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Insomnia,sob and startling at night,any suggestions NOT anxiety????

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 25, 2009
  • 09:34 AM

I have suffered from weird symptoms for 18 months now.It started all of a sudden,one day fine loved my sleep then BAM insomnia,tossing and turning for up to 6 hours before finally getting to sleep, heart palpitations suddenly waking me back up when i would be almost asleep.Very random I can suffer for a week or three then it goes away comes back for a few weeks goes away and on and on and on.I have been to emergency many times in the beginning.... had ECGs ,and holter monitor twice for 24 hours. Nothing much showed up. Been told its anxiety, I disagree but tried antidepressants, made me a zombie,am seeing a counsellor too. I have episodes of this now and it seems it may be set off by foods or something as I have made the connection of when I get this happening I get bad gas, belching, abdominal pain, and the occasional cramping similar to labour pain that ends in a bout of diarrhea.I have difficulty falling asleep but also any little noise I wake up and my heart pounds, hot flashes all that. Had my thyroid checked too. Any suggestions? It is driving me nutty and has now cost me my job as I cant keep up to kids a job and no sleep!! I am an otherwise happy person and have little stress in my life,great partner etc,anyone that could offer another medical cause except for anxiety would be appreciated!

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  • :oI have had some of the same problems, but in a lesser degree. I would personally suggest a sleep study. Even though they might diagnose you with anxiety/stress, you should talk to a psychologist. NOT a psychiatrist, mind you. Your serious sleeping problem may be caused by sleep terrors. These are just like nightmares, but way worse. Almost all of the time, only children have these, but there are rare cases in adults. You won't remember your dream, either, and this is a VERY likely cause of your sub-conscious being unwilling to sleep. Heart palpitations are also a sign pointing directly to my theory.Hope you get better soon,--W.P.
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