you to forums and wish you and your lovely husband good luck with sorted this out quickly. Adequately sleep is very important for both of you. Plus excuse me if I’m ‘trying to teach you to suck eggs’ as the sayings goes. Love Lynne x

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  • LindaB
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    Originally posted by KK64 View Post
    Thank you for your reply Linda. I will take a look through the threads.
    I know there are different types of this awful disease, we haven’t been told by anybody which type my husband has.
    I hope you go on ok with your NIV and it works well for you. Take care xx
    Well my thoughts are the diagnosis report should definitely include 'type' and if you haven't got that then get back in touch with the consultant. So difficult to process all the information but use MNDConnect too for advice and support if you haven't already. Good luck 👍🤗

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  • KK64
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    Thank you for your reply Linda. I will take a look through the threads.
    I know there are different types of this awful disease, we haven’t been told by anybody which type my husband has.
    I hope you go on ok with your NIV and it works well for you. Take care xx

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  • LindaB
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    Hi KK64 & welcome. So very sorry to hear of your husband's diagnosis and progression. I'm not able to offer advice on NIV - hoping to start that for myself in the next couple of weeks. I know you'll get lots of advice from forum members and you'll see lots of previous threads about NIV and various issues with masks and settings.
    Not very helpful from me but when I read your post I had to say a hello and glad you're here to get some support. Best wishes to your husband too - 'funny and brilliant' as he is.
    Take care 👍🤗



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