I'm new here but have had asthma since contracting another condition, dermatomyositis 2 years ago (DM causes muscle problems and various systemic issues). I have had a lot of investigation into my asthma as it was a bit odd as the disease (DM) can cause interstitial lung disease so it may have been that, but it wasn't. I am on a drug called methotrexate for my condition and nothing for the asthma, but notably I was on high dose prednisolone (50 mg per day tapering over 18 months) and that didn't help my asthma symptoms whatsoever, nor did a steroid base inhaler. It's all been a bit of a mystery.
Most recently, I have been having a sort of sleep apnoea, I say sort of because I don't fit the typical profile. I am going to bed and waking up gasping for air. I wheeze a lot in bed and cough a lot too.
The question is - can asthma cause sleep apnoea? And has anyone else had symptoms like this and did anything help as I find it quite distressing and frankly, frightening too.
I'm having a chest x-ray today to see if the methotrexate is the underlying cause, but I suspect not as I've had the asthma symptoms since before I started on the methotrexate.
thanks for any help and advise