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Rapid Shallow Breathing During Sleep
No: Sleep apnea is a disordered breathing during sleep. Most of those with sleep apnea are overweight and due to the pressure of the chest can have difficulty breathing anytime but not because of the sleep apnea. The are others like pickwickian syndrome or hypoventilation syndrome which can be present when awake. Also be aware of other conditions such as the heart or copd. ...Read more
Usually not: Nasal obstruction can worsen sleep apnea but in most cases it is not the cause. Sometimes nasal obstruction is not really nasal , but due to throat obstruction, too. Nasal obstruction should be treated as even in absence of sleep apnea it affects sleep quality and daytime function. For some patients, treatment of nasal obstruction can aid in the treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
?sleep disorder: You are a bit young for true sleep apnea, but you could be experiencing nocturnal panic attacks, and either could make your other co-morbidities far worse. Have you had a traumatic event which triggered all of this?? Discuss possibility of overnight sleep study with your doctor. ...Read more
Can a thyroid problem cause tenderness in legs, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, rapid and slow heart rate?
Yes to all: Depending on the type of disease, the thyroid controls the metabolism and can cause muscle aches and hypo or hyper can increase or slow down heart beats or irregular heart beats and can affect respiratory pattern in many ways such as drive and hypo can cause hypoventilation. ...Read more
2.5y/o with noisy breathing, snoring, short pauses in breathing during sleep. Tonsillar hypertrophy= 2-3+. Does this indicate tonsillectomy?
At night, will get waken up in a "start", feeling of can't catch breathe, heart beats faster. Sometimes sweaty. Anxiety, panic, sleep apnea?
Chemical mattress?: Dr. Fowler's advice about sleep study is good. Also I see you have a history of allergies. I have seen similar symptoms result from exposure to off-gassed chemicals from memory foam mattresses. If that's what you're sleeping on, try sleeping on the couch for a week to see if symptoms remit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can cause rapid heart rate (up to 174 bpm), severe headache, rapid breathing, adrenaline rush to occur multiple times a night every night.
See your Doctor: All these symptoms are a warning that are telling you to be seen, when we lie down fluid changes in our system can trigger underlying heart disease and trigger some of your symptoms, and could also be an endocrine (gland and hormone) problem, so please get to your Doctor and get this evaluated right away! ...Read more
I am experiencing rapid heart rate and difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty staying asleep) . Being awakened by heartbeat. ?
See your Dr: If you are having a sudden onset of rapid heart rate for no apparent reason (for example exercise or fear), then I recommend seeing your Dr as soon as possible to determine the cause. If it doesn't occur during the day that is good, but to be safe let your Dr know what is happening, frequency, duration, and any associated symptoms & if you are taking any supplements/meds then show them to Dr, ...Read more
Difficulty breathing: Sleep deprivation may cause mental and physical problems including memory impairment, depression, increased blood pressure, weight gain. That said, for difficulty breathing go to ER without delay. Follow-up with your pcp to find out why you are not getting adequate sleep and have difficulty breathing/swallowing. See: http://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-deprivation/effects-on-body I hope this helps. ...Read more
Faster then normal heart rate while walking, or even talking in certain situations. Triggers breathlessness, upon deep breaths weird heart beats hapen?
Deep Breathing: Sighing or deep breathing as you call it is normal. It happens many times per hour and is the way the lungs have of opening all of their air spaces regularly so that fluids and other things do not block the airway or cause damage to the lungs. ...Read more
Bronchoconstriction (asthma/copd) affects breathing out during expiration, but not breathing in during inspiration, how come?
Dynamic collapse: This is a fancy term of when airway pressure is more on the outside of your airways and collapses as you exhale. This pressure difference happens at different stages of exhalation in copd. With asthma there is narrowing of your airways from inflammation so this constricts the diameter and makes this worse. All due to airway pressure and "equal pressure point". Hope this helps! ...Read more
What are normal breathing sounds for 92 yo? All night long has gasps, lapses, loud breaths, not typical snoring. Never noisy before. Sleep apnea?
Could be sleep apnea: But you need to see a doctor. The internet is a great place to answer some questions like "what is "sleep apnea?" or "what is cheyne-stokes breathing?" the internet not a good place to get a diagnosis. That requires obtaining a complete history, a hands-on physical exam, maybe a sleep study or echocardiogram, etc., use the internet to get the questions to bring to your doctor, not the answers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea syndrome is a medical condition that occurs when breathing is obstructed during sleep. Symptoms are often daytime sleepiness and unrefreshing sleep. Left untreated it can lead to poor health outcomes like high blood pressure and heart problems. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Chest IN & tummy OUT: In normal young children, both the chest and tummy expand when breathing in. With paradoxical breathing, the tummy expands when breathing in, but the chest gets sucked inward (downward). Paradoxical breathing can be normal in babies & toddlers because their chest cages are still "soft". After age 2-3 years, normal toddlers (without airway restriction) usually don't have paradoxical breathing. ...Read more
Many: It depends on what you mean by poor breathing. If what you mean is asthma or a lung disease such as copd, careful treatment with your doctor is imperative. Others with heart conditions can have shortness of breath. If sleep apnea is the issue, the most commonly prescribed treatment is cpap. Oral appliances that keep the lower jaw slightly forward may also help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible Sleep Annea: This is a frightening thing to witness and should be investigated. Sleep apnea is a disorder where for various reasons a person stops breathing breifly when asleep. Associated with many complications. In my opinion, seeing a doctor certified in sleep medicine is the best bet, but many primary care doctors care for patients with this kind of problem. ...Read more
I am sweating during sleep. It seems i just finished playing football but the breathing is normal. Is it normal or is there something wrong with me?
Sweating in sleep: Don't go directly to osa as you mentioned. Many other problems can cause nocturnal sweating. Discuss with your primary doctor first. Need expert nasal exam, abdominal imaging is a possibility and cxr, maybe TB test , some people need cardiac work up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Overweight with poor blood work. Also stopped breathing for 2 minutes at a time during sleep. Need MD-signed statement to fly non-Economy. Help!!!
My 4 year old weird breathing during sleep, snoring, and drooling with a foam-like salava. For past two days was a little fatigue looking and a little pale, kinda like tired...., really worry. ?
Warrants a visit: to the pediatrician, can still be a viral upper respiratory problem with blocked nasal passages, but you need to get it sorted out, goo luck ...Read more
I feel physical pain like I'm being electrocuted during sleep paralysis. I feel I'm not breathing/heart attack & I will die. I'm scared to go to sleep?
Anxiety issues?: The pattern of symptoms & the timing does not seem to make sense with any organic condition that I am aware of. Sleep paralysis should not cause pain. I think there's some type of phobia or irrational / subconscious fear leading to bedtime anxiety. I think you should see a counselor or at least talk to someone who you are close to about your problems. Do you have a family doctor or use HT Prime? ...Read more
I am experiencing sleep paralysis, episodes of not breathing during sleep and uncontrollable jerking. The following also describe me: Sleepiness, Disorientation, and Confusion. What should I do?
What causes my son to sometimes make really high pitched noising while breathing during his sleep?
My son jumps on my back,i feel my back bone is alright but feeling uncomfortable during breathing especially while sleeping?
Muscle spasm?: Try sleeping on your side with a small comfortable pillow under your head and neck to relieve tension on your spine. Maybe also a heating pad or warm water bottle on your back to relieve muscle spasm. If breathing still does not feel normal, please have your lungs examined by a local doctor. ...Read more
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