4 years ago, I was admitted to the hospital with uncontrollable asthma and the inability to breathe for over 14 days. Rather than being intubated (thank god), a one particular doctor decided to try (what he called experimental) a CPAP machine.
This machine is used in patients with sleep apnea (I have this also
) allowing a constant flow of air and to assist (somewhat) with breating.
At the time (4 yrs ago), the CPAP machine was turned up very high and literally FORCED me to breath. I don't know why to this day they don't give it to every asthma sufferer??? I believe, short of intubating, this machine saved my life. It took me 5 days to wean off of the machine.
Fast forward to the present, I have the CPAP machine for my apnea, it comes standard with a humidifier which is adjustable. The machine is not set nearly as high as what I was subjected to 4 years ago but I don't wake up reaching for my puffer anymore.
Anyhow, if anyone thinks there is a remote chance they might have sleep apnea, they should go to their sleep clinic and hopefully get one of these machines.