gasping for air, choking with CPAP on

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gasping for air, choking with CPAP on

Postby Lynda07 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:42 pm

I had a bad night a couple of nights ago. I had not been using my CPAP for about 10 days due to a bad cold. I am more or less over it now. I didn't have the CPAP on a couple of nights ago and I woke up choking and gasping for air. Probably sleep apnea. So I thought, I better put the CPAP on, which I did right away. And the choking and gasping for Air happened 4 more times that night. I was exhausted and of course scared to go to sleep. It happened once more the following night with the CPAP and then nothing since. Anybody else have that happen? I wouldn't think that would happen with the CPAP on.
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Postby jessy 49 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:37 pm

What machine do you have? What settings?
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Postby Lynda07 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:10 pm

ResMed S8 Series 11
settings start at 4 and goes to 15
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Postby jessy 49 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:44 pm

An autopap or a cpap -- using a ramp feature?
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Postby Lynda07 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:04 pm

cpap with ramp feature
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Postby jessy 49 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:25 pm

A starting pressure of 4 is very low. Not very much air!

I turned off my ramp feature since it started at a pressure that was lower than I could comfortably tolerate. Have you considered at least having the lower level pressure raised to 6 or 8?
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Postby White Beard » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:50 am

Lynda07 if this continues to happen to you while using your machine then you need to talk to your sleep Doctor, you might need to have another sleep study done, maybe you will need to have a different type of machine or different settings! You should not be gasping or choking with your CPAP I know I did that and they put me on BiPAP and I still did it, I was having Central Apneas and I end up on the ASV machiine and I don;t have that problem at all any more! So please talk with your Doctor about it, as something is not right with your treatment! Good Luck to You!..... White Beard
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Postby Lynda07 » Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:22 am

I finally went to get the numbers checked on my CPAP machine to see if they needed to be adjusted. According to the download of the machine what I have is perfect. No leaks, mask fits perfectly. They think what might be happening is I am opening my mouth slightly in the middle of the night and get a gust of air which is making me choke. They have given me a chin strap to wear to relax my jaw but to keep it closed. Has this worked for anyone else? They say if this doesn't work they will try another mask which will cover my nose and mouth.
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