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bk in nj
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   Posted 12/8/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi. I too have been suffering with GERD and LPR for about two years. It affects me mostly at night and wakes me up constantly. I have been to sleep specialists and also diagnosed with sleep apnea. Does anyone else have a combination of these 2 illnesses? The sleep apnea is worse on nights when I eat dinner late or have had a heavy meal. I had to figure all of this out for myself as the doctors don't seem to see a connection between the 2.

When I have reflux at night, it kicks up into my throat. I wake up with an extremely dry,sticky mouth and have concluded that when i have reflux, my windpipe closes to prevent the acid from going into my lungs and because I have sleep apnea, the muscles in my throat relax and the stickiness causes me to stop breathing for a bit.

This may sound strange but I need to get some answers. I am considering talking to my doctor about the Esophx procedure to stop the GERD. I don't want to go thru surgery and this is a minor procedure. Any suggestions?

 


Karly
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   Posted 12/20/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there - It is such a relief to know that there is a name for what happened to me last night. about an hour after going to bed, I woke choking with my throat burning. I didn't want to cough as it made it feel worse somehow. I took a Rennie but it didn't help. My husband also got some fizzie ant-acid which seemed to help better. It felt like I had acid in my windpipe - man it hurt. Then I started spitting up blood. I forced myself not to panic - just told myself it would pass and I just had to wait. I started to shake uncontrollably but that was probably just the shock. Now I feel a mild burning in my stomach, chest and the back of my throat. I don't know if I should go to the doctors or not. I sat up for ages, then when I went back to bed I lay propped on a couple of pillows and it didn't happen again. I'll take the great advice offered in this thread regarding not eating too close to bedtime and eating low-carb.
By the way, I have woken choking a three times in the last 4 years but never with the burning and the blood.
 
Regards
Karly

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   Posted 12/21/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   

bk in nj

Welcome to the GERD Forum. Have you ever had a sleep apnea study and do you use a bi-pap?

I agree with you, make that appointment to see your physician and discuss your concerns with him.  Your concerns are very real.

Again a warm welcome.

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   Posted 12/21/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Karly

Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn forum.

I am sorry you had this nasty issue but I am wondering when was the last time you saw a GI physician.  IMHO I think you should follow up as it will confirm what is going on as well as the blood is new for you.

I have regurge if I eat ice cream in the afternoon, I will start to feel my stomach start to act up.  I have woke up choking so bad I thought I was going to have an emesis before gettting to the bathroom.

I am a firm believer in not eating  before bed time.  I try not to eat anything after 8:00 PM if I am going to bed at midnight.

Again, welcome to HW.

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Norwegian Blue
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   Posted 12/23/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Burning acid choking suffocating - just happened to me an hour ago.
 
I must say I was was very reassured to find comments here on choking;  good to know that I may pass out but won't die wink
 
Part of my problem is i think, that I have to lie on my stomach ie face down, because of a problem with vertigo, ( which can also be very unpleasant) which gets triggered when i lie or sleep  on my back.
 
So i suppose it may be a toss up between vertigo or choking on burning acid! some choice!!
 
there seems to be plenty of good advice on the web, so I know what I should do, and surely I can make a few lifestyle cahnges to avoid it.
 
Any thoughts or ideas welcome.
 
Thanks for sharing Karly, K9 and others - its good to know that others have suffered the same thing too - LOL
 
 
 
 

oldladyovernight
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   Posted 1/15/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello.  I am new to the forums and feel very comforted that I am not alone.  A little background on me:  I have asthma, but it also turns out I have nasal polyps, many nasal polyps, and this is probably why I have the asthma.  A few weeks ago, despite my asthma medicine, I've been coughing and coughing.  It feels and sounds like phlegm, but my allergist thinks its reflux.  This week I experienced three scary fits where I coughed and was gasping for air. I used my inhaler because I thought it was asthma, but now I think if I had just been taking Prilosec, maybe I could have prevented this.  I am very confused because it's hard to tell the difference between an asthma attack and reflux attack.  When I have had my recent attacks, which have also taken place in public during the day and are quite embarrassing, I've also felt like I was almost going to vomit.  I'm getting sinus surgery next month and do you think this will help?  My doc says it's all related.  In the meantime, do you think Prilosec will provide relief?  I'm not even 30 years old, so this is all very hard for me to accept.  THanks for any advice.

CordeliaGray
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   Posted 1/15/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi There Oldladyovernight,

The prilosec should help. I have the same problem.  A few things also will help. First a wedge pillow. This will raise your head and your torso, This will help prevent the acid from coming up, gravity doing its  job.  Second , dont eat at least 2 hours before bedtime. I dont know when you take the prilosec, but I'm on Zegerid, and I take it before bedtime. Its made a big difference. Also check for possible allergens. The allergens can cause nasal drip, which the stomach interprets as food, and thus creating more acid. I was told by my internist that a epi-pen may help in severe cases. He heard it from an paramedic.

Take Care,

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Bobbyg
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   Posted 2/22/2009 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Everyone,

I just found this site and I must say, it is extremely helpful. My situation is that Ive had Gerd for a few years. I didint realize how much of a problem it is. I have chocked twice and I did not like it. I felt like I was going pass out and die. I am currently taking protonix which is the only medication that has worked for me. I have placed 2x4 under my bed and I sleep on my side. I try to eat better, cutting of coffee and spicy foods. These changes have helped but I am still suffering from Gerd. Lately, I felt like I have "flem" in my chest but cant get rid of it. The weird part is that I dont have a cough.

Has anyone experienced tightness of the chest and flem inside of their lungs after a chocking attack? If so, have you done about it?

Thanks,

Bobby


stkitt
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   Posted 2/22/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Bobbyg
 
Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD and Heartburn Forum.  I am so glad you found us and yes I have seen other members post that sx. Have you been seen by a pysician?  If not I would start with a good physical by your PCP and find out just how serious your sx are.

Please stick with us and know we care and are here to support you.
Again a warm welcome
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/25/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello and thank you for your opinion and Mg++ is very important for many reasons and if you have found it helpful for you I am glad to hear that.

Your site does have one link, as you have a fair amount of inline links on your web, that leads to the sales of Mg++ however it does not appear that you are the owner of the company so I will allow your info to remain in the forum.

Again thank you for sharing.

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janmar1234
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   Posted 4/2/2009 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   

When I was 35Y/O I remember taking  Darvon Compound for pain.  It was a capsule enclosing a yellow powder and even after 20-30 minutes if I burped, the yellow powder would come up and out my mouth. Over the years I occasionally mentioned it to the MD's who showed no concern.  I soon started having a chronic cough and after a few years was treated for asthma with medications and allergy shots with very little success.

about 10-12 Y/A the medical world decided that we could have GERD even if the ONLY symptom was a chronic cough.  I did the tests (Upper Endoscopy) and it was definitive.  They also labeled me with Barrett's Esophogus which is where the gastric cells creep up into the lower part of the esophogus where they don't belong.  It is a precursor to cancer but only in 2% of people with Barrett's develop it.  I was already on Advair 500/50,  amd singulair so they added protonix and axid.  By the way, my current G.I doctor listened to me about the Darvon and said what I knew all along.......I had GERD for a long, long time

I elevated the entire top of my bed with 6 inch blocks (pillow under the head doesn't get the right angle) and did fairly well except that I still have the cough from the GERD but because of the meds the Barrett's is in remission.

I, too, have had a few episodes of being unable to breathe........HORRIBLE could only exhale but couldn't inhale for about 15 seconds.  Glad to hear that I'm not the only one.

Anyway, I am now reading about a noninvasive(no surgical cutting) procedure done under anesthesia called the EsophyX which was first done in the University of Pittsburgh Sept 2008 where they actually form a new valve to "cure" GERD in a high percentage of patients.  It is better than the other procedure in that it can be done the same day or one overnight and the advantage is that it is reversible if for any reason that's necessary.  Sorry this is so long  but it's nice to know many others are in the same boat.


percycat
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   Posted 4/2/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, janmar, and welcome.

I'm glad your Barrett's is in remission, and that you're doing all right symptom-wise for the most part. It amazes me how different our stories can be and yet we all have the same underlying condition. I get the shortness of breath and throat tightening (probably the UES trying to do its thing), but no heartburn or esophageal symptoms. I was diagnosed with LPR a year ago.

We do have a thread for new members to introduce themselves. Other members might find you more easily if you also give a little shout-out on that one as well. The sense of not being alone with our health issues is one of the biggest benefits of the forum, in my opinion.

Again, welcome to HealingWell.

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lindaluz
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   Posted 6/25/2009 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi I am new to the forum.   I have suffered from acid reflux desease since i was 9.

I am not always able to afford my prescriptions and I am so addicted devil to sweets (sugar causes MORE acid reflux)

So i am no stranger to feeling like i am going to die from choking from acid reflux so I make sure I always have Tums near me (kitchen, bedroom,purse, car etc.)  When acid comes up I remain calm and chew 3 to 4 tums quickly. I know it feels like you can't swallow at first but the quicker you break them up and swallow the quicker you feel relief. Bread or bananas help absorb the acid too. Make sure you dont go to long without eating either because that causes acids to build up in your stomach. when my stomachs at it's worst i eat a few Tums before going to bed.
 
But of course this is only emergency relief. You need see your physician for the best solution.  turn

BlackNGoldRules
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   Posted 7/20/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I am glad I found this forum! I can see I am certainly not alone with this problem! Just last night, I woke up in the middle of the night choking on acid and couldn't breathe. This has happened to me before unfortunately. I ate some apple pie pretty late at night so I'm thinking it hadn't digested yet. Well, I scared the crap out of my wife and she almost called 911. I was waving my hand at her (since I couldn't talk at the time) not to, since I knew it would work itself out like it has the other times. It's pretty scary though to wake up like that. I went to the drug store and bought some prilosec today. We'll see how much that helps me. I'm glad to see that I'm at least not alone in this because it almost feels like you're having some sort of asthma attack when this happens. But, I know it's the acid getting up into my throat and windpipe because I can taste it and feel it. Anyway, thanks to the people who run this forum.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartrbrun Forum.

I am so glad you found us and I know you are going to find tons of information here that will help you understand GERD and the many treatment options.
 
Please do feel comfortable starting a thread of your own.   :-)  
 
If you click on the following link you will find general information that may help you:
 

Support groups are a place for people to give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information. People with health conditions, as well as their friends and families find support groups to be a valuable resource and get confirmation that their feelings are "normal", educate others, or just let off steam. IMHO joining a support group is joining a family.  Welcome to the GERD/Heartburn Family.
 
Kitt

 



 

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   Posted 7/20/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
BK IN NJ,
My doctor told me my asthma was aggrevated by my GERD. I also have sleep apnea. Believe it or not my CPAP actually keeps the acid down at night so I'm not bothered alot when I lay down. smurf
 
Joy yeah

Bubbles 71
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   Posted 11/30/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...I just stumbled across this forum,and its been interesting reading everyones stories.Seems now that I'm not alone at least!.I have suffered with this waking up and choking on acid thing since I was 30 and I'm now 45.Exactly the same symptoms as you describe too Black'n'Gold!...and it sure scared my wife too..One thing I have worked out is that alcohol and spicy food seems to really aggravate it,and as a result I now avoid them..Have not had a reoccurance since

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   Posted 11/30/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
 
I am glad to hear you have had success with cutting out the trigger foods that were causing your reflux.
 
Also welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartbrun Forum.  The members are very wise and supportive.
 
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ElaineW
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   Posted 12/18/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Worst feeling EVER!  Scary -- you wake up (always from a deep, deep sleep) and can't breathe. As another poster said, you have to exhale.  I let out a scream and then I can start to breathe again.  The next thing to deal with is the stomach acid in the throat.  And sometimes, soiled pillowcases (yuck!).

KEEP A SUPPLY OF ALKA-SELTZER ON HAND AT ALL TIMES.  Two Alka-Seltzers (generic is fine) dissolved in water will reduce the acid, and as you swallow it, the bubbles will help dissipate the stomach acid that clings to the inside of your throat and burns.  It works better than water, orange juice or soda.  Then, when you're able, give your teeth a good brushing.  That will also help get rid of the acid and just generally help you feel better & cleaner.

Awful, awful condition.  I sometimes forget and eat popcorn or something less than 3 hours before going to bed, and that will bring it on every time.  Beer, pasta and milk are also culprits (which means no warm milk before bedtime, LOL).  But eggs, bacon, roast beef, etc. (high protein) in small quantities are safer. 

Good luck to all fellow sufferers!

Elaine


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   Posted 5/19/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Responding to choking from acid reflux.....
This happens to me every time I eat anything like after 6 pm at night. I take prilosec every morning but it doesn't help if I eat late.
Many times & just last night I woke up at 3 am panicked !!! choking on my own vomit/acid & I cannot catch my breath at all. It is very very scary indeed. I keep trying to burp or get it out of my throat so I can breathe. It is the most terrible feeling ever, eventually I could probably die from this because after a period of time that I cannot breathe I would probably go brain dead. I have to stop eating after certain time. It didn't help that I ate tomato sauce with hot italian sausage -what an idiot. I never learn.

couchtater
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   Posted 5/19/2010 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Babychloe,

You need to discuss with your GI about increasing your medication.

Joy

aardyV
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   Posted 5/29/2010 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I'm a newbie to the forum who is also relieved to know that I wasn't actually dying yesterday morning. I was awakened by a major reflux episode, expectorated it, and then tried to drink some kombucha to clear my palate of the residue and to settle my stomach. Suddenly I couldn't inhale. I was frightened in a way I had never experienced. Abject terror. I ran to my back door (freaking my dog out in the process) so that a neighbor would hear my panicked scream (or at least find my body...and rescue my dog). The scream opened the air way. I quickly decided to drive myself to the ER...the doc diagnosed GERD and prescribed Prevacid (EFFECTIVE???). Now, I'm still kinda afraid to sleep, but am relieved to know I won't die from it. Definitely cleaning up my diet of triggers and going back to a spoonful of organic, lowfat yogurt in the evening--got rid of my reflux for years...then I fell out of the habit.

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   Posted 5/29/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum and thank you for sharing. I am glad you made that trip to the ER so you now know what is happening. I think your goal re your diet is on target.



Good luck and thank you for sharing your experience. We are here to support you.



Kitt

MoeB
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   Posted 8/9/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All, like so many others on this forum I suffered a very scary and embarassing episode only a few days ago. I was on vacation with 3 buddies swimming in a beautiful lake in Western N.C. (Lake Fontana). I first must mention that I had 3 beers (maybe 4?) and a turkey sandwich (and chips) before I jumped in. about 15 minutes into the swim I started "choking" on "who knows what". At first I thought I must have inhaled water but I am learning now that this was not a drowning situation. Needles to say I ruined my buddies' vacation as they thought I was drowning and dying (I felt the same way). Once I got my breathing back I realized I have suffered this before only that this was my worst ever episode. I have suffered the acid reflux (at all times of day) and have had lesser degree episodes before. I am now 45 and my older friends say "it's all downhill from here". My mom and a sibling have similar problems. I am definitely scheduling an appt with the doc this week. I just don't know if I should see an ENT or a Gastro specialist? Thanks to all that have written here because I now know that I am not the only sufferer of this strange and freaky affliction.

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 8/9/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi MoeB welcome to HW. There are lots of helpful people on here who will give you their advice and stories. Keep letting us know how you are getting on.
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