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Melissuh
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   Posted 10/23/2015 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

Okay, here goes.

about 4 months ago, I began waking up in the middle of the night, GASPING for air, and the fear that my heart had stopped, I DO have anxiety, health anxiety, centered around, you guessed it, my heart.

Ive had an echocardiogram and holter monitor, I go to get an event monitor next week just to put my mind at ease, seeing as the cardiologist says im ok, so im trying to convince myself of that!

Anyway, these "episodes" have happened 4 times, last night being the last.
except last night, felt different, I felt almost dazed after/while it happened, which it happens quick, I gasp, my heart starts pounding, I go into a panic, try to talk myself out of it, then go back to bed.

When I woke up, I realized I sounded/felt very "wheezy", I went to Urgent Care tonight, I have been diagnosed with a Viral Upper Respiratory Infection with Asthma.
I DID have Asthma when I was younger, but, never realized it doesn't fully go away..

Could these episodes, especially lastnights be due to the Asthma?

Thanks for Reading this far!!

achievinggrace
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   Posted 10/24/2015 4:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Melissuh, Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you have had some very frightening episodes. I have heard doctors say a virus can trigger asthma and also that asthma makes a person more likely to get an upper respiratory infection. In any case, being low on oxygen can certainly affect your heart. I hope you will follow up with your doctor to get these episodes under control.
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Melissuh
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   Posted 10/24/2015 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you! I'm going to mention a sleep study in a few weeks when I go to see my primary, seeing as I've already seen a cardiologist and ruled that out!
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AustenFan
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   Posted 10/27/2015 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Asthma can definitely wake you in the middle of the night, gasping for air. And of course if that happens, it will produce anxiety and heart pounding. Post nasal drip can cause mucus to drain down into your bronchial tubes during sleep, and GERD can cause acid to back up into your throat and cause the same issues. I see a pulmonologist (along with an allergist), and he treats me for all three: asthma, post nasal drip, and GERD. They are often all connected.

So, if your doc doesn't recommend a sleep study or if you have one and it doesn't show anything, you might consider talking to your doc about allergies/asthma, post nasal drip, and/or GERD, since they can all cause the same problems.

Anxiety in and of itself can cause waking like that too, but with the wheezing, it sounds like there may be something else going on.

Melissuh
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   Posted 10/28/2015 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, I call Friday to schedule a follow up, so I will definitely be talking to her about the asthma/allergies, and waking up gasping for air. I go November 13th for an Endoscopy, finally. so hoping I get some answers there too!
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