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What Causes Wheezing And Breathing Difficulty Upon Waking Up?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Question: I just got up from bed and could not breathe, I was wheezing and when I drank some water it got better. I don't know if I had a panic attack or it was sleep apnea, Can you help?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (39 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I want to know your weight, height and smoking history.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Sleep apnea is commonly seen with obese people.
So please let me know your weight, height and smoking history, so that I can guide you better about sleep apnea.
If you are not obese then sleep apnea is less likely and panic attack is more likely.
I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
I am a former smoker. I quit smoking in 1985, and I am obese. I am 5'11" and 270 lbs.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You are at risk of sleep apnea.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
I have calculated your BMI (body mass index).
It comes to 37.
This is classified as morbid obesity and this can cause sleep apnea.
So please let me know
1. Is this first time happening?
2. Do you have excessive day time sleepiness?
3. Do you have morning headache?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
This was the first time this happened. Sleepiness usually only after a meal. No headaches.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (15 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Better to get done sleep study.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
In my opinion, you should get done sleep study to rule out sleep apnea.
May be this is the first attack of sleep apnea.
So get done sleep study.
Also loose weight.
Hope I have solved your query.
If you are not having further queries, then please close the conversation and rate my answer.
You can ask me directly on bit.ly/askdrkaushalbhavsar.
Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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What Causes Wheezing And Breathing Difficulty Upon Waking Up?

Brief Answer: I want to know your weight, height and smoking history. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic. I can understand your concern. Sleep apnea is commonly seen with obese people. So please let me know your weight, height and smoking history, so that I can guide you better about sleep apnea. If you are not obese then sleep apnea is less likely and panic attack is more likely. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.