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Numb rush on body, breathlessness. No sleep apnea. Doctor says nerves. What should I do?

I am a 34 yr. old female. For the past year I have been awakened at night with a numb rush over my body. Once awakened I gasp for a breath and can feel my heart stop for a couple of seconds. I even feel my blood flow in my arteries in my neck slow, almost feels like it is back flowing to my heart. It is almost a euphoric feeling, but it also scares me. I am not overweight and have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea or any heart condition. I do not take any drugs either. I have addressed this with my famiy physician who writes it off as nerves. What do you think I should do? Please Help.
Asked On : Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

We need to exclude a diagnosis of paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (PND), as a cause of your symptoms.

This can be done by evaluation of a cardiologist and performing an echocardiogram.

If these are normal, then, the symptoms could be related to panic/anxiety. For this, you can consult a psychiatrist.

I hope it helps.

Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,
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Answered: Tue, 5 Nov 2013
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