Yes, a lot of people with fibro experience this. You are right, it is very unplesant and scary! The last time I experienced it a couple of weeks ago, I jerked awake, thinking something was coming at me...it was my ceiling fanblades rotating. My heart rate was around 150 almost too fast to count, and very paniky feeling. I almost called 911, but waited, and finally drifted back to sleep. I have had fibro for many years, and symptoms like this seem to come and go in cycles. If you keep experiencing them, tell your primary dr, and see if he recommends a cardio checkup. Better safe than not. Just because you have fibro, doesn't mean other things can't go wrong. Good luck, and try to relax thru it, stress makes it worse
Are you sure what you described isn't a "night terror"? I had that a month ago, I woke up screaming in the middle of the night, I felt like something was closing in on me, like I was buried alive...I woke up with my heart racing and screaming. Scared the dickens out of my husband! lol These are night terrors. They may be due to stress, of course if you have fibro, you're under a lot of constant stress!
Pamee, just to ease your mind, why don't you have a heart check up? I did - it really eased my mind knowing I don't have heart disease. To start they can give you a 24 hr Holter test- you wear a little device that measures your heart beat and if you feel any irregularily you push a button and its recorded. Its totally painless. Thats the good news, most heart tests are painless- so I would ask your dr. Good luck. !