I was talking to my mum the other day about my symptoms and she thinks that it could be the perimenopause because the is a history of early menopause symptoms in our family and she doesn't think that anxiety would cause me to wake up feeling boiling hot. My heart pounds when I feel hot but then goes back to normal when I cool down again. My doctor said that my normal FSH result does not mean that I am not entering perimenopause because the hormones fluctuate a lot and it is difficult to catch it at first.
This strangely did cross mind, but you have a lot going on Tired Lady.
This dream you had, you may be associating it with dreams, but what is really going on. Don't think I put that to well, oh well, read on!
Last night I woke up numerous times feeling like I couldn't breathe it was horrible and my husband said I was snoring. I have quite large tonsils due to so many attacks of tonsillitis, could they be causing an obstruction?
This has been known not to help, if it ongoing why have they never been taken out?
I know they don't like to these days, but you can do without them.
I had a thyroid test and ECG which were normal.
All that means is it is in the NORMAL range, what is normal for you.
Not having been tested before, your doctor will not know.
Fast forward 18 months since my first attack of tachycardia and I now wake up every single night with episodes of waking up in a fright with a pounding heart or a fast heart rate, a feeling like I can't breathe on waking and I have numerous nightmares every night and I often wake up with my heart pounding after these. I also get these horrible hallucinations as I am drifting off to sleep and on waking, they can be very frightening and I have only had these since my sleep has been disrupted.
This is a bit worrying. Hallucinations!
I am not a Dr but going by what I have come across before, I think you may be starting on the Sleep Apnoea slippery slope.
No need to answer any of these here but -
Are you a bit overweight?
Do you snore, pause breathing when sleeping?
Start breathing again with a snort?
Do your legs move around (kicking) when you are sleeping?Hallucinate
, i.e. (I think this is what you are doing rather than dreaming because you are half awake and you mind is working overtime trying to make sense of things). Then you waken up in a panic because your brain wakes you up because you are not breathing. This is maybe why you have the feeling you are chocking or can't get breath. This may also be why your heart is racing, you may be in a panic becuse you semi-realise you have stopped breathing. Your heart may also be trying to punp oxygen around but itself is starving of vital oxygen it needs.
I think it is worth having a home test, even if it is just an oxymeter, this will show up any dips in your oxygen levels, indicating you may be having Apnoeas.
Any, I am NOT a doctor, but going by experience and what I have been told by others I think you may well have mild to moderate Sleep Apnoea. Mind you I could be totally wrong
Ask your Dr for referral for at least a home test, also a visit to ENT may be required just to check there is nothing else going on. jonesy1 was just like you according to their post, so chase it up.
Thanks for posting that jonesy1
The Epworth Scale is just a guide and it also depends how honest you are with yourself when you answer.
I think you should go back to your Dr and discuss it with her.
I know you may have other issues going on that may be hiding the OSA, you may not even have it but I think a lot points towards it.
Hope this is of some help, but do remember none of us here are doctors and we just go by what we know. We do find though that a lot of doctors dismiss OSA all to easily.
Doctors are getting better but have a long way to go.
I think they are afraid of being wrong when they send you for tests
Good luck and let us know how you get on.