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   Posted 5/1/2011 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
smhair  Gosh I now realise there are more people out there ,with these symtoms.
                         I really woke up choking in the night no air would go into my airway ,sucking in huge amounts of air ,and not feeling any benefit ,I ran outside for fresh air gasping and sucking in air (IT WAS THE SCARIEST THING I HAVE HAD IN  MY LIFE) Finally air went back into my lungs ,but i had to keep swallowing hard as the acid was in my throat I have to say I have put on a lot of weight lately I do not know if this is the reason ,or my age 48 but never had this before I am not eating any less carbs than I did when I was younger always eating crisps tongue But I now know what it is like to choke and it is the most horrible sensation ever not to be able to control your airflow .
I asssume that if you have your last meal say 5pm and lots of water your gut will not have to produce so much acid to break the food down (simple )drugs for me are the last option ,you should  try remidies first you do not know the side effects of these drugs on long term basis I think any dairy is not good before be shakehead
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   Posted 5/1/2011 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW,
Have you talked about this episode with your doctor?
There are many post here where people have tried natural cures. Manuka honey, aloe juice, probiotics, etc....
One important thing is to see a gastroentrologist and have a few tests run to make sure you have no damage inside. Then you can discuss other options from medications.

Good luck and stick around. We're not doctors here, but we have a wealth of information.

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   Posted 5/1/2011 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Here again is a type of indication that there is some possibility of food intolerances. Especially if there is refluxing after eating some meals, you might want to consider keeping a food journal/log for at least a couple of months, noting everything you eat and drink and any symptoms an hour or two after eating.

More of us than realize it have food triggers that can start (trigger) or make worse the squeezing that is able to force stomach contents back up past a weak stomach valve and into the throat.

If you don't have regurgitation after all meals or every night, there may be only certain foods that cause this to happen. "Crisps," aka "chips" in the US, are likely to have preservatives or flavorings and coloring added that are the real culprits, not the potatoes or other veggies from which the product is made.

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   Posted 5/1/2011 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Janice,
Welcome to Healing Well! It is amazing how many people suffer from reflux. There are many reasons for the problem, but when you wake up and can't breathe, none o that matters. It's a very scary feeling. That problem is caused by acid assaulting the vocal chords. They spasm, and that keeps the air from getting through.

You don't have to worry, though. There's a way to deal with those attacks. Hopefully you won't have another one, but my asthma/allergy doctor gave me the following directions (reflux can also cause asthma, but that's not what you're describing)

Below is a copy of what he gave me. I hope you find it helpful.
Again, I'm glad you've joined us!
Take care,

Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion
(Vocal Cord Dysfunction)

Relaxed Throat Breathing Exercises

During practice:

1. Sip water before and after doing these exercises.
2. Exercises:

A. Shoulders Down
This is the cue for you to relax

B. Hand on abdomen
This helps you focus on easy abdominal breath support--the best and most relaxed way to breathe.

C. Gentle, quick "sip" of air IN (sip, sip, sip)
Breathe through your mouth
Relaxed lips
about 1 second inhale each sip

D. Gentle blow OUT (blow, blow, blow)
Through slightly tight lips
about 2-3 seconds for each blow out

3. Practice 5 reps, 20 times per day when you are NOT having symptoms.

4. Make it automatic, and use it at the first sense of throat tightness to prevent or suppress the VDC. You may start with the inhale or the exhale.

5. Use it to "pre-treat" yourself before known triggers for VCD.

6. This technique can also be a "stress buster" tool to use in other situations.
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