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Trouble breatheing at night!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 11, 2010
  • 07:55 AM

This is the only site i have found that hits the nail on the head with my symptoms... It seems there is quite a few of us out there who cant breathe. My problems i originally thought was caused by anxiety. I too was prescribed a benzodiazepine (Valium). Which helps the anxiety of the problem but does not address the actual issues i am having. My symptoms are only prevalent at night i can almost set the clock by them. It starts at 12:00am almost on the dot. I start breathing very shallow and that persists until 1:30am or 2:00am. Then i feel like i cant catch my breathe, my airways seem to narrow and my bronchial passages get thick and heavy. Like many of you it seems as if i have an excess of mucus but cant cough it up. Shortly after that. I feel as if my heart beat is so shallow it could stop at any time. I fear that i am going to die right then. So often i get up. The only thing that seems to help after that point is making me a cup of coffee. The symptoms seem to gradually dissipate after 3:00am and by 4:30am-5:00am are almost nonexistent. I don't really have any problems during the day. I have been checked out at the hospital. It appears i am healthy as a horse. I don't feel very healthy! in fact i feel i could day any night now.

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  • I have a similar problem but my air hunger occurs about 4-5 hours after falling asleep. I have been to several doctors without a dx and even started treatment for sleep apnea. Nothing helps. I am now trying various things on my own. Reading your post I suggest ruling out PND and GERD both can cause excessive mucus. I suggest you try a saline nasal rinse three times daily and taking an anti-acid before going to bed. Elevate the head of your bed by about 4". (i.e., put blocks under the headboard feet). Avoid diary products after dinner time and cut out the coffee. If you eat chocolate avoid it after dinner. If any of these suggestions help it should be an easy matter to isolate the problem. Good luck.
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