When a person sleeps the airways are usually patent allowing normal passage for air entry. The upper airway that is at the region of the tongue and the soft palate is the most compliant (soft) part. So, this is liable to collapse and cause airway obstruction resulting in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea is by CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) where air under gentle pressure is passed into the airways keeping it patent.
Central sleep apneas are caused due disorders or lesions in the brain. The peripheral system does not get the right impulses for respiration and hence the stoppage of respiration. As a result the person is aroused from sleep. Therapy is by treating the underlying cause and with SV BiPAP, as it is pressure support ventilation.
Please discuss this with your doctor am sure he will provide further assistance.
Like I mentioned that compression on nerves can cause pain, but it is unlikely to cause apneas. C3 nerve root compression can cause Occipital headache (back of head), retro-orbital (behind eyes) or retroauricular (behind ears) pain.
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