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    anyone else experiencing this?
    An_249081 posted:
    I am a soon to be 51yr old female. For at least 20 years now I have experienced some time of sleep disorder and I am hoping that someone may be able to shed some light on it. I am sound asleep when suddenly I am awaked because I am convinced that I swallowed something. I can actually feel the object going down my throat or in my stomach. It takes a few minutes but I often find myself over the sink trying to dislodge "it". Then I kind of snap out of it. I am left with my heart beating out of my chest. It happens several times a week now and is causing me to feel depressed because I have no answers and anyone that I ve shared it with just looks at me like I am nuts. Surely there is a doctor that has heard of this and can explain what it is. Please respond only if you are currently going thru this yourself or you have a legitimate answer. (I've seen some very strange comments and /or folks offering dream interpretations) I am hoping for a medical answer to this problem. Thanks.
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi and welcome,

    Please understand that there are no health professionals posting here. Hopefully some of our members will have some ideas for you but I'm wondering whether you've discussed this with your doctor and/or had a sleep study done? 20 years of this is enough and I hope you get some answers soon.
    An_248704 responded:
    I recommend you look at your whole day and attempt to figure out what is triggering this specific dream. But, I would keep a journal and talk to a sleep specialist, also look up Narcolepsy and its symptoms. It is a disorder that is connected to REM sleep which is your dream state. I hope you find the help you are seeking.

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