Hi, I have just been diagnosed with mild OSA. I am just beginning CPAP this week (its been 5 days). Even with the CPAP, Im getting this weird thing happening to me. In the past, I used to fall asleep and wake up choking. However, this is happening to me BEFORE I fall asleep- I feel my windpipe totally close for a split second and a sudden sensation of fear- then I swallow and its okay. Sometimes I feel a tickle in my throat first or a sharp pain at the front of my neck.
I have heard of laryngospasms, but I do not cough nor do I lose my breath for more than a split second and those people seem to really lose their breathe for an extended time period.
It was happening even on the CPAP machine last night. Any ideas?
What machine, and what are your pressures?
It is fairly common to be issued an auto machine with the minimum pressure set too low so that it does not provide relief from obstructive apnea. While these machines are automatic, they need to be set properly to be most effective. A machine set to 4-20 is not going to work well for most of us.
Thanks for your quick reply. Its an APAP Sleep Monitor (its a one week trial machine) and yes, its set to 4.