wake up gasping for air

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by bizj54, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. bizj54

    bizj54 New Member

    I ned some help. I have Fms , Paic attacks and cfs. Alot of times I wake up from sleep wheather it' at night or a nap and I'll sit straight up and be gasping for air. Like I have stopped breathing or something.

    Does anyone out there have this problem or can you help me. I thought of sleep apena but I'm not over weight and I've had my tonsils out. My air way seems fine.

    It's just a very scary thing to happen, I can usually go back to sleep. One thing I do know every time I do sleep I will always dream, every night and even during a nap. I dream constanly, not all are bad, but I have had night terrors.

    Any suggestions or help would greatlt be appreciated. Could it be posssilbe I have stopped breathing and it has woke me up. I know my Dr. would want me to go have a sleep test,but I have a hard time falling asleep anyway and would hate trying to go through that mess.

    Hope everyone out there is doing good. God Bless you all.
    Thanks Bev
  2. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    Tell your doctor. This is nothing to fool around with. You need to go to a sleep clinic and get evaluated. You need a decent night's sleep EVERY NIGHT when you have FM.

    Your body can't repair itself if you keep having to semi-wake up to breathe at night. You are probably suffering with more episodes than you realize. My husband was. He would look exhausted in the morning after "sleeping" for 8 hours. The trouble was, he kept semi-waking up to start breathing again. He didn't even know that he was doing this so much. he thought it was just occasionally. HA! I knew better and "bugged" him until he went to the dr.
  3. JLH

    JLH New Member

    In addition to a sleep study, I would also consult a pulmanologist (? on sp. - but it's a lung specialist!).
  4. Milo83

    Milo83 New Member


    I know how you must hate more testing - BUT, PLEASE tell your doctor, and insist on a sleep study..........

    Wishing you the best......love, Donna
  5. rigby

    rigby New Member

    I thought I might have sleep apena but did not want the test for over two years I had problems. Finally had sleep study done they do two night. I have problems going to sleep they said after I was connect I could not get up,read or watch TV. So I laid in the dark wanting the test done it took 2hours to fall a sleep I stopped breathing 9. I also went to slow resp 10. Did not go into deep sleep and my legs moved alot while sleeping. The second night I had to used the machine to see if there was improvment. It's hard to get use to I slep better still tired and achy. Get checked RIGBY
  6. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Its called; Paradoxical Breathing, lots of people with FM have this. I do.

    Ask your doctor if there is anything that can be done for you.

    It is a miserable feeling, and it takes me a good hour to be able to function properly between the breathing and the morning fog.

    Wish you well.


    Shalom, Shirl
  7. Licorice

    Licorice New Member

    I believe you probably do have sleep apnea. My daughter and a good friend of ours both have it and both are quite slender in build. It's not something to mess around with. People can die from this! Get a sleep study.
    Licorice
  8. libra55

    libra55 New Member

    I'm not usually on this board, usually over on the FM board. I saw your post and can relate to this. You might have asthma and not know it. A pulmonologist can diagnose it. I suffered for a long time not being able to breathe well at night. My lungs felt heavy and I would literally gasp for breath. My doctor explained to me the lungs work less efficiently when you are lying down.

    I was 45 years old when I was diagnosed with this.

    Good luck,
    Michelle
  9. driftwood04

    driftwood04 New Member

    There are 2 kinds af apnea. 1) the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes & cuts off your airway. 2) the brain tells you to stop breathing. Either way, you need asleep study. I just had one. It was not bad at all. The dr gave me a sleeping pill. If I needed to get up , they were right there to unhook me. It was OK.They were great.
    I found that I quit breathing 56 times an hour, & when I did breathe it was so shallow that my o2 dropped to 56%.
    That means that 56 times an hour, my heart all but stops, my BP drops to nothing, my body is getting half the o2 it needs, & my blood is puddleing. 56 times an hour I could have a heart attack, stroke, seizure, or die. I've been on a c-pap for 3 months, & it is wonderful. I will not even take a nap w/o it. I have since been diagnoised w/ asthma & o2 has been added to my c-pap. I recommend a full face mask unstead of just the nose one. Ask your dr. Please.