Freighting experiences...........

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Forbe
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   Posted 10/7/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
In the last 10 -15 years I would occasional wake up with a burning sensation in my throat do to acid reflux. Breathing was difficult yet controllable. I would tell myself to relax breathe easy and take a small sip of water. Trying to clear my throat or coughing seemed to just disturb the acid and make the problem linger. Once all was good it was back to bed. The whole experience is somewhat frightening.

about a year ago I woke up from my face in the pillow position taking in a huge gasp of air and then went into what I believe is something like an asthma attack. I had no control over my breathing. It was just a rapid in-out-in-out breathing spasm of some kind. And it lasted a good minute plus. The whole time this was happening I was thinking that I would probably pass out and hopefully my body would take over and I'd start breathing normally. When it was all over I could sense that burning sensation of acid in my throat. I wondered if while sleeping the acid came up blocked my air and when I took that awakening gasp for air I may have aspirated some of the acid which caused the asthma like attack.

Since then I have had test done for GERD and nothing. The only thing my Dr. did was to give me an inhaler ( Albuterol ). I wasn't sure if that was a pacifier or what.

Last night it happened again. I leaped out of bed after I had been sleeping for an hour. My wife followed me down the hall. She was so frightened and doing everything she could to calm me down. I appreciate her love very much, but it seemed as if nothing would help except that it runs it's course. My wife then disappeared for a few seconds and then out of nowhere I got a blast in the ear with the inhaler.... smilewinkgrin   I took the inhaler from her and gave myself 2 shots and seemed to notice a slight improvement almost instantly. I never thought of the inhaler.

Does anyone know if this is an aspiration of acid that causes this, for the lack of a better word, spasm or something else?

Before I forget, I'm a 53 year old male with no major problems of any kind.... I hope.

Thanks

mugsy111
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   Posted 10/7/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear of your episodes, Forbe.  It sounds similar to some of my experiences.  I would awaken from a deep sleep gasping for air, feeling like I was choking.  My breathing returned to normal after a few minutes and I slept upright the rest of the night.  At first, these episodes were few and far between...months apart.  Over time, these became more and more frequent and I had oodles of tests done.  I did have a significant amount of fluid in my lungs (from the aspiration) and significant esophageal damage.  Glad to hear your checking into things before they get out of control like mine.  I wish I could tell you what to do to prevent these episodes...I've done everything and still can't go to sleep at night w/o wondering if its going to be another one of those nights.

Forbe
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   Posted 10/7/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks mugsy111. When you said "I did have a significant amount of fluid in my lungs" it reminded me that I did have a chest x-ray after the first episode and all was negative. Do you feel it's from acid reflux?

mugsy111
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   Posted 10/10/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, no doubt about it.
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