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Air Hunger While Sleeping

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 25, 2010
  • 00:27 PM

I am a 65 y.o. male with COPD, CAD, hypothyroid, hypertension all well controlled with medications. About a year ago I began waking with the sensation of SOB but I was breathing normally. The worst of this was the anxiety. I met with a few MD's, cardiologist, pulmonary MD. After all the tests my heart and lungs were ruled out. I then met with a sleep MD who prescribed bipap therapy that I continued for four months. During that period my air hunger or SOB subsided but still I had isolated incidents of this condition while using the bipap machine. Since starting this therapy I have developed lung congestion, ear pressure, ear pain, and headache. My sleep MD told me to stop the therapy. A few days after I stopped using the bipap machine I woke with the air hunger after four hours of sleep but was able to go back to sleep even with this sensation. I just had a overnight oximeter test and the results were normal.

I am able to fall asleep but wake after about four-five hours with the sensation of air hunger. I am able to get back to sleep and when I wake again the air hunger is gone.
I do sleep with my head elevated. Comments appreciated, thanks.

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