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This is a long post and I don't how many will read the entire thing but it's the only way I can describe what's going on. I am at my wits end due to terrifying events I experience that cause me to wake from sleep, always in the middle of the night, feeling like I am having a heart attack.
FYI I am already seeing a cardiologist to figure it out, and am seeing a gastroenterologist this month who will hopefully perform a scope. I don't know if my symptons are heart related, gerd related, or a combination of both.
I never have problems during the day. At night during sleep I will sometimes wake up feeling like me heart is "spasming" or has lost it's rhythm. Last night I woke up feeling intense pain in my chest. Often I instinctively yell out and wake my wife up, last night I actually screamed out "I'm having a heart attack". But they clearly aren't heart attacks, because without exception they are always over within 30 seconds.
I never feel food coming up on me or anything like that. Nor do I feel faint or nauseous or breathless which are signs of a heart attack, though on occasion I feel like I can't breathe at the moment I wake up.
They are very intermittent. I might have 2 in a week, then none for 3 months. 2 years ago I wore a holter monitor for 1 day that found some PVCs but no serious arrythmias. Now the new cardiologist wants to do another 2-day holter monitor which will probably again be useless because I won't have an attack the nights I'm wearing it.
I am 90% certain I do have gerd, because a doctor already diagnosed it and I experience other symptoms such as sour mouth in morning, feeling like something is stuck in my throat and so on. But I don't know if that is what is causing these nighttime attacks, because I've never heard anyone describe a gerd attack as something that is over in 30 seconds?
I should mention that I do have severe apnea, but I never sleep without my CPAP, and know how to analyze the data, and these never appear as apnea events. They are something else.
If you made it this far, thank you for reading and any input.
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