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When I wake up it feels like my organs are being/have been crushed...?

By lunalovegoodlvr December 6, 2009 - 9:44am
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This happens just about every morning, but the sensation only lasts for about 10-30 minutes after I wake up, or until I forget about it. I'm 18, 5'9" and weigh ~140 pounds. I've been known to have breathing problems (asthma in the past, I took medication for it, then I began to have new breathing problems, they rediagnosed me as MISdiagnosed, took me off the asthma medication, and now I'm not on anything but my symptoms have decreased). Also, it doesn't seem to be a full bladder problem, as I go to the bathroom just before bed, and don't really have to go when I wake up. I generally sleep on my side, but my sleeping positions really vary (I never sleep on my stomach, though). I just thought it was some form of sleep apnea, because my mom used to say that I would breathe very slowly in my sleep. What do you all think?

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I have this problem too. I often wake up with what feels like stabbing pains in my sides. I'm 14 and perfectly healthy. I've never had any serious work done on my teeth either. I don't think I have sleep apnea-I'm a cross country runner and have been told that my heart and lungs are incredibly strong for my age. Could it still be sleep apnea?

August 16, 2015 - 7:09am
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I know this pain all too well and have searched online for, what feels like, forever to find a solution.

Turns out, I found it on my own !

After waking up in the middle of the night with (unrelated) insane pain in my upper back, between my shoulder blades, I sat up and after being unable to crack my back, I put my hands on the back of my head and tilted my head downwards, holding my chin very close to my chest, but not touching -- stretching my back muscles, until my back loosened up.

Woke up the next morning without the pain that makes my organs feel as though they've been crushed from within.

Tested my hypothesis and after stretching my back, by tilting my head down with the slight pressure of the weight of my hands on top, I would wake up with zero pains in my "organs." Nights I didn't stretch before bed, I'd wake with those pains. If I stretched during the day a few times, it'd also help and I'd wake with no pains without stretching my back/neck before bed.

So here's exactly what to do:
Sit either straight up or with legs bent and use them as arm rests
Place hands (I usually interlock my fingers) on the back of your head
Tilt head downwards towards your chest
Just sit like that and you can feel everything stretching out
No need to apply any extra pressure, other than just the weight of your hands, but you can apply a small amount of pressure, just don't hurt yourself !!

Simple solution yet a difficult find ! I'm so glad I found this out, it has literally changed my life. I dreaded waking up with those pains and now, I don't worry. I hope this helps some, if not all, if you !!!

June 15, 2015 - 8:49pm
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I have been suffering this for a few years and have no idea what causes it. However, recently I discovered that when I drink a cup of hot water, the pain and discomfort goes away very quickly, often within two minutes.

December 17, 2014 - 2:21am
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If you have ever had work done on your teeth it very well could be the problem . I my self am 37 and the past 6 years found my self getting worse from them( root canale) if a tooth is bad it should come out plane and simple. Unless you can get ozone injected in it. Ower body will reject anything foreign. Maybe you wont experience anything right away but when your amune system gets tired you will.

November 10, 2014 - 7:13pm
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I was born with three bizzare diseases but I've been feeling like my insides and organs are squished and almost bleeding and it's not a symptom of any of my autoimmune diseases or my neurological disorder which causes nerve pain. I'm 19 and 4'11 and 110 pounds and it's been getting worse and worse to the point where I haven't slept in two weeks. Honestly I don't think it's good to try and self diagnose from everything I've learned being in and out of hospitals my whole life. I would defiantly make a doctors appointment I'm going on for the same weird symptoms today actually

August 2, 2014 - 4:00am
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If any of you are females I have two thoughts for you one is focal nodular hyperplasia and adenomas both cause by birth control..read up on them and see if they fit I have fnh and I am in constant pain even in the morning when I wake

August 3, 2013 - 8:20pm
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I. Wake up with icredible pain sensation that my organs are squished or so incredibly swollen. It makes me feel like I cannot go on. Not only that but my bones hurt also. My ribcage shoulders and legs. My face swells. Slightly enough I can notice. Through the years I have had fibromyalgia but I ve always told them I feel it has something to do with my spine. I've been tested for lupus I have elevated RH factor however not enough inflammation . Which I am not sure how much is enough.? Its hard to do anything!

April 3, 2012 - 8:28am
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The problems you are experiencing sound like a combination of Sleep Apnea (stop breathing), hypopnea (shallow breathing) and Dysfunctional Breathing Disorder (breathing too much) while alseep.

The Apnea may not be severe enough to be classified as Sleep Apnea, so you may not be offered the treatment that you deserve.

Hypopnea is also seldom reconized, so, in order to ascertain that this is the possible cause, you will need to get your self to a top sleep clinic.

If you cant afford this, consider buying yourself a Contec Sleep Study Device that measures your pulse/oxygen saturation and nasal air flow. This should go a long way in obtaining a correct diagnosis (in a world full of questionable medical professionals).

It is also possible to rent fairly good polysomography sleep study equipment, that you can use for several days before returning.
Doing so will be more cost effective than going in for a single sleep study.

If you have dysfunctional breathing syndrome/asthma, it may be worth buying a frolov breathing retraining device.
I have recently discovered, which looks promising.
I could not tell you how effective this device is. the inventor says that it is 100% effective.

I too think I am suffering from all 3 conditions,
I wake up on a daily basis, feeling like my insides have been used as a punch bag and my spinal collumn feels like it has been pulled out through my nose and shoved back in.

Apparently these feelings are caused by a desaturation in oxygen and a deficiency in CO2 caused by over breathing (hyperventilating) caused by dysfunctional breathing.

The frolov device is supposed to retrain the way that we breath, so that we breath in a more balanced way.

March 24, 2012 - 11:19pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I agree. I absolutely think that it is sleep apnea. I am recently diagnosed. I slept with a CPAP machine for a while and forgot all about this pain. I stopped using my CPAP about a month ago (unresolved issues) but again I am waking up every day feeling like my ribcage and spine feel like they have just been beaten and my organs feel absolutely crushed. WOW. Really makes perfect sense.

June 16, 2015 - 8:17am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Sorry, forgot to mention.
As well as the frolov retraining device.
You should be able to get a good sleep technichian / doctor to prescribe for you an APAP machine, which will assist you in your breathing while a sleep.

The combination of both these devices, should cure your sleep problems.
Good Luck

March 24, 2012 - 11:22pm
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