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Sporadic episodes of breathing discomfort muscle pain followed by rapid palpitations. Suggestion?

Hi...I awoke during the wee hours of this morning experiencing discomfort in breathing ....i tried different positions on the bed trying to get back to sleep , but the uncomfortable breathing got worse,muscles in my body began jumping so I assumed I was not getting enough oxyge . Long and short of it.... I never got back to sleep and eventually after a few hours the palpitations, inability to breathe properly and general feelings of discomfort eased. Have not been to a doctor for many many years but was in a vehicle accident probably 10-12 yrs ago where I experienced similar feelings for a while. Did not visit the doctor at that time either. For the last few months I sporadically experienced very brief (one minute at most) episodes of what I can only describe as palpitations in the area of my lungs. This has been becoming a bit more regular over the last few weeks. Can u shed any light?
Asked On : Mon, 16 Apr 2012
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Hi there. Thank you for posting your question with Healthcaremagic. I will do my best to help you.

I'm sorry. I can not shed any light on your symptoms nor would it be appropriate for me to try and do so and I will tell you why.

These are very significant symptoms and, while they may not be reflecting anything too serious, the contrary is also true. You urgently need an exercise ECG and a chest x-ray at a very minimum. How do you otherwise know that you are not having small heart attacks at night. There has to be an explanation for this serious symptoms and I urge you to go and find it now.

I hope that I have answered your questions fully and been of some help. If you have anymore questions please contact me again anytime.

Dr Andrew Rynne.

Answered: Mon, 16 Apr 2012
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