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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 sleep on my side and when I wake up it feels as if all my organs had shifted to the side I was laying on and is rolling back into place and its quite painful I am 23 5'4 120. The pain goes away about 10-15 min later and I always forget to mention this to my doctor.

March 31, 2010 - 7:22am

I still haven't figured out what might be causing this, but it's good to know that I'm not alone! Thanks! If anyone figures anything out, please let us know!

March 30, 2010 - 11:45am

I have a feeling sometimes on waking that someone has been crushing me. I feel achy around the rib cage which doesn't last too long, but I wondered why.

March 30, 2010 - 12:51am
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I have this too ! not every morning but alot of the time. I too, forget to tell my doctor everything I go. I am a female, 21yrs, 5'1", and 120lbs. Let me know if you ever found out what it was.

February 22, 2010 - 11:06pm

Thanks for the additional information! I will see what information I can find for you, and either myself or a medical expert will get back to you as soon as possible.

December 6, 2009 - 4:01pm

Whoa lotsa helpful stuff, thanks!
Okay so the feeling isn't precisely painful, but I can tell that it's not right. It's like they (the soft tissue around my intestines, up into my lower abdomen) have been squeezed, and are almost regaining their proper shape after I wake up. I don't know if I have sleep apnea, although I have a few of those symptoms. I thought that perhaps not breathing properly while sleeping could cause some sort of "collapse"... I don't know really! Just trying to come up with ideas.
This "crushing" happens just about every morning, regardless of season or other environmental effects. I think it's been happening for a good few years now, say 3-4. I've just learned to ignore it, and it's one of those things I forget to tell my doctor. I have very good access to proper healthcare and a relatively good doctor, so I'll bring this up next time I see her.
I did have asthma as a younger child, but when I began having these new problems one doctor told me I was "misdiagnosed", and another told me I no longer had asthma. I underwent a lot of tests, but due to moving house and some other issues, my breathing problems have never been resolved. My parents blame it ("forgetting" to breathe during the day, having to take very deep breaths all of a sudden) on stress, but I experience these symptoms even when I'm most comfortable (i.e. with my boyfriend, on vacation at the beach, reading a book, etc.) I'm just thinking that if I forget to breathe during the day and I consciously realize it, I might stop breathing during the night, and then be holding my breath, causing some sort of "crushing". I don't know if that makes any sense!!
Thanks for your feedback.

December 6, 2009 - 2:38pm
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Anonymous (reply to lunalovegoodlvr)

I also have the same condition...crushing and on fire with a lack of air in my lungs about 5 or 6 in the morning...infact Ive decided to see my doctor about this ...I'm worried that its the start of internal organ falure.

November 7, 2011 - 11:58pm

I think I need more information, as I'm not quite sure the physical sensation(s) you are experiencing. You mentioned that you wake up with the feeling of your organs being crushed, which I would associate with pain, but you did not mention "pain", just that you have breathing problems and are wondering if it is sleep apnea due to breathing slow?

Can you describe where in your body your organs are feeling "crushed" (you mentioned that it is not a full bladder...is it your bladder that hurts?). You also mentioned your breathing problems...is it your lungs that hurt?

There are different types of pain, discomfort or not "feeling quite right", and if you could describe what "crushing" you are feeling: tightness, pounding, squeezing, pulsating, stabbing pain, aching, dull pain. Also, where exactly you feel the "crushing", and if it happens every night, is it seasonal, etc.

What makes you think that your organs feeling crushed would be sleep apnea? The symptoms of sleep apnea include:
* Fatigue and sleepiness during waking hours
* Loud snoring
* Breathing that stops during the night (noticed by the partner)
* Repeated wakening at night
* Unrefreshing sleep
* Morning headaches
* Poor concentration or problems with memory
* Irritability or short temper

You also mentioned that you were misdiagnosed with asthma (you may have had asthma at some point, and it could have resolved itself or been seasonal---as it is a generic term for inflammation of the bronchial tubes---asthma is not always chronic), but that you were re-diagnosed...with what?

Hope to hear back from you soon!

December 6, 2009 - 1:57pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Hi Alison you sound very knowledgeable in the medical field. I've been a medical assistant for 17 years. I have no explanation for what is going on with me, and I was wondering if you could help me.? I always call it "The spine crushing feeling " When I open my eyes and I go to move it feels as if I move one muscle my entire insides are going to crumble my spine is going to crumble. I believe it has more to do with the skeletal system the low back and mid back. When I wake up when I after going to the bathroom it seems to relieve some of the pain but it usually lasts hours and hours. I have not slept in a bed for over five years I don't get this feeling on the couch but if I sleep in a bed any bed it happens. I even bought a sleep number bed so I can change the firmness of the bed . That hasn't helped either. Now I'm starting to get it from sleepingon my couch . I'm terrified I don't know where I'm going to be able to sleep anymore. I would be interested in anything you could offer as assistance.
Thank you very much ! PS I sleep fine during the night it's just when I wake up that it feels like my entire spine is going to crumble if I move one muscle. Thanks Christine

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