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Terrifying Daytime Breathing Interruptions

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cyeeyore +0 points · 8 months ago Original Poster

I have seen several posts about being so relaxed they forget to breath or breath shallow or hold their breath. All annoying and valid concepts to explore treatment options. But for me this does not come close when all of a sudden my body stops breathing. It is not some calm change in condition, but much more akin to suffocating. I stomp my foot, family come racing to hit my back all hoping to dislodge an obstruction and allow me to breath again. Except there is nothing to dislodge, afterwards the only way to explain it, is that my chest walls or diaphragm, or a component of normal respiratory process COMPLETELY STOPPED I could not draw a breath. I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this sporadically all your life? It is next to impossible to get a diagnosis because there are no signs when or where an episode will occur next

Not that it has direct bearing on the question but here are my vitals. 51 F smoker BiPap COPD non asthmatic, no neuromuscular disease

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Sierra +0 points · 8 months ago Sleep Patron

It probably would be best to see a pulmonologist about it.

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PutSleepApneatoBed +0 points · 8 months ago Sleep Commentator

I would consult both a pulmonologist and a neurologist. The brain controls breathing and sends the message to the lungs and diaphragm to inhale. It sounds as though either that message in not being sent, or it’s not being received. Anyway, those would be my starting points. Your GP may have more ideas.

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cyeeyore +0 points · 8 months ago Original Poster

Thanks for the info

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cyeeyore +0 points · 8 months ago Original Poster

Thanks for that info

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PutSleepApneatoBed +0 points · 8 months ago Sleep Commentator

You’re not on oxygen, are you? Too much might interfere with the ventilatory drive. One way or the other talk to your doctor about this, ASAP. It sounds very frightening….

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