Is breathlessness and feeling of phlegm in throat a sign of sleep apnea?
My question: Is sleep apnea investigation required after one incident or was this likely as a result of the chest infection/cold. I don't have any shortness of breath while lying down and no other symptoms that would indicate heart failure. I am normal weight (168LBS, 5.11, 19% body fat).
Welcome to Healthcare Magic.
I read carefully your query.
It seems that the episode was related to the respiratory infection your are having.During a respiratory tract infection ,there is a lot of mucus and secretions present in the airways,that could have caused the episode.
It is not sufficient only one episode of being short of breath that resolved quickly.
We would suspect sleep apnea if you had a long history of sleeping problems like you snore loudly,sudden interruption of sleep several times during the night , daytime sleepiness (such as falling asleep at work, while driving or when talking), irritability or fatigue, morning headaches, forgetfulness, mood changes etc.
If you don't have any symptom of the above and this has happened only in specific occasions when you had a respiratory tract infection ,I don't think you need any investigation and don't need to worry.
Hope it helps.
Let me know if you have any other questions or doubts to clarify.I would be happy to answer.
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