Post Reply 
Couldn't take a deep breath
Author Message
Sandra_ON Offline

Preferred Members

Posts: 39
Joined: Feb 2014

Machine: ResMed S9 with 5i humidifier
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Airfit P10
Humidifier: ResMed 5i
CPAP Pressure: 5/11
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments:

Sex: Female
Location: Eastern Ontario, Canada

Post: #1
Couldn't take a deep breath
I woke up this morning and found I was unable to take a deep breath, don't know how long that had occurred overnight but this was around 7 a.m. My AHI was .3 so that was better than it's been the last few days. Two hours later I'm still having a problem taking a deep breath. Anxiety?
02-17-2014 09:04 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
me50 Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 2,559
Joined: Aug 2013

Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp and Silicone Head gear
Humidifier: resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18/8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: USA

Post: #2
RE: Couldn't take a deep breath
(02-17-2014 09:04 AM)Sandra_ON Wrote:  I woke up this morning and found I was unable to take a deep breath, don't know how long that had occurred overnight but this was around 7 a.m. My AHI was .3 so that was better than it's been the last few days. Two hours later I'm still having a problem taking a deep breath. Anxiety?

Hard to say if it is anxiety. If I had problems taking a deep breath and had no other symptoms indicating anxiety, then I would be calling my doc. Would rather find out it is nothing after having it checked out rather than not checking it out and it be something. JMHO.
02-17-2014 09:13 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
drgrimes Offline

Preferred Members-2

Posts: 235
Joined: Sep 2013

Machine: S9 Resmed Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Philips Dreamwear
Humidifier: resmed
CPAP Pressure: 5-15
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Texas

Post: #3
RE: Couldn't take a deep breath
Sandra did you still have the mask on when you experienced this feeling? I think that when your body gets used to cpap during the night sometimes it feels like it's hardly working. My DME laughed when I told him that. He said "that's a good thing, you are just getting used to it"

If you have this feeling after you take your mask off, I also think that might be normal. Your body has gotten used to having air pushed into your lungs all night and possibly after being awake for a few minutes you body will adjust and it will feel right.

I doubt that it's anything to worry about, especially if that feeling passes quickly.
02-17-2014 09:48 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
me50 Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 2,559
Joined: Aug 2013

Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp and Silicone Head gear
Humidifier: resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18/8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: USA

Post: #4
RE: Couldn't take a deep breath
drgrimes, I agree with what you are saying. the machine feeds us with a pressure(s) while we are sleeping.

My concern is that Sandra_ON says that the deep breathing is still an issue 2 hours later. Your thoughts on this still happening 2 hours later?
02-17-2014 10:32 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
retired_guy Offline

Preferred Members-2

Posts: 2,744
Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: ResMed
CPAP Pressure: 10.6/14, EPR 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Is it bedtime yet?

Sex: Male
Location: Beautiful, albeit very wet Oregon Coast

Post: #5
RE: Couldn't take a deep breath
My experience with being unable to take a deep breath is it is rather because of old air trapped in the lungs. Try a technique of "pursed" breathing for a few minutes. That's where you breath out in little puffs between your lips until your lungs feel empty before you take a new breath.

I think it would be wise to discuss it with your doc anyhow, even if that provides relief.
02-17-2014 10:40 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
herbm Offline

Preferred Members-2

Posts: 852
Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: ResMed AutoSet S9
Mask Type: Oral
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Airfit P10 Nasal Pillow
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 11-16
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Backup Mask: Innomed Hybrid FFM -- Oral+Nasal Pillows

Sex: Male
Location: Austin, TX

Post: #6
RE: Couldn't take a deep breath
Two hours later?

Trouble taking a deep breath, especially hours later, is not a side effect that I have heard about for CPAP.

Call the doctor. It if becomes serious go to the ER.

Sweet Dreams,

HerbM
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)

"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
02-17-2014 12:05 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
Peter_C Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 1,308
Joined: Sep 2013

Machine: System One DS960HS
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Mirage Quattro "MED"
Humidifier: Attached
CPAP Pressure: Auto mode-script is:15/3/3
CPAP Software: EncoreBasic Other Software

Other Comments: Severe obstructive sleep apnea 1999/Just got an ASV machine

Sex: Male
Location: Akron, Ohio USA

Post: #7
RE: Couldn't take a deep breath
Umm, when you say you *can't* take a deep breath - what do you mean? What happens when you try? Does it hurt? If so, what type of pain? Sharp? Dull? More details please?

This happened to me one day - had nothing to do with my machine - I would get like a 9+ sharp stabbing pain up by my right shoulder - went to the ER thinking they would laugh at me - Never had so many Drs and nurses around me so fast - "Multiple PEs" (blood clots in the lungs)...

Not saying that is what is going on here but...more info may need to see a Doc fast??

*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

"Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you. Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your Soul, the other for your Freedom."
02-17-2014 12:59 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
Sandra_ON Offline

Preferred Members

Posts: 39
Joined: Feb 2014

Machine: ResMed S9 with 5i humidifier
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Airfit P10
Humidifier: ResMed 5i
CPAP Pressure: 5/11
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments:

Sex: Female
Location: Eastern Ontario, Canada

Post: #8
RE: Couldn't take a deep breath
[quote='Peter_C' pid='59267' dateline='1392659993']
Umm, when you say you *can't* take a deep breath - what do you mean? What happens when you try? Does it hurt? If so, what type of pain? Sharp? Dull? More


I have no pain, just can't take a deep full breath although I think it seems better than earlier today.
02-17-2014 01:07 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
Peter_C Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 1,308
Joined: Sep 2013

Machine: System One DS960HS
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Mirage Quattro "MED"
Humidifier: Attached
CPAP Pressure: Auto mode-script is:15/3/3
CPAP Software: EncoreBasic Other Software

Other Comments: Severe obstructive sleep apnea 1999/Just got an ASV machine

Sex: Male
Location: Akron, Ohio USA

Post: #9
RE: Couldn't take a deep breath
Well, I know some folks talk about being sore when they first go on the machine, but not being able to take a deep breath? Going through what I have, I'd be at least calling my Doc about it - but, that's just me...

*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

"Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you. Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your Soul, the other for your Freedom."
02-17-2014 01:11 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
c0reDump Offline

Preferred Members-2

Posts: 157
Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Quattro Air
Humidifier: H5i (distilled)
CPAP Pressure: APAP 9-17cmH2O
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: TX

Post: #10
RE: Couldn't take a deep breath
Not saying that what you are experiencing is this, but there is a condition called Pneumothorax.

From Wikipedia:
A pneumothorax (pl. pneumothoraces) is an abnormal collection of air or gas in the pleural space that separates the lung from the chest wall and which may interfere with normal breathing.

If you can't breathe normally you should really call your doctor (or get to the ER).
02-17-2014 08:33 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  Breath too warm when exhaling Stevie1under 5 254 11-15-2016 01:12 AM
Last Post: Stevie1under
  Better to breath through mouth or nose with FFM? somnus 6 709 09-30-2016 10:01 PM
Last Post: SaldusMiegas
  Continuous (daytime) deep breathing/sighing sw232562 12 960 08-20-2016 05:19 PM
Last Post: kwhenrykerr
  [Treatment] struggling to breath Robo64 17 1,594 08-17-2016 02:46 PM
Last Post: kwhenrykerr
Gross Shortness of breath daytime ezdrifler 7 827 08-17-2016 02:36 PM
Last Post: kwhenrykerr
  Mask moves when I breath in and out. Zigler 5 473 05-28-2016 05:00 AM
Last Post: Zigler
  My mask is vibrating when I breath out ajimen05 7 1,218 09-28-2015 09:29 PM
Last Post: AshSF

Forum Jump:

Who's Online (Complete List)