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tehpressman 07-28-2004 02:27 AM

waking up with choking sensation, apnea or?
Once in a while I'll wake up with a choking sensation. It either happens while I'm first drifting off or during a dream. The sensation goes away as soon as I wake up. I'll start choking on something in the dream and wake up, then run and get a glass of water, then realize it was a dream and go back to bed.

I was wondering if there is any other problem I could have other than apnea. I don't seem to have any of the other common apnea symptoms. I don't snore at all. I don't gasp for air. I don't wake up unless I'm having one of those dreams, and they have never happened more than once in a night. I rarely get up to go to the bathroom.

If I do get 7-8 hours of sleep, I feel perfectly fine the next day. Usually I don't get much sleep though, probably 5-6 hours on weekdays and extra long sleep on weekends. I don't have insomnia though, I usually am tired a few hours before I go to bed and could sleep if I actually tried, but I almost always seem to have more things I need to get done before bed. So if I do get enough sleep, I don't have problems the next day and I don't fall alseep during the day. When I only get 5 hours of sleep and have to go to work, I usually feel tired for the first few hours or until I go home, but again I don't fall asleep when I'm not supposed to.

I am a smoker, if that could have anything to do with it.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

jeh rpsgt 07-28-2004 05:16 AM

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Are you positive that you don't snore? Does this only happen when you sleep on your back?

shellyedmb117 08-03-2004 11:06 PM

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The same thing has happened to me. I woke up one night, and felt like I was underwater. My body REFUSED to take a breath even though I consciouly knew I needed to. I still to this day cannot explain it..... Try sleeping on your stomach, may help.. Good luck to you.

Epileptik 09-14-2004 12:14 AM

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I've been suffering from the samething for the past 6 months. It started off as only a couple times a week, but now it can occur up 15 times a night. I've gone days with only a couple hours per night of quality sleep, and my body feels like it's going to collapse. For the last several months, it'll happen when awake but very tired. It's scary being completely conscious and feeling your breathing passage squeeze shut. For the last 2 weeks I've been been haning trouble breathing while awake. I've gone to the emergency room, had x-rays, cat scans, and on Wednesday I'm seeing a neck specialist.

Any suggestions? I've gained about 20 lbs since January, but a good chunk of that was muscle. I've lost 10 lbs in the last 3 weeks hoping that'll help the problem, but it doesn't seem to make a difference.

Epileptik 09-14-2004 12:27 AM

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I should mention I was suffering from sleep paralysis early this year but no longer. It wasn't a big deal, and I found it more fascinating than terrifying.

I've also been having to go to the restroom during the middle of the night, and when I do, it's like I'm a zombie or completely wasted and am completely disoriented. I'll wake up on the floor,on the couch, or some other room. But I'll clearly remember waking up, going to the restroom, and lying down on the couch.

Epileptik 09-15-2004 10:35 PM

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I would appreciate any help. UP!

Zoie97 09-19-2004 10:24 AM

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Hey Epile!!!

I am not quite sure of what your question was? You had sleep paralize(sp)?

Have you had a sleep study?

I was having problems waking with a choking, gasping for air, heart pounding , and daytime sleepiness symptoms for a few months, so I arranged for myself to have a sleep study( which I thought was kind of creepy, having someone watch you sleep for 8 hours)

Anywho, I did have sleep apne at the rate of 52 awakenings an hour, I have heard others tell of much higher in the 350's an hour, no way to get a good nights sleep with that!!! Even my count!!

So.....I get the C-Pap machine. I am on 10 units (or however they measure it) At first I HATED the thing, it took me a good month to get where I wouldnt take it off in the night. It also uses water to humidify the air, I found I could not tolerate the water heated, it made to much sweat around the mask, so I use the water, I just dont heat it. It has actually done wonders for my chronic sinus problem!!!! And now, I love the machine, I sleep SO well!!! No more daytime naps!!!

So, does that answer some of your Questions? where to go next?


Epileptik 09-19-2004 11:47 AM

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Thanks for the reply Susan. I am having a sleep study scheduled. I am the fattest I have ever beenin my life and in the worse cardio shape I've been in since junior high, so that may be contributing to the problem. That being said, compared to most people, I am still in excellent shape and my BF% is probably around 14%, so I am not too sure how much of a factor that is. Hopefully the cat scans and/or sleep studies will reveal something.

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