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My husband wakes up with strong tremors that sometimes last all day. He is thirsty, short of breath, and weak. What could this be!?
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Most of the time my husband has trouble sleeping, but he breathes normally (no apnea) while sleeping. He wakes up frequently and tosses and turns, but in the morning, he sometimes has a TERRIBLE tremor that makes it impossible for him to feed himself and do other tasks. These episodes frequently come on with shortness of breath, weakness, and occasionally heart palpitations/fluttering feeling. We can't pinpoint any specific trigger (food, environmental, emotional, or otherwise) that seems to cause this. He is in his 40s and works in construction so this is taking a major toll on his life and livelihood. There are many days where the tremor and weakness do not go away and he is unable to perform his work. Also, for most of his life, he has had extreme thirst--he drinks gallons of water on a normal day--more so in hot weather. He suffered heat exhaustion as a child and he's always assumed his thirst was linked to that episode. We've been to several doctors and they've tested his thyroid hormones (normal), blood pressure (normal), and say it is anxiety. But he doesn't feel anxious and SSRIs made his symptoms worse. Sometimes, drinking a glass of milk before bed will help, but we're not even sure why! Does anyone else have these symptoms? Does anyone know what it might be? It's been getting worse through the past several years and he's not sure how much longer he can do the work he loves. Please help us!