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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.. :(

enigma
[QUOTE=enigma3;3365977]... 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:

enigma[/QUOTE]

Enigma,

Classic symptoms of sleep apnea are waking many times over the course of the night, getting up to pee (nocturia), feeling panicked when waking, breathlessness, racing heart, or in other words, all of the things you've mentioned.

You don't have to be old, overweight, or snore to have sleep apnea. People who (like myself) are mouthbreathers and who have allergies tend to be at risk for this condition, too.

My sleep specialist told me that the reason one gets up to go to the bathroom frequently at night is because sleep apnea can prevent the individual from going into the deeper levels of sleep. When you're in those deeper stages, the body is more or less paralyzed and even if your bladder was full, you wouldn't wake to urinate. My sleep doctor said one of the questions they always asked a new patient is, "how often do you get up at night to go to the bathroom?" Unless, there are urological problems, getting up to go to the bathroom at night means the patient is a candidate for a sleep study.

I would encourage you to learn more about sleep apnea. I did. And I demanded a referral to a sleep specialist. My treatment is medication free, and has made a world of difference in my life. And just for your info, treatment of sleep apnea can reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, and acid reflux...symptoms that can also be a red flag for sleep apnea.

Take care, and good luck. Do let us know how you fare.

Bethsheba
Hi! To all of you that have had a jolting effect while falling asleep and a fast heart rate, please have your thyroid checked, it can be a symptom of hyperthyroid, check the symptoms of this and Graves disease and see if any symptoms fit, just a suggestion.I had this 2 years ago along with weight loss,anxiety,mood swings,hand tremors and a bounding pulse just walking across a room. I had all the heart tests and wore a monitor, it just showed tachycardia on and off which is just a fast heart rate. It was very scary and when laying down to rest or sleep it was worse. Have your doc run a tsh and free t-4 and free t-3 test if symptoms like this persist. It affects females mostly from ages 35-55, although some are quite young when first diagnosed. Hope you are all well soon!
[QUOTE=GravesGirl73;3527473]Hi! To all of you that have had a jolting effect while falling asleep and a fast heart rate, please have your thyroid checked, it can be a symptom of hyperthyroid, check the symptoms of this and Graves disease and see if any symptoms fit, just a suggestion.I had this 2 years ago along with weight loss,anxiety,mood swings,hand tremors and a bounding pulse just walking across a room. I had all the heart tests and wore a monitor, it just showed tachycardia on and off which is just a fast heart rate. It was very scary and when laying down to rest or sleep it was worse. Have your doc run a tsh and free t-4 and free t-3 test if symptoms like this persist. It affects females mostly from ages 35-55, although some are quite young when first diagnosed. Hope you are all well soon![/QUOTE]

I was diagnosed with Hyperthyrodism as well. What I did that helped (at least for me anyways) where the following:

- don't drink too much before you go to sleep, at least 2 hours
- I take 1000 mgs of Magnisum, 400 mgs of Potassium (helps the heart and thyroid storms)
- I usually walk for about 20-30 minutes a couple of hours before bed
- Throughout the day, I drink about 2 - 2.5 liters of water a day
- Don't have any caffine or surgar 5 hours before bed (bananas are good)
- Don't eat too much before bed.

Star





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