Choking on Mucus due to Acid Reflux?

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ausgal
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   Posted 9/14/2012 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Hi, I am new here and I can't say how glad I am to find other people who could be in the same boat as me. Back in Dec 2011 I woke and I had to keep clearing my throat. I just thought that I was getting sick (a cold), since it was the week before christmas I just went to the 24 hour medical to see if I could get some antibiotics to prevent me from being sick over the christmas period. I described my symptoms to the doctor, he said it was sinus and then only a few minutes later he changed his mind and said that it was reflux. Because he had changed his mind I think I doubted him and never took the meds I was meant to. A couple of days later I went to my own doctor and he said it was sinus and gave me some antibiotics. I accepted that as I do suffer from sinus yearly. Over christmas I had to keep clearing my throat or coughing up mucus and spitting it out. Then between christmas and new year I woke up early to go to work one morning and I coughed and started to choke a little on my mucus. I never really thought much of it. Either that night or the next night I ended up calling out the dial a doctor just to find out what was going on. After telling him everything he said he thought I had whooping cough as it was going around. I really didn't think I did. Just a couple of days before the new year, I got to where I couldn't cough up the mucus anymore. The morning of 31st December, I woke up and if I remember correctly I had to try and cough to clear the mucus, but I started choking. I had a really hard time getting my breath back and my partner called the ambulance. They came and took me to hospital, the doc there really wasn't that interested, he told me he thought it was just sinus. I was discharged a couple of hours later, the next day again I had two small choking episodes. This time they were in front of my friend. She said it sounds like when I am choking that I gulp air as afterwards I burp heaps. When I choke I don't keep coughing until I get my breath back, I freak out and panic and gasp and gasp for air. Anyway the next week things went on, on the Thursday I woke up and had another small choking episode, so my partner took me to the hospital, this doctor again made me feel like he thought I was just overreacting, he said it was just sinus. Then two days later I woke up really early on the saturday morning, like at 1 am , I told my partner that I had a lot of mucus in the bottom of my throat that I felt I needed to clear but if I did I would start choking, so I drank some water trying to wash the mucus down, but in the end I had to cough and that was it, it set me off. I couldn't get a breath through my nose or my mouth. I had a really hard time trying to get my breath, then I started coughing like my body was trying to throw up, but nothing happened. My partner called the ambulance, it was going to be a bit of a wait, so the ambulance dispatcher actually called us back and stayed on the phone to my partner until the ambulance arrived. He asked my partner are we sure that I am not choking on something, as it sounds like something was lodged in my throat, but it wasn't. I got my breath back and then the ambulance arrived, when he arrived I started to choke again and then brought up some mucus. He was great, he suggested it might be a laryngospasm or something where my larynx closes over. At the hospital I got a nice doctor, she listened to everything I had to say, she told me that something is obviously causing it. She sent me for a throat xray and also a chst xray, they all came back clear. She told me she thought that I had acid reflux. She gave me a prescription for nexium and sent me home. I started taking the nexium twice a day and from then on I was ok. Then in April I got the mucus in the throat again and I started to absolutely freak out, but it was actually sinus that time. It went away after a while. Every now and then I will have flare ups where I get mucus in my throat, it feels more like it is up the top of my throat, I clear it and after a few weeks it goes away. I've been really good for about 8 weeks, I haven't stressed about reflux or anything at all. Anyway this week I just started to feel funny. I just feel kind of a bit upset/sad, I am not sure what that is about I am usually a really happy person. But yesterday afternoon I woke up after an afternoon nap and have been clearing my throat a bit. I think it is more at the back of my nose/throat, not really down the bottom where it was when I was diagnosed with reflux, but of course I am back to freaking out wondering if it is the reflux. I am probably being really stupid, but I am just so scared of the choking. I have been told by another doctor to go and get my thyroids checked out. A friend has also suggested getting checked for candida. I think whenever the mucus starts in my throat I am always stressed. There always seems to be a lot of stress in my life at the time. I am one of these pple that can't let stress go and can't let things go easily. I don't really know what I am looking for on this forum. I am not sure if I just needed to vent to people or if I am wanting people to give me their input.

Pat Fill
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   Posted 9/14/2012 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
http://www.fauquierent.net/nonacidreflux.htm

Ausgal This article tells you about upper air way reflux. Hope it will help give you some answers to the symptoms you are experiencing. Im sorry that you are feeling bad. This forum has helped so many Wish you the best in getting this resolved. Sincerely, Bumper.

Pat Fill
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   Posted 9/14/2012 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
http://www.fauquierent.net/phlegmymucusthroat.htm

Mucus in the throat

couchtater
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   Posted 9/14/2012 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
You sound just like me before surgery.
I was choking on mucus all of the time.
If your current dose of medicine isn't helping you may need a stronger dose or consider the surgery.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

ausgal
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   Posted 9/14/2012 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Thanks for your answers, couchtater what surgery did you have if you don't mind me asking?

couchtater
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   Posted 9/15/2012 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the nissen fundoplication for GERD.

They take the floppy top part of your stomach and wrap it around your esophagus to strengthen your weak LES. They have several different methods of wrapping depending on how severe your GERD is and if you have any swallowing problems.
There's the 360-it's like a bun (the stomach) surrounding the hot dog (the esophagus).
The 270-like wrapping a pants leg around your ankle (I had this).
The 180-partially wrapped bun on hot dog.
The TIF- done down the throat and they staple the stomach up to the esophagus creating a new LES.
The Links- they place a magnectic bracelet around your esophagus. It's the newest method.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

JustWantToLiveMyLife
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   Posted 9/17/2012 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had that for some time. At first I blamed my allergies which I have had my whole life and now I realize the 2 are tied together. Elevating the bed helps. Sometimes I take a little alcohol free Robitussin DM and that seems to help me at night. Sometimes the choking is so bad I can't sleep.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 9/17/2012 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the Forum! You may want to change diet and lifestyle , that may help! You typically want to avoid acidic foods (citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers etc) fried foods, high fat foods, chocolate, caffine, carbonated beverages, spicy food, and for some, wheat. Try to stick with fruits and veggies that are non acidic (brococcli, string b eans, carrots, peas, lettuce, bananas, melons) and lean protein (fish, chicken, turkey and extra lean beef). I also eat potatoes, brown rice and gluten free pasta. I avoid dairy and I have found non dairy ice cream that is really really good, made from soy milk or almond milk. dont eat late at night, drink a lot of water, chew non mint gum and sleep elevated. These are just a few things that may help you.
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 9/17/2012 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
You also should cut down or elimiate alcohol and smoking as they can also lead to issues. I am able to tolerate cocnut rum in water, but only occasionally.
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)

daisy1a
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   Posted 9/28/2013 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello augsal,
 
I hope you get this reply.  I can relate to the spasms and believe that mine are caused by virus (mucus) and maybe a hint of acid reflux.
 
Have you been able to keep yours under control?
 
I have been having fear and despair as a result of the spasms, not being able to breath, etc.
 
Thanks!
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