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Bax (@tbaxter33)

CPAP Intolerance

Sleep Health | Last Active: Jul 13, 2022 | Replies (51)

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@kudzu

Does anyone have the experience of the Cpap/Apap making it harder to breathe? I wake up at times with my breathing feeling constricted or obstructed. I know it’s not my imagination because I check the o2 and that is also low. It feels better when I take the mask off. I also have GERD which the Cpap aggravates and wonder if that is irritating my airways.

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Hi @kudzu, I have had issues when I first started using my CPAP when it felt harder to breathe and it woke me up. For me I think it had something to do with the pressure being too high and I was able to restart the CPAP so that it went into ramp up mode where the pressure is lower.

It always feels better when I take the CPAP mask off. I'm guessing you like yours about as much as I like mine. I tolerate it because I know it reduces the amount of events I have at night. Have you discussed your symptoms with your sleep medicine doctor or care team? Maybe they can adjust the machine or offer some suggestions.