| | Breathing problems at night
I have had anixety/panic disorder for about 10 years. Last father's day weekend I began having constant and severe irregular heart beat and am now on 37 mlgms. of Toprol (beta-blockers) to control it, which it does 95% of the time. In fact, that really isnt an issue for me right now. Over the last month or so, recently being worse, when I lay down to sleep and my body relaxes it becomes difficult for me to breathe. It's not rapid breathing but I just can't breathe very well. This happens almost every night and I usually lay in bed for 3 hours or so, very tired, but not being able to breathe very well. If I sit up it gets better. But once I do fall alseep it doesn't bother me anymore. Even if I get up to go to the bathroom or whatever it may be, I can go right back to sleep almost every time with little to no breathing problems.
My other problem, about twice a month I will be almost asleep and will wake up gasping for air. It will usually take me two gasps or so before i actually get to breathing again. That is very very scary. I am actually not breathing and fly straight up out of bed gasping.
I have had many heart tests, obviously, since I am on Toprol. Nothing. Is there something that may have been overlooked? Has anyone had these symptoms be anxiety related? I'm not talking about having a panic attack in bed or while sleeping - I can handle those. Just the breathing and gasping things. I am becoming very affected by this and am not sleeping. I would appreciate anyone shedding some light on this.
Thanks so much!