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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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2 month old with acid reflux puking and choking in sleep on apnea machine Zantac (ranitidine) rice n bottle and propped up anything else I can do? Congestion also

2 month old with acid reflux puking and choking in sleep on apnea machine Zantac (ranitidine) rice n bottle and propped up anything else I can do? Congestion also

Acid reflux: Saline nasal drops and suction for nasal congestion. Nasal congestion may be from the cold or a symptom of acid reflux. Need to see your physician. There are other medications for reflux as well like Prevacid and bethanecol. Some children need a combination of medications to control reflux. ...Read more

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Sleep vomiting and choking, is it serious? Ithas happened about 12 times in the past three years. It started after I had my children.

GERD: You can modify the diet, sleep on two + pillows, thicken feeds, avoid those foods that make you burp, take antacids even ppis or h2 blockers and/or see a GI specialist to r/o gastro-esophageal reflux disease (gerd)

p.S. How's your weight, post pregnancy? ...Read more

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Can GERD cause you to vomit in your sleep, when you are unaware and you only wake up because you are choking on it?

Can GERD cause you to vomit in your sleep, when you are unaware and you only wake up because you are choking on it?

Kind of yes: If you have bad reflux, when you lay down there is no gravity keeping your gastric juices and acid in your stomach. The acid will migrate up your esophagus and can cause a feeling of vomit or choking when you wake up. You need to be evaluated as well as change certain lifestyles such as raising the head of your bed while you sleep. An upper endoscopy is essential for your exam. ...Read more

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What are causes of a bowel movement in your sleep that does not wake you? And of vomiting in your sleep, when you only wake because you are choking on

What are causes of a bowel movement in your sleep that does not wake you? And of vomiting in your sleep, when you only wake because you are choking on

We all pass gas when: We sleep, and if you are having diarrhea, then it might not be unusual to pass some stool at the same time. GE reflux is not uncommon, and when lying down, esp on a full stomach and may seem like vomiting. Imodium (loperamide) slows intestinal activity, but may also delay stomach emptying. Aside from that, abnormal sedation from alcohol, sleeping pills, seizure, or occasionally a bad dream. I wish u well. ...Read more

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Waking up choking on vomit, gasping for air, sometimes then vomiting more. Also had bowel movement in sleep, slept through it. Took 2. 5 mg Clonazepam?

Waking up choking on vomit, gasping for air, sometimes then vomiting more. Also had bowel movement in sleep, slept through it. Took 2. 5 mg Clonazepam?

Choking on vomit!: Something is quite wrong. Leave a message for your doc and the. Head straight to the ER. S/he may call while you are in route. Klonopin (clonazepam) is a respiratory depressant. It does sound like while you vomited & did cough up, this protecting ur airway, aspiration risk is hi and dangerous. Bowel movement in "sleep" could indicate anything from over sedation, to seizure, to GI problem. Need work to be safe! ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have been giving my 6 month old 1/2mg loritadine bid x 4.5 days now, and still very congested and can't sleep without choking. Keep going?

I have been giving my 6 month old 1/2mg loritadine bid x 4.5 days now, and still very congested and can't sleep without choking. Keep going?

Doctor to evaluate: An infant who has "choking" symptoms needs a doctor's evaluation. Loratadine (Claritin) is an over-the-conter allergy medication and is approved for older kids, which means using it in infants may or may not have the desired effects (should be working closely with one's doctor). So, keep going... to the doctor's office, but not necessarily with the loratadine. ...Read more

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My 4month old snores and wakes her self up choking, what are the chances of her having sleep apnea like I do? She also has reflux too

My 4month old snores and wakes her self up choking, what are the chances of her having sleep apnea like I do? She also has reflux too

Sleep Apnea: If your child even has 1 episode an hour of sleep apnea treatment is recommended. I would not wait at all, referral to have a sleep study in a children's hospital setting would be my first priority. ...Read more

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10yr old is obese snores &whistles with her mouth when she sleeps &wakes up2x nitenearly choking&coughing gasping. Is it sleep apnea? Or is it asthma?

10yr old is obese snores &whistles with her mouth when she sleeps &wakes up2x nitenearly choking&coughing gasping. Is it sleep apnea? Or is it asthma?

Defintely sounds: Like airway obstruction. In order to figure out if this is an upper airway obstruction (tonsil enlargement, for example) or lower airway obstruction (such as asthma), you need a doctor to examine this child. ...Read more

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Baby with congestion? Sever acid reflux puking and choking. Help!?

Baby with congestion? Sever acid reflux puking and choking. Help!?

See your doctor: If the baby can't breathe it shouldn't wait and they need to be assessed. It could be they have an allergy to dairy and/or soy and exposure to it in the breastmilk or formula is causing reflux and the acid is burning the throat and nose, causing extra mucous. Saline drops for babies used after each feeding can help. If turning blue or having poor weight gain see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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My child has a dry cough and it sounds like he is choking. This happens when he is falling asleep. What can I give him.

My child has a dry cough and it sounds like he is choking. This happens when he is falling asleep. What can I give him.

Should be checked: We don't know how old your child is and can not recommend any meds. Make sure he drinks plenty fluids to keep his nose and throat hydrated and make an appointment with his/her pediatrician so that cause of the cough can be determined and treated ...Read more

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Why does it sound like my 3w old newborn is choking and trying to catch his breath after a feeding when he's asleep?

Why does it sound like my 3w old newborn is choking and trying to catch his breath after a feeding when he's asleep?

Baby Feeding: Could be that they have reflux or lots of post nasal drainage or a plugged nose. Also, the process of alternating breathing and swallowing is a tough thing for babies to learn and can take a little time. ...Read more

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My child passed out while getting blood drawn why? And she threw up also and her body was shaking and she sound like she was choking

My child passed out while getting blood drawn why? And she threw up also and her body was shaking and she sound like she was choking

Vasovagal syncope: Vasovagal syncope is the most common cause of fainting and occurs when your body overreacts to triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. The trigger results in vasovagal syncope, a brief loss of consciousness caused by a sudden drop in your heart rate and blood pressure, which reduces blood flow to your brain. The vomiting and shaking were most likely caused by this also. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do for newborns throwing up after feeding and it coming thru nasal passages and choking baby?

Can you tell me what to do for newborns throwing up after feeding and it coming thru nasal passages and choking baby?

Clear the nose: Babies don't have good control when they vomit and the fluid can come out the nose or mouth. Clear his nose with the bulb syringe. You may be able to prevent some of the vomiting or spitting up by burping frequently, don't overfeed him, and hold him upright for a while after feeding to allow the feeds to settle. ...Read more

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2 yr old has overactive gag reflex, can't eat textured foods without gagging/throwing up. How can I help him overcome this without him choking?

2 yr old has overactive gag reflex, can't eat textured foods without gagging/throwing up. How can I help him overcome this without him choking?

See a doctor: It is normal for 2 year olds to like some foods and not others, but gagging and vomiting when trying to eat any food with texture suggests a problem. Your child's pediatrician can examine him for any physical problems and possibly refer him for therapy. Occupational therapists or speech therapists can sometimes help with problems like this if it is more behavioral that physical. ...Read more

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Oesophegus has a burning sensation. Feel lyk vomiting and something is choking me?

Oesophegus has a burning sensation. Feel lyk vomiting and something is choking me?

Describing LPR?: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid ; pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance ph testing with a symptom diary can best characterize this. ...Read more

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Hi doctor I was wondering can you die from sleep paraylisis because I felt like choking?

Hi doctor I was wondering can you die from sleep paraylisis because I felt like choking?

It sounds: Like you are describing classic SLEEP APNEA which in some people is described as "choking" or "PARALYSIS"! I assume you are not a heavy drinker or misuse sleep medications! I would tell your PCP about these spells!
VERY VERY Rarely and only in severe apnea cases cardiac arrest can occur....CHECK OUT THESE SYMPTOMS. They are real!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can't sleep cause keep choking on mucus, keep swallowing but it keeps coming back. What can I do?

Can't sleep cause keep choking on mucus, keep swallowing but it keeps coming back. What can I do?

Mucus: Since miami is known as a mold heaven I would suggest that you may be allergic to molds. Seek help from an allergist. In the meantime you can do some environmental control by sleeping with the window closed, check your air conditioning system, get rid of flowers, etc. Take an antihistamine at night before bedtime and one in the morning if necessary. ...Read more

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I wake up choking because my saliva has gone down my wind pipe its so annoying I just want a decent nights sleep : (doe any one know what this is?

Choking: This is called aspiration, when one chokes on their own saliva
it can happen but ii it is too frequent need to be checked out.
Excessive drinking and sleeping and sleeping with food or candy in the mouth etc to be avoided. ...Read more

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Bad cough doesn't stop at all (coughing every 2 minutes at night time) and makes u want to vomit and feel that u are choking? It has been 1 wk now.

Bad cough doesn't stop at all (coughing every 2 minutes at night time) and makes u want to vomit and feel that u are choking? It has been 1 wk now.

Reflux?: If your cough is worse when you are lying down then reflux is possible. If you're coughing all day upright or lying down then it's some type of upper respiratory condition either viral or bacterial that you need help with. Don't eat or drink anything for three hours before you go to bed and stay away from foods. You should see your doctor for an evaluation of your lungs and breathing. ...Read more

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Why do I keep waking up in middle of the night feeling like I swallowed something and am choking in my sleep? This is happening more and more frequent

Why do I keep waking up in middle of the night feeling like I swallowed something and am choking in my sleep? This is happening more and more frequent

At your age: At your age I think that this may be due to reflux of acid from your stomach suggested by the your statement that this is happening at night. You may be at risk of aspirating this into your lungs. Most people with this degree of reflux also have "heartburn". A number of other problems however may be causing these symtptoms ...Read more

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How to tell if I am okay to sleep after a choking spell?

How to tell if I am okay to sleep after a choking spell?

Sleep: Dear elleni4,

choking spell is concerning and you should rule out local ent, cardiac causes, sleep study, to rule out medical, ENT and anxiety causes. ...Read more

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What causes choking in my sleep and then throwin gup?

What causes choking in my sleep and then throwin gup?

Most likely GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease meets this description, but you should see a gastroenterologist for further testing to determine this for sure, as other causes are possible. ...Read more

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Is choking in my sleep from acid reflux common?

Is choking in my sleep from acid reflux common?

Nocturnal GERD: This phenomenon is not uncommon but can portend severe consequences. You probably need a 24 hr ph study and maybe in association with esophageal manometry. You may need a scope. Please see you primary for a referral. ...Read more

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If I ever wake up at night choking, does this mean I have sleep apnea?

If I ever wake up at night choking, does this mean I have sleep apnea?

Possibly: If the choking is associated with gasping for air, then it is more likely. Do you have excessive daytime sleepiness of anyone who complains of your snoring. If you are worried you should consult with a sleep physician. ...Read more

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Vomiting (Definition)

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