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Unread 01-02-2013, 03:23 AM   #1
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Default Afraid to sleep, PCS new symptom?

I usually post in the TBI/PCS forum but thought maybe I should ask this here.

Lately, many nights, I fall asleep and wake gasping for air like my heart has stopped and I need to revive it, or something. I feel my heartbeat in my ears and neck and head, at all times. But when "sleeping" it is deafening.

The waking happens about once an hour. It's worse if medicated in any way so I'm not taking anything that causes drowsiness. I took Gravol a few nights because of the dizziness/nausea that accompanies PCS, and that's when this "waking in terror" was the worst. It really feels like I am forgetting to breathe. I wake with this huge breath, like I've been drowning. It's terrifying.

Is that sleep apnea? What does one do for this? I'm not getting the rest I need to heal my brain, but its like its fighting me. Any help greatly appreciated.
About it: October 26, 2012 I fell backward on an icy parking lot at work. I was on Workers Comp for 9 months. My PCS : everyday headaches became once in a while headaches, and neck pain became manageable. Still have occasional mild dizziness, sometimes fullness in the ears, convergence insufficiency, sequencing struggles, short term memory struggles, verbal processing delays. CT neg, MRI neg. Therapies: prism glasses, acupuncture, icing neck, resting, supplementing, Elavil 20mg at bedtime.

NEW: Completed 12 weeks of physical therapy and returned to work full time.

About me: I'm a marketing manager, a mom with a blended family and wife to a heart attack survivor. I believe my brain injury taught me more than it cost me. I'm grateful to still be me!
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Unread 01-25-2013, 04:35 PM   #2
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Default Sleep study

I know I harp on about this but u need a proper sleep study done, they can establish ur oxygen level, brain activity and wellbeing during all the stages of sleep.
Yes it could be sleep apnea but there are other illnesses and deseases that present in the way u state.

Dont expect a quick diagnosis as often sleep difficulties are often a precurser to other conditions.

Try for a qualified sleep study, it is worth it.

Either that or u take too much coffee.

Good Luck
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