Has anyone else here ever experienced anything like these episodes? Were they attributed to anything specific such as the adrenaline shot you get from arousing to breathe? Or was an underlying anxiety issue just being compounded by the apnea? Any other thoughts or advice you can share with me about all of this?
I do hope that your doctor is treating your hypertension. Not to treat it leaves you with the possiblity of a stroke or heart attack.
Your symptoms do sound like sleep apnea. When you stop breathing your heart sends out signals for your adrenal glands to pump out cortisol and so you get a rapid heart beat and wake up with a flight of fight reaction to the cortisol which is experienced as anxiety, flushing etc.
You really won't know until your doctor releases the information what your pressure on the machine needs to be. You might need a much higher pressure to keep your airway open enough for oxygen to get through. Hang in there . Help is on the way. It is the waiting that is so frustrating.