Headache as I try to fall asleep/ feel like fainting
Hi everyone. I have been suffering from a huge problem for the past six weeks As I start to drift asleep, I start getting pain in my hands and feet and body ache and a back of the headache and ear pressure. Its scary, like I am fainting. I cannot sleep at all. The headache is also present when I am awake but most sharp as I fall asleep. Is it something with my breathing? I have had a brain MRI, (negative) and a chest CT which does not show any respiratory disease. I am sleep deprived and panicked Its like the blood is being cut off to my head and I get head rushes. Its worse when I use the computer before sleep. Im so scared. I started to take Klonopin for the anxiety but on nights like tonight, its 3am and its not even helping. Is this a weird form of sleep apnea? I have measured my blood pressure and it gets very low (75/44). Could that have something to do with it? It is largely normal when I am not sleeping and I do not have orthostatic hypotension.
Help! (45 female)
Have you discussed obstructive sleep apnea with your doctor?
When I suspected this problem (I am a lot older and had only suffocation symptoms) I purchased a finger Oximeter and measured my oxygen saturation level and pulse when I woke up with at night. I kept the meter, a small inexpensive device, on my night stand. It showed I had low oxygen saturation at those time. I discussed with my primary care doctor and he prescribed a over-night recording oximeter test which confirmed the problem A full sleep sturdy also confirmed I suffer from mild obstructive sleep apnea.
I got a lot of improvement by simply losing some weight, about 10% of my previous body weight. I wasn't huge, just over weight, seems much was in my throat/face (and of course belly).
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