I regularly have a coughing fit that causes me to choke. It's very embarassing when it happens and is quite frightening too when I can't get my breath. Feels a bit like when your swimming and you swallow some water. I have just moved countries and am about to go back to the doctor and hope I can resolve the problem which I have had for 3 and half years.
Do you have other symptoms?
Hi Lora---I'm new here (From "Bipolar")----but---a few weeks ago, woke up in middle of nite choking, coughing, felt like my throat was closing up!!! Ran into my wife's room & tried to gesture to call 911. Finally, it cleared up. Thought i was gonna DIE!!! Next day--went to see my ENT Dr. He said, I probably had a spasm of larnyx due to acid reflux . I take Protonix. So GLAD i found this "forum" (GERD)----Gosh---i didn't know what the heck it was!!!
Tell me---right before my "attack"---I took a swig of lemon/water, i keep by my bed. But, I did NOT drink---sitting up. I think the water came up during reflux---& i woke up FELT LIKE I WAS DROWNING!!!
Anyone else EVER have anytging like this??? My ENT Dr. said to take an extra protonix pill. I CANNOT sleep with elevated pillow.
Anyway---again---so GLAD i found this!!! PLEASE---get back with anything similar----ANY suggestions??? Thanks---Robert
I’m not sure that what you describe is the same as mine but here goes:
The very frightening choking was my first symptom after several months of coughing. I had it intermittently for about two weeks until I learned the trick of exhaling. I had spasms that came on suddenly so that I could not catch my breath. My instinct was to stay very very calm and inhale. Wrong! The solution is to concentrate on exhaling. I forget the exact mechanism (I’m sure its on the links) but the vocal cords get going the wrong way blocking the air passage. Exhaling gets them back into the correct position. But don’t worry about dying of this, you would pass out first and breathing would automatically restart.
I'm new to this, but as I look through I feel a little better knowing my father isn't the only one suffering from this. My father has had reflux issues for many years. He had a fundoplication (not sure on the spelling) 4 years back and has been taking Nexium for a few years.
All of a sudden, last week, he woke up at 5am with a choking sensation. Its ridiculously scary, and has happend 3 times since. My mom freaks out, so I'm the only one really there to help. Anyone have an idea of whats going on? We have been to the doctor, but the extra nexium and low carb diet only work so much.
It only happens early in the morning, and only describes it as if he's choking. Please help.
You may want to know that Ranitidine is not a generic Prilosec. I believe it's Tagamet and they are not the same drugs, nor do they work alike.
Best wishes, PDG
Welcome to HealingWell. I am glad you found us and you will find the members warm and caring and very knowledgeable.
I have woke up with the coughing spells but once the coughing spells stopped I was ok.
I do wake up with regurge and that is nasty. It is like you vomit in your sleep and you cough on it...............I always turn on my side so I do not aspirate the contents into my lungs.
I do sleep on a bed with the head raised and I take prilosec.
I think you may need to revisit your physician if you have this happen frequently.
Again a warm welcome
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Hi, I guess I'm a forum jumper....ha ha. No, I usually can be found at the Chronic Pain site....But since I have GERD also I thought I'd check it out....
Several years ago I had one of those 24 hr. PH tests done...That was as much fun as having a stick poked through my eye..Somehow the tube that was in my nose came out with a big knot in the end...no wonder it hurt every time I swallowed... Anyway, after having the colonoscopy and endoscopy done the Dr. said that my lower esophageal sphincter didn't work and I had a Hiadel hernia (sp). They said something about a stomach wrap surgery??? And they removed 3 polyps while they were in there.
I wake up at least 4 times a week choking, gasping for air, and swallowing over and over again until it subsides....I have never been so scared. I thought I was dying.
Has anyone heard of this stomach wrap stuff? Any info would be great..
Edit: Hey there, I started you a thread of your own . Just look for a topic with your name in it.
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/20/2009 7:33:34 AM (GMT-6)