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Horrible gasping episodes

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 11:46 am
by Guest Posts
Occassionally (every few weeks) I wake up suddenly, really gasping for breath then lots of coughing. My GP says it's not sleep apnoea (phone consultation). I'm confused as it can be very frightening when it happens. I have progressive multiple sclerosis with reduced mobility; not a snorer and not overweight, consistently low blood pressure but have frequent episodes of racing and irregular pulse. I try to always sleep on my side. What can I do to relieve these horrible gasping episodes?

Many thanks for your help,


Re: Horrible gasping episodes

Posted: Thu May 28, 2020 8:04 am
by Dr Neil Stanley
Thank you for your question Rachel

This link gives a very good breakdown of the possible cause of gasping during the night, as you will see there are a number of different possible causes some of them more serious than others and it is imperative that you get your GP to make an accurate diagnosis.