Panic attacks at night, feeling like suffocating

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Hi, I've been having alot of nightmares lately with this hurrendous sleep paralysis, and waking up in a panic, gasping for breath, feeling disoriented, feeling like I've been smothered and can't get my breath!!! It's so frightening and worrying me why I'm getting it...??

Is anyone else getting these symptoms...?

Is this perimenopause as well or something more serious....??

Makes me feel like I'm loosing it when it happens and takes me ages to come round properly from it. Then feels like or get scary thoughts that I'm going mad, and things aren't real... Scaring me sence less 😳😡😱😰😭😭😭

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    Astral Travel. Google it. It has nothing to do with Menopause.

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    panic attacks yes but i havent experienced the sleep paralysis this can be caused by stress but i would perhaps get it checked out by a doctor just to put your mind at ease

    eloise xx

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    hi there. I have very bad hot flashes at night time which wake me up. Most of them are between 3 and 6 AM. are you sweaty when you wake up? The flash is bad enough but it causes a physiological adrenaline rush which increases your heart rate and gives you those panic feelings. Sometimes it makes me literally jumped out of bed and I feel like I might have a heart attack. Very unsettling. it also gives me terrible dreams! last night I dreamt that I accidentally folded up my cousin’s baby in dirty laundry and put him in the dryer. what in the heck?? horrible.

    The suffocating/sleep paralysis feelings you’re having might be something more like sleep apnea which can easily be diagnosed with a sleep study test. i agree just see your doc just in case.

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    Rachel,

    I just wrote a discussion post about panic attacks and after I clicked on submit, I saw your post. I can answer with a resounding YES! I have had anxiety and panic attacks daily since being hit in the face with perimenopause. My anxiety/panic is always worse in the morning and then starts again late afternoon until bedtime. I wake every morning to an adrenaline surge. It often comes at 3am-ish. If I am able to fall back asleep, it comes again at 4am. Again, if I can calm myself and stay in bed, it comes again at 5am. I have not been in bed past 5am in weeks. I often pace in my room until the sun rises. I toggle between near tears and real tears...all while exhausted and weary. I too feel as though I have gone mad.

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      Hi there, thanks for your reply... I also just saw your post lol before I saw my replies... Yes your symptoms sound very similar to what I'm suffering from. I can relate to the waking up at 2am,3am 4am and so on... With adrenalin surges and fear running cold through your viens... And there's not even a reason sometimes. It's so exhausting isn't it.... Let's pray we over come it and it will eventually pass. Sending you healing hugs x

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    I had months of these! Sleep paralysis is so scary. I've had different types of sleep issues. One where I'll wake up to a loud bang or zap in my head. I've had dreams where I'm not sure if it's reality or not and I'll keep thinking I'm waking up but then I'll see something strange, like a dresser that was never there in my room, and I'll realize that I'm still not awake. I'll keep going through this until I finally do wake up and then I question if I really am. But the sleep paralysis is the worse. You just lie there unable to move. If it IS astral travel, I sure hope I'm going somewhere interesting!

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      Hi thank you for your reply... Makes me feel better knowing I'm not the only one... You discribed it to a T

      !!! Where you think you have woke up but then realise you haven't, to then think you have again and again still realise through something wierd you haven't. To then eventually wake up.. This is one off the worst feelings for me as well as the sleep paralysis... As it can really mess with your head, and then your virtually rocking back and forth on your bed wondering if you have really woke properly this time, then questioning if this are real, or if you've gone mad!!!!

      So terrifying.... 😱😒😭 So thank you for your response, feels a little better just knowing I'm not the only one experiencing this awful problem... Let's pray it passes soon for all that suffer with it. πŸ™πŸ˜Š

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    I had the paralysis when i would overdo on sugar or coffee

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    I had the paralysis when i would overdo on sugar or coffee

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    I read that sleep paralysis is generally caused by stress, or PTSD, and anxiety. It also said it was hereditary. Does anyone else in your family suffer from it?

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      Hi thanks for the reply..

      No I've never heard of any of my family suffering with it. But I have been diagnosed with PTSD after loosing my husband 4 years ago. I do get flash backs and suffer with stress/anxiety. So maybe that's the reason... Hopefully it will pass eventually. Thanks again for the reply.. So nice to be able to talk to other ladies who are either suffering similar symptoms or can give advice... Great support πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

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      Thank you for your lovely message....

      😊 Yes makes it very hard... You think your improving from the grief and stress from the trauma, then perimenopause hits, definitely making symptoms worse... I've taken up yoga the last 3months which I think is helping slightly.. But hard to tell somethimes as you get so many symptoms with it... Then stress from all the horrible symptoms can cause more symptoms....

      Vicious circle sometimes πŸ™ let's pray we heal from it soon. Big hugs to you xx

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    I just started BHRT treatment on Dec. 4th. The doctor who inserted my pellets was amazing. He sat with me and went over my blood work with me, he told me I was one of his worse cases suffering from peri menopause. After we went over my labs he inserted 3 different pellets (Natural Hormones) into my hip. Within days I felt like a new person, I went from having hot flashes, sweats, dizziness, digestive issues, extreme anxiety, panic attacks, high blood pressure, fatigue, even paranoia everyday, through out the day and night, 24/7. Since I had the treatment, all of these symptoms have gone away. I also found a specialist who put me on Cymbalta to help with my panic attacks. Cymbalta has very little side affects and within two days the panic attacks and anxiety went away. The BHRT treatment was my last resort. I suffered with this for the last two years, peri menopause took such a toll on my body that I missed a lot of time at work and my blood pressure was so out of control that I was now fainting. I wish I had learned of this treatment 2 years ago, but i'm not complaining. I'm so grateful to be feeling myself again. Now I wake up thanking God for giving my life back to me. Not sure where you live, I know in the UK they don't do BHRT treatments but in the US BHRT is known to many women suffering from Peri Menopause

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