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Myco
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I have had chronic lyme since 2000 and am largely symptom free but have recurrent troubling symptoms waking at night.

About an hour or so after I fall asleep I wake with a smothering restless feeling and try to relax but it increases and my head feels like it's not getting oxygen, my heart rate is elevated and I feel clammy (hands/body).

I get out of bed and sit in a chair taking deep slow belly breaths, but it often gets worse where I feel tingly in my head and about to pass out. I take my BP and it is mildly elevated (130's/80's) and my heart rate can be anywhere from 80's-100 or so. Eventually this passes after 10-15 mins and sometimes I will feel cold, twitchy or shaky afterward. This always happens an hour or so into my sleep cycle and last night it happened twice in a row, which scared me.

I checked my symptom diary and have had these episodes since 2005 or so, so I imagine it if was dangerous I would be dead by now.

I do have lingering Supraventricular Tachycardia Episodes a few times a year, but this is not an irregular heart beat, it's different.

I am thinking nocturnal panic, babesia (though I don't sweat or flush during the day or at night) or some type of progressive ALS Neuro problem (no diagnosed ALS).

Anyone have this? I would be grateful to hear from you and get some thoughts on solutions. I am largely symptom free and can workout and live daily life fine now, so am not eager to begin treatment with ABX unless I have to.

Thank you!

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PS - These episodes happen in cycles a few times a year or more but not nightly.
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I would see your cardiologist and run it by him/her.

Might also be a panic attack??

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quote:
Originally posted by Lymetoo:
I would see your cardiologist and run it by him/her.

Might also be a panic attack??

I did get an echo last year and it was normal as was the stress test. I am in shape, doesn't happen with exercise.

The only thing they found was SVT (Supraventricular Tachycardia) and I defiantly know when I go into that arythmmia.

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That's good.

I also thought of the possibility of high histamine levels, but that normally wakes someone between 1-3 a.m.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lymetoo:
That's good.

I also thought of the possibility of high histamine levels, but that normally wakes someone between 1-3 a.m.

That is usually when I wake, around 1-3am. I go to bed around 12am.

My other thought was Brugada but no family history or anything relevant on the ECGs but SVT and benign PVCs.

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