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If i wake up choking from throwing up, does this mean i have sleep apnea?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
No: Vomiting is not a typical symptom of sleep apnea. The gasping or choking sensation that's mentioned is from air hunger and not from anything that has to do with your stomach. You should talk to your doctor about throwing up at night and find the reason why. Sleep apnea symptoms include snoring, dry mouth, urinating at night frequently, morning headaches, unrefreshing sleep & daytime sleepiness.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna commented
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Your symptoms of waking up choking and vomiting are symptoms of severe Gastr Esophageal Reflux,which makes the acid in stomac find its way through esophagus into your throat and wakes you up as it can find its way way inti your trachea if you keep sleeping,it can be serious,you need to see a gastroenterologist and you may need an endoscopic exam and a trial of proton pump inhibitots,so see your MD
Feb 27, 2012
Dr. Lisa Shives
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
No: Nocturnal vomiting is not typically a feature of sleep apnea, but I am very concerned that you could choke, or even suffocate, and so i urge you to see a doctor immediately to have this evaluated.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Not necessarily: This could be a type of mucous buildup from draining sinuses, allergies or other unrelated problems. I would not rule out sleep apnea, but you need to have a sleep study performed to get definitive answers.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Check it out: There are many conditions including post nasal drip, and reflux that can cause throwing up. Sleep apnea is another one- you can get tested for reflux and sleep apnea. Discuss it with your doctor.

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