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Does he have loss of concentration ?

I'm scared my husband wakes up several nights gasping for his breath. He refuses to go see a Dr what do I do? My husband is 5 7 and around 170 lbs and 42 years old. He seems to be fine when we go to bed but he sometimes wakes me up by his jumping out of bed and gasping. He then usually beats on his chest and runs into the bathroom. The attacks end with him coughing. How do I convience him to go when he is so dead set against it. Does he have swelling of the legs, ankles and feet? No Does he have loss of concentration? no Does he have the inability to exercise? no Does he get fatigued? a little Does he find it easier to sleep sitting up? yes Does he urinate a lot during the night? no Does he have a decreased appetite? no He is 5 7 and around 170 lbs. He is 42. He did tell me he has a sharp pain in his chest when this happens. He sleeps with three pillows. Does he have swelling of the legs, ankles and feet? No Does he have loss of concentration ? no Does he have the inability to exercise? no Does he get fatigued? a little Does he find it easier to sleep sitting up? yes Does he urinate a lot during the night? no Does he have a decreased appetite ? no He did tell me he has a sharp pain in his chest when this happens. He sleeps with three pillows.
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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He needs a sleep study soon or he might not wake up at all. A sleep study might aid in diagnosis and just tell him all he has to do it sleep. He will be attached to some equipment to monitor his breathing , oxygen in his blood etc., I had one done, I had no complaints, but you husband needs to see someone to diagnose this problem because it is going to adversely affect his health more and more. He might have sleep apnea or heart failure brought on by the sleep apnea.
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