Do you suffer from sleep apnea? There are lots of people across the country who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. There are two separate types of sleep apnea. The first is called obstructive sleep apnea, which takes place when there is a physical obstruction that blocks your airway at night. The second is called central sleep apnea, which refers to an issue with the nervous system that could cause you to stop breathing when you go to sleep.
If you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air, you might have sleep apnea. It is important to see a doctor as quickly as possible to talk about your treatment options. If you are unable to get a good night's rest, you may have a difficult time completing everything you have to do the next day. One treatment option could be a CPAP machine.
Even though CPAP machines can be beneficial for a lot of people, they can also lead to a variety of side effects. What do you need to know?
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing when you go to sleep at night. Similar to other medical conditions, it can present in a variety of ways. Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
These are just a few of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. If you talk to a doctor about how to treat sleep apnea, he or she may recommend a CPAP machine. What do you need to know?
A CPAP machine is a device that generates continuous positive airway pressure (thus the name CPAP). The goal is to generate enough positive pressure to keep your airway open.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, there might be extra pressure surrounding your airway. When this pressure compresses your airway at night, it could cause you to stop breathing. Then, as your brain is deprived of oxygen, that forces you to wake up, where you find yourself gasping for air.
A CPAP machine is designed to counteract the forces pressing on your airway from the outside. When the CPAP machine forces extra air into your airway, it keeps the airway open. As a result, you should be able to breathe more easily at night. You don't have to worry about waking up in the middle of the night, and you will have an easier time getting a good night's rest.
There are lots of people who use a CPAP machine regularly without any problems. It can be an effective treatment option for sleep apnea. On the other hand, there are some situations where you may develop side effects. Some of the most common side effects of using a CPAP machine include:
These are just a few of the many side effects that you could experience if you use a CPAP machine regularly. Some side effects can be more serious than others.
There are some situations where the CPAP machine itself could be defective. For example, the machine might not work as well as it should, which might mean that you still suffer symptoms of sleep apnea even if you use the machine regularly.
There are other situations where the machine could be downright harmful. For example, if it generates too much positive pressure, it could cause serious harm to your nose and throat. You might need to go to the emergency room, and you may need to talk to your doctor about another treatment option.
If you are concerned that your CPAP machine might be defective, you need to reach out to your doctor right away. That way, you can review other treatment options that could be more effective. Then, you should reach out to a product liability lawyer who can help you.
If you are concerned that you might have been harmed by a defective product, then you need to work with a skilled attorney who has experience in this area. At Vasilaros Wagner, we have a lot of experience handling cases just like yours, and it would be our honor to seek compensation on your behalf.
Nobody should have to worry about being harmed by a defective product, and it can be frustrating if you have to go to the emergency room or hospital due to injuries sustained while using one. Contact us for a case consultation. We are here to defend your rights.