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Butterflies maybe
spencertracy2005 posted:
For about a year now I have been waking up with a sensation in my abdomen and chest that feels like really strong butterflies. It even takes my breath away sometimes. It is scary and I usually have to sit up before it goes away and my breathing is back to normal. I spend a lot of night sleeping in the recliner due to this. I have been to the Dr. and they are puzzled as well. It is driving me crazy.
Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
Did they suggest it might be due to anxiety, stress or panic? I think all of these need to be considered if everything medical has been ruled out.

You might try doing some relaxation breathing (we have this in our Tips column) and that may help.

Sorry I can't offer more, but I'm not an MD.

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