Has anyone else experienced waking up with a blocked airway?
A little history: I had a 6 month span in 2001 when I had trouble breathing . Was diagnosed with allergy induced asthma but never had trouble until the first scary episode in 2015. My inhaler would expire in my purse with no use. I check my peak flow before bed every night but it doesn’t correlate with when I have a bad night.
This has happened to me about five times in the last few years. More lately I think from allergies. I go to sleep with no problems and around 4 or 5am, I wake up and sit up in a panic unable to breathe! I can’t breathe in. I can’t breath out. My airway is totally blocked! Luckily within 30 long seconds to 1 minute, I guess from my adrenaline kicking in, I can get little shallow breaths. Within the next few minutes my lung volume slowly increases and I’m shaky but ok. I then use the albuterol inhaler and try to go back to sleep.
Looking back at my other episodes, it occurs during the early spring or once in the winter when I had a mild cold with slight nasal drip.
I am on claritin and just started singulair. I am scared to go outside with tree pollen in the high to extremely high range for the past 10 days. I am scared to fall asleep when I do have to go out but have only had one episode this last week.
I recently saw a pulmonology PA and she wants to do a sleep monitor test to check for sleep apnea. I snore slightly but I don’t think that’s it since with sleep apnea you eventually gasp and take a breath. I don’t.
Would appreciate your comments and advice