My MS has been on a rampage of late-stress can bring it on as can illness and I got hit with both. The scariest thing was that I awoke from my sleep unable to breathe-I couldn't move air out or in. It only lasted for a few seconds; but felt like forever and it came back little breaths at a time; as if my lungs had deflated and it took a few seconds to get 'unstuck'.
No to GERD and nightmares. I was sound asleep (for me-I am a light sleeper). This is not the first time I stopped breathing in my sleep-just the first time it happened this way. I have had a couple of episodes of my throat closing due to drying out due to lack of saliva and weak swallow. Then, it took a few swallows to 'unstick' my throat...still, very unnerving.
I've researched this and found that the HUG is more than likely responsible. I've had a few bouts of this while awake-but it never stopped my breathing-it hurt to breathe; but that was it.
Aside from the HUG-the other possiblity is the autonomic nervous system has been affected. This is very likely a candidate given the problems that were initially at the onset of my MS; even when they couldn't find any lesions. Again, this is scary-however, I can't afford stressing over it and have decided to let God handle this too.
I have found myself a great habit of being happy despite myself; I have MS but it doesn't have me is corney to be sure-but it really helps me deal with all of the ups and downs of this stinking malady.
Everyone here knows how hard it is to have this invisible disease. Even your own family memebers 'forget' you have it; this 'disease' doesn't show itself to others as often as it does to us.
The only way I can cope with it is to just live in today and be happy. It is a choice-one that I've made and am happy about. No, it is not always easy-sometimes I cry-but not for long. I can hear Jesus speak to my heart and I can feel His Hand on my shoulder-that was a choice I made too.
I am interested in anyone's information on their own breathing issues and any ideas that they might have. I am, as always, hoping this helps someone the way all of you helped me when I needed it. Thanks guys!