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asthma and cpap

Postby tg » Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:34 pm

Does anyone know about the cpap and asthma?
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Postby Mike » Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:26 pm

Welcome!

What would you like to know? I have asthma and use CPAP. The only challenge for me is getting the humidity right. Other than that, it doesn't bother it at all...
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Postby Madre » Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:27 pm

Ask your question. I have asthma and have been on cpap for almost a year. I don't really have a problem with it except when the humidty was too low. Other than that it has been fine.
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Postby Andrew » Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:11 pm

I have asthma that's triggered by exercise PLUS either coldness or low humidity. A couple days in with CPAP, I felt like I had low level asthma all day for 2-3 days because I hadn't hooked up the humidifier yet. Now its ok.
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Postby Tradeguy » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:34 pm

Yep, asthma here too, and it has been a bit of a challenge, especially during pollen season. I have allergy induced asthma - pollen, pet hair, dust, smoke, chemicals, just about anything airborne :roll:

For me, I had to turn my humidy down. I was using my inhaler 4-54x a day (normally I might use it 2x a week). The cpap is an irritant of sorts, and it affects some people worse than others. I now run my heater at 1, and my lungs feel a lot better - almost normal again.

I've also heard it suggested here that using a cpap when you have a cold seems to make the cold worse. Well, my doc doesn't think that's true, but I have to say that my asthma problem and the cpap seemed to stem from having a cold. The cpap seemed to aggravate it - especially in the lungs. A short break from the cpap made a big difference - my lungs cleared out noticably.

Although I've been on my cpap since last Nov, I still seem more prone than before to needing the inhaler. In fact, my doc has me taking a puff each night before bed, and again in the morning. That's usually all I'll need.

But the overall improvements are well worth it. For me it's like turning the clock back 10 years (I'm 47). I am awake all day, I am pain free, and I am alive again :-D
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Postby tg » Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:08 pm

the question I had was sometimes it seems to make me have a hard time breathing, I also having trouble wearing the cpap and I am trying to get better results, I have only had 3-4 times in adulthood that the asthma seems troublesome. I just was wondering if the cpap could maybe be making me had trouble. I am going to get a heated humid. Thank you for all of your kind help.
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Asthma and cpap

Postby Guest » Tue Apr 11, 2006 12:11 pm

I had my sleep study last month and it was the worse thing ever! I felt worse when they woke me up. I do have cold and exercise induced asthma. They told me I stopped breating 89 times in an hour and I had severe apnea. Now here is the problem I cannot use inhalers for my asthma due to allergy to them. Right now they have me on pulmicort and it don't work for me.

The sleep study just called and said they have not receive the script for my cpap. I said I was not going to wear one. I need to talk to dr first. When I woke from the study I felt worse than the first time. Dry mouth, lips beet red and burning, could not think straight, very very tired and a couple of times when the increased the air I was suffocating and choking.

My throat was so sore for two days after the test. Any thought?
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Postby joke » Tue Apr 11, 2006 12:37 pm

Don't give up. A lot of (most?) people have a pretty miserable time during the CPAP titration. I slept a fair bit during my first study, but my first time with CPAP was miserable and I felt like !@#! the whole next day. I thought it would take me a very long time to get used to CPAP -- and it only took two days before I was completely comfortable with the feeling of the CPAP pressure.

(Now, finding a mask that works and dealing with the congestion that CPAP causes has taken more than two months, but I do think that even during that time I felt better than without it, and most people have better results than that.)
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ASTHMA AND CPAP

Postby Breathless » Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:37 pm

Hi, I just got my CPAP machine a couple of weeks ago. I used it for three nights, experiencing the worst asthma attacks I've ever had in my life. My Albuterol did nothing to help. My doctor put me on Advair and told me to wait about a week before trying the machine again. It took that long to stop having asthma attacks. I tried the CPAP again Friday night and by Saturday afternoon, the asthma attacks began again. I did not use the machine last night but I am still having one attack after another, even though I'm on Advair.

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!
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Re: ASTHMA AND CPAP

Postby Tradeguy » Sun Apr 30, 2006 3:09 pm

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 :lol:
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ASTHMA AND CPAP

Postby Breathless » Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:01 pm

Thank you so much, Tradeguy! I very rarely have asthma, so I know for a fact that the CPAP caused these major continuing attacks. They only cease after a few days of NOT using the CPAP, then the attacks resume right after I go back on the CPAP. I tried lowering the humidity, raising the humidity, but it didn't help.

I guess I fall into that small percentage of people that can't use the CPAP. I'll call my doctor tomorrow and tell him he'd better schedule me for the surgery! :-D

Thanks for answering my question so quickly and so thoroughly. I do feel better knowing I'm not crazy!
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