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My husband has been waking up in the middle of the night choking and saying he felt like he wasn't breathing, any ideas as to what is going on?

My husband has been waking up in the middle of the night choking and saying he felt like he wasn't breathing, any ideas as to what is going on?

Sleep apnea?: Your husband may have obstructive sleep apea - a condition commonly associated with snoring, and waking up gasping during sleep. The loose tissues of the back of the throat relax, and create a partial obstruction to the flow of oxygen. Over time, this can result in increased risks of high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, etc. But it's easily diagnosed in a sleep lab, and treatable with cpap. ...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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3 times in last 6 mths waking up choking on feels like bile. Last night was very bad and couldn't breath properly for 10-15 mins. What's wrong with me?

3 times in last 6 mths waking up choking on feels like bile. Last night was very bad and couldn't breath properly for 10-15 mins. What's wrong with me?

Reflux: This appears to be reflux. Sleep with your chest elevated higher than your abdomen and Don't eat for at least two hours before bedtime. Avoid fried and fatty foods as they delay stomach emptying. Bile reflux is different from acid reflux and may not respond to medications like prilosec. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you on diagnosis, diet and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I keep waking up in the middle of the night thinking ive swallowed something and its stuck in my throat/im choking??

Why do I keep waking up in the middle of the night thinking ive swallowed something and its stuck in my throat/im choking??

Mouth breathing: Many causes, including mouth breathing while asleep causing your throat to be dry when you wake up. Nasal decongestants, or a humidifier in your sleep area might help. ...Read more

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Advice 4 night-time mucus drainage w/ respiratory infection? Just want to sleep! Waking up choking. Am asthmatic on 10 day prednis./7 day augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate).

Advice 4 night-time mucus drainage w/ respiratory infection? Just want to sleep! Waking up choking. Am asthmatic on 10 day prednis./7 day augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate).

Call doc again: If asthma is the issue, I'd expect prednisone (>20 mg/day) would have helped it. If you have a sinus infection, the above combination works most of the time also. Thus one will need to consider pneumonia which does not respond to Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and you may well need a chest x-ray and a different antibiotic. Contact your doctor now. ...Read more

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I am constantly waking up in terror/ choking. I need help please!?

I am constantly waking up in terror/ choking. I need help please!?

Please see your: Physician. You may need referral to a sleep medicine specialist and a sleep study (polysomnograph). ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis for continuously waking up and choking on my own saliva and barf?

What is the diagnosis for continuously waking up and choking on my own saliva and barf?

Diagnosis: You did not mention when this problem began or whether you recently started taking any new medications or whether you have any allergies etc. As all these factors and more may be of a concern. I urge you to visit you primary physician as soon as you are able. ...Read more

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Waking up choking waking up choking and mouth filled with foam

Waking up choking waking up choking and mouth filled with foam

Without: Without more details, it's hard to know exactly what you're referring to, but I have heard this complaint many times from patients who have acid reflux disease. It's more common when you're asleep (your stomach and throat are on the same level). Other risk factors = obesity, smoking/drinking etoh/caffeine, eating foods like tomatoes, onions, citrus, chocolate, mint, spicy foods, carbonated beverages or large meals, and finally, eating within 3 hours of going to bed. Symptoms include heartburn (obviously), throat clearing, cough, hoarseness, and sore throat. ...Read more

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Had a tonsillectomy today and I keep waking up choking on my own saliva. Help?

Had a tonsillectomy today and I keep waking up choking on my own saliva. Help?

Call Surgeon: You home care instructions/discharge instructions should include an after hours telephone number to call for these problems. If you don't have a number, call the hospital or surgery center where your surgery was done and ask to speak with a nurse. ...Read more

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Waking up choking while sleeping. Happens few times a year. I wake up grasping for breath and palpitating?

Waking up choking while sleeping. Happens few times a year. I wake up grasping for breath and palpitating?

Sleep apnea?: This sounds like sleep apnea, i.e. intermittent airway blockage while sleeping. It's especially likely if you are obese and/or if you snore when sleeping. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to serioius heart and lung disease. See a doctor soon. Good luck! ...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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Why do I wake up in the middle of the night choking out of nowhere?

Several possibilitie: Could be anything from reflux to sleep apnea or several other things. You need a check-up and i'd bet you need to take off a few pounds. ...Read more

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My dad is 47 and every night he wakes up choking but he never really vomits it just comes up, what can it be?

Reflux: At night and supine people are more prone to reflux. He should be evaluated by a gastroenterologist to rule out reflux, hiatal hernia. If found surgery can fix the problem. ...Read more

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Last night I started coughing and I ended up choking and couldn't breathe. This has happened a few times. What causes this?

Laryngospasm: Severe coughing can lead to laryngospasm when the vocal cords are shut together hence inability to breath and wheezing. It is temporary but is very frightening to the patient! ...Read more

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My husband woke up yetrrday in the middle of the night and he couldn't breath. It was like he was choking. It happend twice tilnow, Why is this happen?

This sounds like it could be gastroesophageal reflux.: Normally if you eat or drink any fluid within three hours of bed and lay flat the esophageal junction can relax and fluid can come up and be aspirated into the lungs.
The simple treatment for this is avoid alcohol nicotine and caffeine and avoid eating or drinking within three hours of laying down. ...Read more

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I sometimes wake up at night choking. Could it be acid reflux?

I sometimes wake up at night choking. Could it be acid reflux?

GERD: Also called gastroesophageal reflux disease. Common symptoms such as heartburn, bloating and sour or bitter-tasting acid backing up into your throat or mouth are the key to the diagnosis of acid reflux disease.
The good news is a treatable condition. Rec.: see your
pcp for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My 21 month old was choking on a cracker last night. I did get it out after 3attempts. Now, tonight, she has a temp of 100.5, could this be related?

My 21 month old was choking on a cracker last night. I did get it out after 3attempts. Now, tonight, she has a temp of 100.5, could this be related?

Yes it can: She could aspirated while you are trying to get the cracker out of her mouth.
my advice see her pediatrician she could have aspiration pneumonia
if it is a weekend go to the ER ...Read more

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Why do I frequently wake up in the middle of the night thinking I swallowed something and I'm choking? I wake up very panicked than realize I'm fine.

You may have some: acid reflux tracking back up your esophagus into your throat, creating that feeling of choking/ burning/ obstruction. Or you may have sleep apnea, which would cause breathing problems, or the lack thereof, during sleep and waking up sweating/gasping. Or panic disorder. Visit your healthcare professional provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My mom wakes me up choking and snoring in the middle of the night?

My mom wakes me up choking and snoring in the middle of the night?

Snoring & Choking: Your mom should have a sleep study as soon as possible. Sounds like she has sleep apnea, but other issues may also be at hand, such as acid reflux, bronchitis, and heart disease. She should see her doctor soon. ...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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Drank water last night and the last gulp felt like it went down wrong pipe and I started choking/coughing. Could I have woke up with water in lungs?

Drank water last night and the last gulp felt like it went down wrong pipe and I started choking/coughing. Could I have woke up with water in lungs?

Yes.: But no worries it's just water and should be able to cough it up. When anything but air gets into the lung it's called aspiration and a frequent problem with acid reflux and stroke patients and can lead to pneumonia or chemical destruction of the lung tissue. You should be fine. If cough remains persistent or you develop other symptoms go see your doctor. ...Read more