Ok I've had problems for about 3 weeks and I'm just uncomfortable and miserable!! My throat has been swollen in the front of my neck and feels like something is stuck or moving and it's kind of hard!! I haven't slept too well and I could have anxiety because I tend to worry a lot but my lungs feel like they aren't inflating enough! I feel like I can't get a good breath! I've coughed up mucuos, have had chest tightness, and in the middle of the night I feel like a wake up gasping for air and my heart almost feels like it stops for a short period of time which is really scary!! I've been very tired also!! I just want to make clear I have spinal muscular atrophy and had a rod put in my back a couple of years ago due to scoliosis!! I really would love some answers and appreciate any help I can get!!
Spinal muscular atrophy - throat swollen, can't sleep, wheezy & gasping for air, should I see doctor
Added 15 Jun 2012:
I think I could also be experiencing foginess in my head but my memory is great! I also was diagnosed with sleep apnea awhile ago but symptoms seemed better, could I still have it? Should I find treatment for it? I used to wear a mask but couldn't sleep because I was so uncomfortable!! There's also some pain in my right arm but it just started a few min ago!! Please help!! Want to feel like myself again!!
Added 15 Jun 2012:
One more thing could I have developed asthma?
15 Jun 2012
There is a good chance it is panic attacks...
I have Really Bad panic attacks & when they are severe you start to hyperventelate (start breathing VERY fast) and due to this your symptoms replicate those of a heart attack. And another question you asked about if you could have these attacks After your initial stress event is over, and YES they can.
I have had that happen several times.
But you start to feel Very anxious then you start hyperventilating then due to that your heart starts beating Even faster . Then your chest tightens up & you start sweating Alot, your throat tightens up you get Very dizzy & I have even blacked out before.
I usually have pain going down my arm & if I am standing I drop to the floor due the weakness. I have scared my friends to death several times & they even called a ambulance before. Sometimes when I notice that I am starting to hyperventilate breathing into a paper bag & focus on slowing your breathing down helps. Also put a cool towel on your head & try to control your sweating.
Do they have you on any anxiety medication now ? If not they should probably consider that.
Also as far as the sleep apnea goes I also have that. If you had sleep apnea you probably still have it. And you probably need a new sleep study done if it has been a couple of years. I am not sure what kind of mask you were wearing but they have alot of new ones were they are not the mask they are just little "pillows" that fit just inside the nose & they are alot more comfortable. If you do not use the sleep apnea machine then you are not getting sleep that is needed. So that would make you tired & make you not have much energy that could make you feel depressed. Also it would make your throat hurt due to snoring & you could have headaches also.
So you should also make sure that your dr. is aware that you need to schedule a new sleep study also.
I wish you the best & you might want to research online "panic attacks" & see if the symptoms are ones you are having.
15 Jun 2012
I agree with Rajive, symptoms like what you've explained need medical attention rather quickly. That means, go to your nearest ER or call your doc as soon as his office opens.
Some of the things you are describing could be the worlds worse anxiety attack ever, like your heart feeling like it skips a beat, the tightness in your throat. Some can be explained by sleep apnea and asthma, like the coughing of mucus. Some of your symptoms, pain radiating down your arm, weird feeling in your chest could be your heart asking to get some attention. You need to find out, if in fact it's the worst anxiety attack or if something else is going on. Immediately or if the situation stays the same, like I previously said, call your doc when the office opens and get into see him.
The reason I said it could be a giant anxiety attack is because I had those exact symptoms you described, but I already was at the docs office at the time, he checked me out, my thyroid was ok, I was moving air in my lungs alright, had an EKG to check my heart, and every thing was normal. Anxious , I was very upset about something and those were my symptoms also.
Bu you need to fint d out and make absolutely sure you are ok. My doc ordered a bunch of tests, including a stress test, for my heart and every lab test imaginable. I was fine.
You can't take that chance, get checked out to make sure nothing physical is happening... and if it is anxiety, get medication for your anxiety. No one needs to go through with being this traumatized ... please take action ASAP.
My prayers are with you.
Peace and go with God,
PS ... let us know how you're doing so we don't worry.
15 Jun 2012
You poor thing, I'm sure you do feel miserable and anxious! It's possible that you've developed a nasty bronchial infection which might explain the swollen glands in your throat, the tightness in your chest and coughing up the mucus. All of that could have temporarily made the symptoms of your sleep apnea worse. Feeling ill, not sleeping well and the anxiety may very well be heading you towards a full blown panic attack. As my friends above have told you, you need to make an appointment with your dr first thing today as you certainly don't want to go into the weekend like this. Try some hot tea with tylenol or advil to soothe your throat. The caffeine can also help open your airways a bit. Just don't drink too much, you don't need caffeine jitters on top of your anxiety. Try to relax and call your dr as soon as they open and insist on being seen today. Mentioning difficulty in breathing usually opens up an appointment! And as our Sweet Hippie asked, please let us know your outcome so we don't worry. You'll be in my thoughts.
15 Jun 2012
This could be a number of things going on from a lung infection to a tumor of the lung or even heart problems. Do not hesitate & go the the nearest ER immediately PLEASE! You are descrbing heart attack symptoms & it is nothing to fool around with. Go to the nearest ER or better yet have someone take you or call for assistance... Mary
15 Jun 2012
I hope I don;'t sound like a wise guy, but why don't you go see a Dr? With such extreme symptoms I would think that would bring the most immediate and accurate answers to what's going on with you. All we can do is guess, so I would encourage you to seek medical help. Hope this helps.
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