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Dizziness and numbness when I lay down

Recently, when I lay down to sleep, I feel very short of breath.  My arms feel numb and I feel short of breath.  I also feel short of breath sometimes during the day.  I'm concerned - it makes it hard to rest at night.  I've been to the doctor about this before, and he seemed to think it was anxiety (?).  It's really bothering me, but I feel like I'm crazy going to the doctor again for this same thing if it's just anxiety.  Maybe I need better coping skills.  Frustrated.
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I would consider trying to see a physical therapist.  You may have a compressed disc or pinched nerve in your neck or upper back that is contributing to your numbness and shortness of breath.  I think it is worth checking out.  I do hope you feel better soon.
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Anxiety can indeed make a person feel very short of breath.  This is a classic symptom of anxiety or panic, in fact.  And a disk problem can cause numbness in the arms and hands--but so can anxious over-breathing!

You can read about the symptoms of anxiety and how to deal with them in a nice little paperback called 'Hope and Help for Your Nerves,' by Dr. Claire Weekes.  Just google it.

But here are a few questions that might help us give you more information:

1.  How old are you?

2.  Any family history of heart disease?

3. What kind of doctor are you seeing?

4. Have you ever been told you have a heart murmur?

5.  Have you had an EKG and/or cardiac stress test?
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