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Is this sleep apnea??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 9, 2007
  • 02:56 PM

Hello everyone.

Before going to see my doctor, I wanted to try and figure out if what I have is sleep apnea. So here is an explanation of what happens to me. If you think it might be sleep apnea, please let me know.

It will always happen when I am falling asleep at night. I will be just about to fall asleep, and then it's almost like I become conscious in my mind that I'm not able to breathe, and for a second or so I struggle to tell myself to breathe. On a night when this happens, it will happen repeatedly (maybe 5-10 times) before I am finally able to fall asleep.

This all first started happening about 5 years ago. For the 4 years or so it only happened once in a while (maybe once a year). Now, it's happening about once a week or so.

This is the wierd part. When it started 5 years ago, it was a little different than it is now. In that moment where I would start to not be able to breathe so well, I would get this buzzing in my head - not JUST the sound of a buzzing, but it felt like I could actually feel this buzzing in my head. Like an electrical wave or something. That's how it happened the first few times. Lately (the last 6 mos or so), this buzzing hasn't happened.

I'd love to know if this sounds like sleep apnea. I'd also love to know if anyone else has had this "buzzing" experience.

Thank-you everyone.

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  • this does sound very much like sleep apnea, although i dont know about the buzzing. definately go to see a doctor.
    ell_em 3 Replies
    • January 14, 2008
    • 04:10 PM
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  • I would agree, go see a doctor. My husband actually stops breathing and makes no noise at all, however he is not aware of the condition while he is sleeping. I mentioned this resource in another post, but it is worth another -- I found this guide to be of great help to me as far as answering the question should we see a doctor. The Ultimate Guide to Snoring Good luck and let us know what you find out!Snorers wife
    snorerswife 1 Replies
    • February 15, 2008
    • 07:41 PM
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  • No, it's not sleep apnea! It actually sounds like a very common issue called SLEEP PARALYSIS. This is probably why they haven't been able to confirm sleep apnea as a diagnosis. Most people have an episode of sleep paralysis once in a while (like you described in years past) but you probably want to look into what might be causing it to happen so frequently (stress, meds, etc). While there is less you can do about sleep paralysis than sleep apnea, sleep paralysis is much MUCH less serious. So that's great news!Naturally, you'll still want to discuss and confirm this with your doctor & maybe he/she can help you figure our why you are having episodes more frequently. see my post about Sleep Paralysis here: http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=1357
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