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Wake up and can't breath.

Posted by Chas from Mich on September 13, 2004 at 16:57:02:

I have a strange problem, though after reading some of the other postings, mine seems small in comparison, because of its infrequency. Over the past 15 years, I have had probably 25 or so "episodes" in which I awaken in the middle of the night and can't draw a breath. It is awful as you can imagine. I spring to my feet and eventually manage to get some air in my lungs (as though coming thru a pinhole). When the episode is over, I am bathed in sweat and it is very difficult to trust myself enough to fall back asleep. Now, my body seems to have trained itself somewhat. I will occasionally awaken and realize that I was within seconds of having another episode. I have been unable to associate these occurances with anything dietary or otherwise. I am afraid that one these occurances will end up killing me from suffocation or heart attack. I did spend a night in a sleep clinic several years ago but, since I had no episode that night, it was a wasted night. Has anyone heard of such a thing? I'm reluctant to go to another Doctor since I know it will lead to another night in the sleep clinic with the odds seriously against having an occurance while there. I am 51 years old and am in good physical shape. Even though this problem only occurs one or two times each year, knowing that it may occur is something that goes thru my mind each night before falling asleep.

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