Niki, it's scary when that happens! I can't imagine it when you're sleeping except for waking up like I have with GERD... then I've known what happened by the burning sensation.
I have issues with swallowing while eating, not choking unexpectedly (unless it's acid reflux at night but like Uppity suggested sleeping on two pillows plus having seen my doc on that, a prescript
ion has taken care of that for the most part. But when trying to eat, sometimes it's like my body forgets how to swallow or it gets caught in the in between point that hits the gag reflex if I'm not careful... I cope with it by chasing it with a small sip of beverage at that point. But it's freaky because no amount of trying to swallow will make it happen, it just stops until I begin to sip something then it automatically takes over. My husband has begun to recognize my "look" of "uh-oh, oh no" when it might not go well, because if I dont' get it down naturally it's a choking incident and he's ready to apply Heimlich (sometimes all too ready!
All in good fun!) I just take alot smaller bites, try to eat slower, chew longer etc... hoping it helps it all cooperate.
Not sure if that's helpful or not but like Uppity said, it's a doc call... when they did my GERD testing (Acid Reflux) they did an esophageal study and made sure there wasn't any blockage etc... it's well worth the peace of mind.
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