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  • sleeping question

    hi all, i've been reading the forums for a while now, but have finally registered so i can post.

    i haven't had any surgery, we are trying hard to treat my HCM medically. i do notice some symptoms still on a daily basis, but they're much better than they've been, so i believe the meds are helping.

    my question is around sleep. i am keenly aware of my heart beat - feeling and hearing it - when trying to sleep. if i try to sleep on my left side - even rolling over to the left while mostly still asleep, it seems like i get wicked palps and tachycardia feelings that, for lack of a better word, do almost feel like they could be a panic attack. however, they seem to resolve if i roll back to my right.

    any one else experiencing this? any solutions people have found? i am starting to be really uncomfortable on my right side - shoulder problems - and can't sleep on my back at all, so often end up on my stomach, but that too is somewhat prone to trigger that oh-so-familiar pounding heart.

    i am starting to feel like a crazy person because even spending 10 hours in bed, i don't feel rested!

    thanks in advance for any insight/advice.

    --greta

    ps: i did read lisa's old post about memory foam, and already have a tempurpedic - which has helped, but not enough!
    Last edited by ishtardnce; 10-26-2008, 08:54 PM. Reason: added additional information

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    Re: sleeping question

    Hi, While in ICU for about a month I was forced to sleep on my back due to all the wires and heart monitor. I used to sleep on my side or stomach so it was very hard to get used to. I then had an ICD put in so I had to sleep on my back until it healed some. I can now sleep on my right hand side or back but it hurts to try the left side or stomach.

    Maybe you could try sleeping on your back but while sitting up a bit like in a recliner.

    I also feel every beat but there is nothing that can be done about it. I hate the PVCs that I get as they make it harder to sleep as I can feel them all.

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      Re: sleeping question

      thanks for your response doug. it does help to know i'm not alone in this strange world of feeling every beat - especially at night! i hope the implant is helping you.

      --greta

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        Re: sleeping question

        Many of us can't sleep on our left sides. I haven't been able to for ages. I sleep on two, sometimes three pillows and this helps me stay on my back instead of my stomach. I tend to end up on my right side most of the time.

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