Hi everyone, my name is Denise and I had a really scary incident last night. I was told by a doctor a long time ago that I had Gerd or reflux..not sure which. I told him what was happeneing and he prescribed me Rantidine. Well since then I have lost my insuraunce and have been taking over the counter rantidine.
I wake up at night choking and have lots of acid in my throat. Last night it happened and it was the worst ever. It seemed like I was never going to catch my breath. This morning I can't hardly talk from being so hoarse. This was the scariest "attack" yet. It dont help matters that almost exactly a year to the day my step-mother died from choking to death. It had nothing to do with Gerd..but it was what was running through my mind. I never have these choking spells any other time than at night. It happens every couple of months. One thing, I did not take the rantidine before I went to bed last night..I felt ok. I guess that was my first mistake. Anyway, it really scared me that it took longer to get my breathing under control. I usually vomit and burp alot after these incidents. I really could use some reassuring. Can you pass out after a while trying to catch your breath? Usually I can just start breathing through my nose and I calm down quick, but last night I just felt like I couldnt do anything. Can you die from this if you pass out? Sorry, I am not trying to be an alarmist, but this one really shook me up. As I said, I have no insuraunce so is there a really good OTC med to take? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks! Denise