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

By 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 been having this problem for some years. My problem is that i have a misaligned vertebrate. I assume, when i lay down, it puts pressure to my insides and cause the pain. I know some people have said that is due to posture. Well, i dont think so. I tend to sit up right even while driving. I never drive with my sit tilted towards the back like most people do. I also, have noticed that when i fall asleep sitting in the bed or sofa, i dont feel any discomfort. The things is, while i sleep soundly in that position; it can bring other problems. Like, swelling in feet and spider veins.

April 22, 2018 - 9:01pm
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I also think it could be inflammation. I have Lupus and when I am in a flare & have inflammation, this is how I feel too. First I thought it was my bed and the way I was sleeping....because I feel it in my abdomen and lower back...

April 11, 2018 - 6:13am
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I am 45 200lbs and having the same pain when I wake up. I have COPD, asthma, CKD, fatty liver and about to get a stent in my liver. I have been thinking it has something to do with organ failure but not sure. I would like to know for sure. I have told my Dr but no answer as to what this is.

January 14, 2018 - 3:53am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon
If you are female, you may have enlarged/inflamed organs that are causing this feeling.
What has your life been like before all these diagnoses? Were you unhealthy or were these diagnoses due to other reasons?

January 15, 2018 - 11:54am
EmpowHER Guest

im 18 male 5'10 140lbs. I tend to sleep wrapped around a body pillow and the rare occasions I don't, I experience these symptoms overall to me it feels like my rib cage collapsed in the middle of the night.

October 21, 2017 - 10:41pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

IM a 16 year old male 135 5’10 and I get this a lot. It’s not unbearable but quite annoying. I generally fall asleep on my stomach but shift to either my back or side before waking up. Its worse if I stomach breathe though which is weird, I think. I hate pillows though and usually sleep without them so maybe this contributes to it for me.

November 27, 2017 - 12:59am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

After reading everyone else's comments and posts in the situation I noticed we all have relatively the same hight weight ratios maybe that could a factor.

October 23, 2017 - 12:15am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm female 5'1 and 122 pounds and i get this almost every morning and have for years. Recently, I've also been waking up nauseous and have extremely terrible acid reflux/heartburn. Shortness of breathe /tightness upper chest. and I had occasional trouble swallowing(this is the only thing that has pretty much stopped). I'm not pregnant. Its driving me insane. Got to a point I was vomiting every night for about 5 days. Last time I threw up I did so with a little bit of blood. Haven't been sick at night since. I still don't feel good though. I have an endoscopy appt but not until December 13th -_-

November 16, 2017 - 10:47am
EmpowHER Guest

I am 23, 5'6 and 140 pounds. I have been dealing with this for a couple of years now. First it started with dry heaving every morning and then the acid reflux began. Now every morning I wake up at around 6:30am and my abdomen hurts and my back and its pretty much my entire torso that hurts. Someone I know has the same issues and all blood tests and gluten allergy tests etc come back negative. A specialist refused to do a scope on me (camera in the stomach) because he thought I wasn't serious enough.I wake up constantly with acid reflux and its so painful I am actually making "hhhuuhhhhh" sounds and my boyfriend wakes up and has to get me gaviscon etc.

September 28, 2017 - 9:39am
EmpowHER Guest

I'm 47 and sleep on my side (don't really toss/turn). I have a good mattress. Whenever I wake (during night & mornings) I feel like all my organs have fallen to the side I slept on. My spine is stiff and it's hard to breathe. I feel like someone who has been in a bad car accident. It takes forever to go away. Most of the time I have to use my "tens unit" just to get some release. I have had deep tissue massages but nothing really stops it from happening. Any insight?

July 11, 2017 - 7:49am
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