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How can breathlessness, anxiety attacks and difficulty in supine position be treated?

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Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar


Practicing since :2008

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Posted on Tue, 16 Oct 2018 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: My husband got vertigo,then bells palsy,now is suffering with not being able to lay down to sleep.He says he cant breathe,then because of that suffers from anxiety attacks. What can we do?
Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

He is having orthopnea so first rule out heart diseases.

Detailed Answer:


Your husband seems to be suffering with orthopnea ( breathing difficulty in supine position - sleeping).

In this case, we should definitely rule out heart diseases first. I would suggest getting ECG and 2d echo done.

If both these are normal then no need to worry for heart diseases.

Uncontrolled stress and anxiety can also cause sleeping problems. Therefore it will also be wise to consult psychiatrist and get done counselling sessions and anxiolytic drugs.

Don't worry, he will be alright.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Kaushal Bhavsar, Pulmonologist
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