Breathless wrote:What could be causing this? My sleep doctor said he'd never heard of this before, which worries me. I don't want to suffer any more sleep apnea problems, but I can't trade them for asthma problems. I can't walk across my yard without getting short of breath now.
Has anyone had this same problem? What caused it? Can it be fixed?
Thanks, I'm desperate!
What is it with these doctors? Mine said "I've been doing this for 10 years and never had this happen...blah blah blah". I don't believe it.
Mine (a pulimary specialist) had me stop using the cpap for a week, then put me thru a battery of tests - heart and lung - because "obviously" there was something else wrong with me. Guess what - nothing else was wrong with me. So he put me back on the cpap with a lower humidity setting, told me to keep it clean, and to take a puff of albuterol before I go to sleep and when I wake up. But even after all that...he is still in denial that a cpap can aggrevate asthma. "Must of been some other kind of reaction not associated with the cpap..."
I've looked over a number of studies that have actually tried using a cpap to treat asthma, and overall, there is a benefit. But if you look closely enough, you'll also see a small percentage were forced to quit the test - some because of asthma-related problems.
Given that you can meet 10 people with asthma and find 10 different asthmatic triggers - everything from smoke, dust, pollen, exercise, anxiety, chemicals (any or all), animals (any or all), heat, cold, high humidity, low humidity, and common household odors - I find it almost absurd to think that a cpap, which forces air into your lungs for 8 hours a night, might not be a trigger for asthma in a certain percentage of the population