I had that horribly b4 surgery...I couldn't sleep
most nights. Thankfully, after surgery it has got much better..I get it here and there but nothing like b4. I would almost describe it as breath holding..when I wake up I feel like I have to get the breath out first b4 I can get some in. Definitely mention this to your Dr...
Try finding a good neck position while
you are sleeping (I can always feel the pressure working up in my head in a bad position).