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Manteca, CA
A 32-year-old female asked:

Edit. i was taking a nap and woke up gasping for air. throat is pretty soar, i felt like a choking sensation, or more like i cant breathe but i do remember i was struggling to breathe. i was lightheaded and just laid down. x-ray & bloodwork normal?

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Dr. Martin Tamler
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Obstructive sleep apnea could be a consideration. It causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. There are several types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. This type of apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. Discuss with your doctor so that this can be diagnosed and treated.
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