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Wow, I can't say how glad I am to see someone start this post, because I keep trying to find out if anybody is having the same symptoms as me, and everything all of you said is what I have been experiencing.

I am 31, have recently had a stress echo (which showed nothing abnormal, except tachycardia before and after the test, even after given 10 minutes to rest). I also have Hashimoto's thyroid disease, which I've struggled with for over 7 yrs., but seem to have been on the correct medication for.. thyroid tests are usually normal. In addition, I had two extremely scary panic attacks for the first time in my life, both involving going to the ER, back around September, and I still haven't quite figured out why. Luckily, I haven't had episodes like that since then, but have relied on Ativan daily, as well as an increase in dosage of Celexa (SSRI) to keep things more under control. Despite this, I've still had problems with anxiety every day. It comes and goes, but the only way I know how to describe it, is that it often feels like I have a constant surge of electricity going through my body, which gets worse depending on caffeine, sugar intake, exercise that is too strenuous, and also gets worse as I get closer to my monthly cycle).

All I can say, is that before all of this, my life seemed so normal. Back to the sleep problems, my second panic attack a few months ago had involved jolting awake around 3 am, only to feel my heart feeling as though it was going to pound out of my chest, and feeling shaky, dizzy, terrified, etc., and only got worse as I tried to get up, walk around a little, and had tried to calm myself down. It didn't work, and I had to call the paramedics, feeling terrified that I was having a true heart attack.

This is somewhat similar to what I am experiencing almost every morning now, except not quite as extreme. Now, everyday, I seem to wake up right around 4-6 am every single morning, feeling panicked, feeling my heart racing, and feeling really dehydrated and just really "off" somehow (also feeling that can't get a full breath feeling, which doesn't go away until after I've fallen back asleep. It also takes me up to 20 min. or so each time for me to really go back to sleep, but even then, I often find myself still waking up feeling that same way again, just minutes after falling back asleep.

What I can't understand about this, besides all of these scary symptoms, is why it only seems to happen around 4-6 am, and not when I wake up at say 1, 2, or 3 am, which I always do, because I have to use the bathroom from drinking a lot of water before bed. Usually, when I wake up then, I haven't started feeling that way yet.. :confused:

I hope more people will share their stories on here if they have had these problems too. I don't understand what is causing this for us. I am starting to wonder if it has anything to do with sleep apnea though, which I've never really considered since I've never had these problems before. I do definitely seem to always breath through my mouth, mainly at night, and have been that way since I was a child (have always had a ton of allergy problems).

I have no idea what to do about this.. :(


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