This post is copied elsewhere applies to me but there wasn’t enough responses
“I’ve been searching around but this puzzles me. Does it count as Sleep apnea if when lying down awake, you can already feel the throat collapsing ? Is there something else medically that this falls under or is it regarded as sleep apnea?
Long story short, I’ve been suffering this since April and it’s getting worse. Been to two ENTs and they were so quick to jump to sleep apnea. I’ve been tested and it shows I have a AHI of 19. That’s fine, I am not surprised I have sleep apnea for a while now. I do fit the bill as I am overweight and have a large neck but I don’t suffer greatly from other sleep apnea symptoms (slight daytime tiredness, no awakenings in the middle of the night, no headaches etc).
However, it’s becoming more apparent that my air passage way is getting more restricted when I am just lying down on my back. Just today I went for a massage and found that I had to unnaturally move my tongue further forward to breathe better while lying down. I even suffered this breathing difficulty while trying to sleep on a plane.”
In my opinion, I think I developed Laryngopharyngeal Reflux whose close symptoms made me believe I have Sleep Apnea but I only have around half of symptoms associated with Laryngopharyngeal Reflux.