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A 23-year-old male asked:

Why do i sometimes wake up choking when i go to sleep, usually after eating? p.s i have gastric problems and i am overweight

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Reflux: This might be reflux. I would wait a few hours after eating before you lie down and try two pillows under you instead of one. Also anti reflux medications such as nexium (esomeprazole) might help.
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Dr. Ernest Degidio
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Sound like reflux: A very horrible feeling is waking up with acid in your throat, choking you. It can actually get in your lungs and cause pneumonia. Don't eat the last 3 hour before bedtime and try taking OTC omeprazole daily for 2 weeks. Also very important is to see your doctor or a gastroenterologist. They might want to take pictures of your esophagus to make sure the acid isn't causing more serious problems.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Reflux: Your choking is almost certainly caused by reflux- because you have gastric problems and are overweight! The first thing is avoid eating much for at least 2 and ideally 3 hours before you go to sleep! For a more comprehensive solution see http://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd/ Weight loss will help- make long-term changes like reducing simple carbs.
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Acid reflux: Do not eat within 2 hours of laying down. See your doctor to get the acid reflux checked and treated.
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Last updated Jun 20, 2015

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