Re: Why can't I breathe when I put on my CPAP mask???
When I get stuffed up with allergies in the middle of the night I have a tendency to rip off my mask. IMHO I suspect the problem is something else (that's not to say that your congestion issues are to be ignored). Based on what you are saying about waking with shortness of breath and rapid heart, I would question whether your pressures are set high enough....if your pressures are too low, your apneas will continue and what you describe is what can happen after an apnea episode.
Whatever the reason, I would suggest you get back with your sleep specialist and/or therapists and tell them what you've told us. Cpap therapy can be 100 percent effect but it sounds like you've got some "tweaking" to do.
PS Do you know what your pressures are set at? If not, you should...do ask your doctor.
Last edited by bethsheba; 07-28-2008 at 07:56 PM.