Waking up with short breath, chills and burping that’s hard to come up

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So recently I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night gassping for air, with chills in the left side of my chest and heart ache, sometimes its combined with burping that is hard to come out , also I barely feel any heartbeat and a burn down my esophagus. I did went to the doctor he said my heart rate is fine and everything thing is normal, i still can’t figure out whats wrong, it happens rarly but i freak out and feel like i’m dying I can’t take any breath. 

I did look it up and read about acid reflux but I rarely sleep right after a meal and I don’t eat that much of unhealthy food and it only happens in the night. 

I don’t drink coffee or tea nor smoke

I don’t have anxiety 

And I don’t have fatigue in the morning. 

If it’s acid reflux how can i test ? 

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    Do you have your bedhead elevated, do you avoid food and hour or two before going to bed. Do you avoid alcohol. Did the doc recommend medication for reflux.

    There are not many things that make you gasp for air. Like many people of this forum, you probably have Sleep Apnea. 80% who do are unaware.

    If you have a burn down your esophagus then you have reflux.

    Treating your SA will not fix your reflux, but it will stop it going up so high and becoming unmanageable which is where you are headed now.

    If you are reluctant to push the SA with your GP (and ask for a sleep study) then at least do a phone recording of you sleeping.  Don't use the snore detecting apps.  Just record with the inbuilt app. 

    It's normal to stop breathing up to 5 times per hour but more than that is indicative that you have SA.

    When you play back your sleep, if you hear say 60 seconds of silence then 10 seconds of noisy breathing, and the pattern repeats then you have SA. The 60 seconds of silence is when you stop breathing. The time you can hear troubled breathing is when part of your brain wakes up and recovers breathing again. It is also when the reflux is 'pumped' further up the esophagus.

    You will find that many GP's and Specialist don't understand the relationship between SA and reflux so its up to you to push.

    You need to be very sure that SA is not your problem before you dismiss it as it can do much damage to your body that is not reversible.

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      Wow thank u very much. 

      No I don’t drink alcohol and i do avoid eating before 2 hours of sleep.

      The doctor didn’t give any treatment or explanation but u see the med community where i live is poor so i’m relying on my own knowledge. 

      For know i will check for SA and reconsider a different doctor. 

      Thank you for your time. 


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