I'm being investigated for central sleep apnea as I have significant respiratory muscle weakness (around 50% below normal). When falling asleep, I regularly stop breathing for around/over ten seconds at a time - as though my brain hasn't told my diaphragm to move. I regularly awake to take full, deep breaths as I feel somewhat suffocated, yet my oxygen doesn't seem to drop very much at all - up to only 3%.
Is it possible to have CSA without a significant drop in oxygen?
Every time apneas occur, you are awakening and taking voluntary breaths, this could compensate for the oxygenation. But this could lead to disturbed sleep. And it depends on the number of apneas occurring and the duration of each apnea. This can only be documented by a sleep study and the study will help to quantify the apneas.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.