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Old 03-04-2018, 07:59 PM
 
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Sleep apnea only happens while you are sleeping! Now it is possible to fall asleep sitting up, and I have done it, but I find it hard to believe you can fall asleep standing up or walking. I think Jasmine has something else going on, like maybe fainting.
No, I do not faint......I stop breathing.
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:04 PM
 
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You damned well SHOULD be scared to death! What you are describing is NOT sleep apnea. Something is intermittently obstructing your airway while you are awake. You need to be evaluated by a pulmonologist or ENT now, before this problem stops your breathing for good!
Yes, I am seeing the M.D. the first week of April, as right now, I am travelling, and I agree with you. I feel there is an obstruction between my throat and tongue. I also choke often, if I talk while eating.
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:12 PM
 
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I recently waked up and was gasping for air like the wind had been knocked out of me. This has only happened to me about 3 times but it is scary. Is this sleep apnea or something different?
This has probably already been said, but sleep apnea can cause that. It's dangerous. Severe sleep apnea like that can kill you. Talk to your doctor, and ask him/her to order a sleep study for you.

I don't know how old you are, OP, but if your middle-aged, an alternative to a CPAP machine could be hormone replacement. (For males & females, both.) Your sleep hormones decline in middle age, and can cause apnea. You could ask your doc about this. Another potential alternative would be to see a dentist who specializes in diagnosing and treating apnea. If you find one (health insurance will pay), he'll x-ray your throat, and will tell you if you're a candidate for a dental device to wear at night (also covered by health ins., ). The dentist can explain to you the role that hormonal change plays in sleep issues at middle age and beyond. These dentists know a lot more about it than many primary care docs and sleep specialists. They're a gold mine of info.

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Old 03-04-2018, 08:21 PM
 
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I do not sleep on my back I sleep on my side. Any one know if health insurance covers at least part of a sleep study because I looked it up and they are expensive.
Yes, it does. I had my sleep study done in a private clinic vs. a public hospital, and it paid for that. Insurance also pays for you to rent a CPAP--not buy, but rent, as long as the doctor writes a prescript for it.
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Old 03-05-2018, 01:53 PM
 
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You damned well SHOULD be scared to death! What you are describing is NOT sleep apnea. Something is intermittently obstructing your airway while you are awake. You need to be evaluated by a pulmonologist or ENT now, before this problem stops your breathing for good!
I forgot to state here that my nostrils get clogged up, while I sleep, both of them, and that is very scaring. I bought a Saline Mist, but it does not help.
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:46 PM
 
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I was diagnosed with sleep apnea while in the CCU after quad bypass heart surgery. I was referred to the Lung Center where I was told sleep apnea can cause the type of heart problems I have had over the last year and eventually for an in-house sleep study. I didn't sleep well during that study and tossed and turned all night; rls kept me awake for a good portion. They said I stopped breathing once during the hour or so that I slept and I've been on a cpap (apap) machine for three weeks now. I'm not sleeping better but I figure there is less strain on my heart as long as I wear my mask. Get checked out!
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:33 AM
 
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Yes, it does. I had my sleep study done in a private clinic vs. a public hospital, and it paid for that. Insurance also pays for you to rent a CPAP--not buy, but rent, as long as the doctor writes a prescript for it.
Most health insurance, including Medicare, is rent-to-own for that kind of durable medical equipment. 12 or 13 months is pretty typical. They check for compliance or they wonít pay. I think itís something like 4 hours per night 2/3 of the nights. Thatís the Medicare guidelines and most private insurance follows that.

Co-pays and deductibles for that monthly rent are very variable depending on your policy. It can be cheaper to buy a machine online than deal with a local medical supply house and the co-pay and deductible. You can also buy used machines with a warranty. Second Wind CPAP is an online supplier and also sells discounted ďopen boxĒ machines.

My father had sleep apnea. My maternal grandfather and maternal uncle had/have sleep apnea. I was genetically doomed to have the problem. With my father, it triggered atrial fibrillation. He didnít treat that and had mini strokes that caused vascular dementia. He was pretty out of it by age 80. If you think you have sleep apnea, donít mess with it. Untreated, that repeated adrenaline jolt to partially wake you enough to start breathing 40+ times per hour as you sleep can cause all kinds of health problems.

With the new machines, you can record every breath on an SD card and use PC software to see if you have apnea and self-titrate the pressure settings. The challenge is getting a mask you can live with. If you have lousy insurance, you can DIY with a used machine for maybe $500. There are support message boards with people who will coach you through it and get you the laptop software. If your first try at a mask doesnít work, that can run up costs as you try other styles. Lots of people never adapt to a mask and CPAP so itís not a sure thing.

For me, it was life-changing. I get good REM sleep. I rarely have even one apnea event per hour when I sleep. I donít snore which my girlfriend certainly appreciates.
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Old 03-06-2018, 05:21 PM
 
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No, I do not faint......I stop breathing.
So, when you say you stop breathing while you are awake...do you try to breathe in and can't? Or do you try to breathe out and can't?
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:56 AM
 
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I recently waked up and was gasping for air like the wind had been knocked out of me. This has only happened to me about 3 times but it is scary. Is this sleep apnea or something different?
Go see a sleep specialist and get a sleep study.

No website can diagnose your issues!
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:58 PM
 
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My ex husband did this. He would gasp for air or choking while he was sleeping , possibly seizures or I read that Gerd can cause this. Whats more frightening is that he didn't realize this.
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