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Old 05-18-2005, 11:51 AM   #1
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SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

Hi! I am new here, I am Kat... Nice to meet all of you.
I have a problem that is really worrying me. This has happen only once in the day while I was taking a short nape.
I will be in a deep sleep, all of a sudden my breath feels like some one is pulling it out of my lungs, seems to happen really fast, then I will awaken all of a sudden and have to really try to breathe and fill my lungs up with air again, it's like I can't catch my breathe I know one time some thing inside me popped when this happen, the other time it happen before this time was a very short version of it. It happens only when I seemed to be stressed out, seems to be all the time, and it happens once a month and this last time happen 2, usually happens only once. (happens at night when it does .)
If I went to see a Dr would he wont to put me in the hospital? Has any one ever had this happen to them?
Any help, advise would be greatly appreciated.
thank you so much.
The Best,
Kat....

 
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Old 05-18-2005, 12:39 PM   #2
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

Kat,

This is only a guess..but if this happens only when you've been asleep, it's possible you have sleep apnea. People with apnea have episodes where they literally stop breathing while they sleep. There are I think 3 kinds of apnea...
obstructive, central, and mixed. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common; central sleep apnea is rare; mixed sleep apnea is a combo of the above.

Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep caused by obstruction of the upper airway, (actually the throat). It;s usually accompanied by a reduction in blood oxygen saturation, and followed by waking up sometimes gasping for air, which sounds very much like what you've experienced. (Some people actually never remember waking up but a sleep partner will tell them that they do!)

Central sleep apnea is a condition where your brain actually fails to tell your body to breathe!

This kind of apnea is neurological, while the obstructive kind is caused by a physical blockage...although the effects are very similar.

People with sleep apnea generally have the following symptoms:

Loud, frequent snoring is the most common although lots of people w/apnea do NOT snore. Do you have a bed partner who could confirm if you snore or not?
Often excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue in spite of "a full night's sleep" could also be a sign, since apnea "events" prevent you from sleeping properly. If you have apnea (and this is an IF), you may be having more of these episodes than you are even aware of.
Do you wake up in general feeling unrefreshed? Have morning grogginess, or wake up with headaches, or ever a dry mouth?

How is your health overall? I wouldn't be too concerned unless you have other symptoms or if it becomes frequent. If it is a form of apnea, it can successfully be treated.

zuzu xx

 
Old 05-18-2005, 10:26 PM   #3
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

thank you zuzu,
for your time and your help... I appreciate it so much.
To answer your questions, when I was younger mom said I snore, it's like a kitten purring. yes have fatuige, tiredness, cranky. I am depressed but I lost a girl dog in 09-01 and been very depressed about her. I have had ear infection on 05-06 finally got rid of it last week, it came back with sinis I am not feeling well from that, other than my health I think it's really healthy.
Yes, wake up with headaches and wondered why. Yes dry mouth to I notice.
Only bed partner I have is my 3 year old yorkie girl. I wont die? I worried because it feels like I can't catch my breathe. It really scares me bad.... Which probably makes it worse. I really have to grasp for air to get the breath back in....
I was really scared, but you help put my fears to rest.
If I went to the Dr do you think I'd have to stay in a hospital? Or could they let me go home?
If it keeps it up I will go to the Dr.
Thank you so much again. Your help is appreciated more then you know.
(((((HUGS))) kat.

 
Old 05-18-2005, 11:20 PM   #4
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

Kat,

No, nobody is going to hospitalize you!
Ear infection, even if resolved by now, followed by sinus infection will certainly make you feel lousy for a while. And anything related to the sinuses and nasal passages/mucous membranes can cause you to be breathing oddly while you're alseep. It could also explain the headaches and dry mouth upon awakening. I have a sneaky suspicion this is temporary but
if it keeps up, you could go to the doctor for a quick "once-over" just to get some reassurance.. Explain to him/her what these few episodes felt like.
But I really don't think it's anything to be scared about!

zuzu xxx

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Old 05-19-2005, 05:18 AM   #5
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

I agree with zuzu8, I think you might be suffering from sleep apnea. And no, they won't admit you to the hospital if you see a doctor.

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Old 05-19-2005, 06:38 AM   #6
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

Sounds like obst sleep apnea, I have the same thing. started out with headaches in the morning as if I was ona big drunk, (I dont drink), dry mouth & throat, snoring, sleeping with a open window helped a bit. The best thing i got was the cpap machine and humidifier but now after 12 years on this air pump, my nasal passages cause me grief, so now I have switched to the "....??? angel". It is a strap that holds the jaw back in place abit and allows the airway to remain open. I am 54 and after years of talking and eating the jaw joint erodes and the jaw slides forward when you sleep and blocks the airway abit, causing the apneas. It is also caused by the soft tissue inthe throat falling back and blocking the airway. The other thing i used to do and still do even after using thte CPAP machine, is falling asleep anywhere or anytime, driving my car, sitting in the drs. office, sitting in the dentist chair (i am paranoid of dentists), standing up watching tv,
even sitting in my car at the red traffic light. You always hear of car accidents where they always say, "oh the driver must have fallen asleep or he must have had a heart attck." Well mostof those drivers probably had sleep apnea and never knew. There are thousands out there that have it and do not know. The general public need to be educated in sleep apnea, what it is, what it does. My Dr. told me that the weight gain is because of the lack of oxygen in the bood,(like an oven fire, when youopen the door it flares and when you close the door no oxygen, the fire dies down), the heart is stressed out because your blood thickens like watery jello and the heart has to work so hard to pump it around that the heart gets tired and causes problems. You should get the CPAP with a humidifier so your nose doesn't dry out. Once the nasal passges get dry then youhave to start flushing them with a weak saline solution or use a nasal lubricating spray. This "angel" stap does not dry the nose out, so i like it alot. Also get a CPAP with a high setting, they are expensive and if your apnea gets worse, you do not want to have to buy a higher setting machine. You can also get excellent used machines. My military medical plan paid $1200 CANAdian for my first one and $1800 for the second one, and now they are buying me a BIPAP for $2400. I find that the nasasl poillows were easier to use and adapt to than the mask over the nose. I could use either as in the military you had to get used to the face mask. Hope this gives you some info

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Old 05-19-2005, 06:14 PM   #7
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems react\\\\\ night.

thank you, Zulu 8, Smithn an Ernie Lone,
Your all angels, for your help, taking the time to help me it's appreciated greatly....
You have put my fears to rest.
I have Ernie, ZuZu 8 and Ernie Lone, weight, I am 5'2 and probably gained 50 pounds or little more.
You gave me the idea it could be my weight, I have a bike, trampoline, yoga tapes, belly dancing, I will do this not only for my self esteem and confidence my health and I hope so bad this will help with my s.a. I sure will let you know how it goes, or how I am doing with it.... If after I loose my weight I still have that problem I will go to the Dr.
Do you guys feel sore like some one has beaten you in the chest after you get your breath back?
It' s so sore after this happen for a day. Then it disappears.
((((((((((HUGS))))))) to all 3 of you. thank you again.
I was trying to remember Zu Zu if I had sinus when this started I don't think so.
Have a nice day!
Kat1966...

 
Old 05-19-2005, 06:46 PM   #8
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

ernie couldn't of discribed it better,i have copd(cronic obstructive pulminary disorder,another words "i don't breath well",i also have the cpap machine,to tell you the truth if you'll ask your dr. about doing a sleep study i think that it will help you.all it consists of is going to sleep an your monited while you sleep an it records your breathing,i look forward to having mine done,it's like going to a nice hotel except it's done in a clinic or hospital in there sleep clinic,theres no needles or invasive things done to you i promise and i really think it will help you alot,it did me.also have a friend or epouse to watch you at night and see if your shallow breathing,the would give you an idea if you need a sleep study done.earnie and X pretty well nailed it ,but you really need to have it checked,i know that it's scary for you but it doesn't have to be,the problem could be real easy to fixed and give you peace of mind by seeing your dr. heart felt wellness from me to you hon,linda in arkansas

 
Old 05-21-2005, 02:35 PM   #9
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

thank you Linda Moody,
so much for your post, concern and help it's greatly appreciated.
Have a great, safe and fun weekend everyone!
Kat1966

 
Old 05-21-2005, 10:36 PM   #10
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

Do your fingers and/or mouth feel numb for a few seconds when it happens? If so, or even if not really, it could also be hyperventilation, which is almost always caused by stress. It happens to me once in awhile too, usually if I have been stressed about something. Now that I realize what it is it actually happens less often.

I hope you get an answer soon.

Nancy

 
Old 05-24-2005, 06:19 AM   #11
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

My daughter has chronic fatigue syndrome and would wake up with shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. She was diagnosed by a cardiac test called a tilt table and she passed out. She takes florineff and she has no symptoms.

Some of your symptoms also sound like fibromyalgia which can go years without being dx'ed because many doctors are not knowledgable of it.

I rec that you do not accept anxiety as a diagnosis until you have been checked out for these two conditions. You don't have to have every symptom. Look it up on the net, and best of luck to you.

 
Old 05-25-2005, 12:03 AM   #12
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Re: SCARED : Breathing problems at night.

Kat:

Ask your doctor to order a sleep study to rule out obstructive sleep apnea. It sounds as if that is what you have.

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Old 05-31-2005, 01:24 AM   #13
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my son is 20 yrs and he had been diagnosed with Fibro and Chronic Fatigue Syn. The two conditions go together hand in hand. My son got hit in the middle of the forehead just above the nose, sort of between the eyebrows. He was unconsious for about a minute and then the teacher came over and helped him to his feet rather than let him lie there and call the paramedics. The trauma of the head injury triggered this curse called Fibromyalgia, he almost all of the tender points. He was seen by a Clincal Pharmacologist, thius is a Dr specialist that deals with pain, I found this Dr by going through the cancer clinic in Vancouver British Columbia Canada. They deal with extreme pain. This Dr did the diagnosis right away and now myson at least knows what and why the pain, and the reason for almost not being able to get out of bed some mornings. Check and see if you can find a Clinical Pharmacologist or check a local cancer clinic. Good Luck Talk to you again.
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