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Posted by @joannofarc in Just Want to Talk, Jul 21, 2011

I don't have "ordinary" sleep apnea where you stop breathing, snore and then just turn over, repeat. My sleep apnea wakes me up into a full blown asthma attack complete with stridor and suffocation for about 30-45 seconds. I'm unable to suck in any air whatsoever for about 30 seconds and only then I can get a tiny amount of air in, then it gradually gets to where I can inhale almost completely. Holy cow! I don't have asthma at all; I've been tested with lung functions up the kazoo since I was in my twenties; I'm 49 yrs. old. I'm desperate enough to contact the docs at Mayo and offer myself as a guinea pig for research. Anybody get this type of sleep apnea? (I was very skinny in my 20's and 30's since this apnea started, but am now 50 pounds overweight, plus have a heart arrythmia issue.)

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Posted by @janc, Aug 2, 2011

Hi, I also have sleep apnea. I have had it for about 30 years, but I did not have it treated. On 9/12/2010 (on a Sunday) I was SOB & Very tired, I went to an urgent care clinic. My o2 level was 73% I was put on 6 liters of o2 and transferred to hospital emergency, where they decided to keep me overnight for observation. My daughter came to be with me - thank God. The nurse told my daughter they would remove my o2 for 30 minutes and then take some blood to check my blood gases & then she would put me back on the o2. Ten minutes after she removed the o2 & left, my daughter said I began thrashing and gasping for air & I crashed. My daughter called the nurse, the nurse called the code & 15 people rushed in to save my life. They could not get an airway into me or ventilate me & sent me to OR on my bed & did an emergency tracheotomy.Now I am learning to live with a trach. I am hoping to connect with other adults who have trachs. I know you don't, but I encourage you to treat your sleep apnea.


Posted by @xango, Mar 24, 2012

Sleep apnea is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. It can KILL YOU and it will if left untreated. I highly recommend getting a CPAP machine. My sleep apnea almost killed me and my energy is MUCH better since I've been using the CPAP. You need to be tested by a sleep doc so they can measure the right amount of pressure and prescribe you a CPAP machine if you haven't already done so.

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