Waking up gasping for air

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Hello I am a 31 year old male with no previous medical history.

Over the past six months I have developed sleep apnea which has gotten progressively more acute. My symptoms are suddenly waking up gasping for air, sometimes I find my vision blurring and the sensation that blood isn't reaching my fingers. This is gotten steadily more acute for the last month, to the point, where I have episodes almost every night.

In addition I seem to have trouble with shortness of breath during the day time as well. I will just be sitting around watching television and suddenly feel like I am not getting enough air. I have also noticed trouble swallowing food (like a constriction/obstruction in the upper part of my throath).

I have been feeling something like a palpitation in my chest over the last week. It seems to get stronger when I eat, otherwise I notice a disturbance once every couple of minutes or so.

I am currently seeing a doctor and have undergone and overnight sleep apnea test, waiting on the result of that.

Any help with my systoms would be greatly appreciated, I have been worried that I have cardiac problems, given my latest symptoms.

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    the Sleep apnea test will give them some answers, hopefully not bad news.

    Are you sleeping on a flat pillow or propping yourself up on multiple pillows?

    Best wishes from the wife of a heart failure patient, he is doing well, 6 half years on, when they thought he wouldn't survive the week, so there is life even after a disastrous situation with his heart.  Dr's amazed he is doing so well, he caught a virus that did serious damage to his heart muscle.

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    Hi sgracias, I had the exact same symptoms and turned out I needed iron supplements which somehow nobody recommended to me for a crazy long time. Please do consult with your doctor. Palpatation and breathlessness (feeling of being unable to take full or deep breaths) are both caused by iron deficiencies... I know two other people for whom this resolved the issue! However I'm not a doctor so please consult with your doctor first!

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