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

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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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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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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He has Coughing/Choking randomly and has started to struggle swallowing a few times a day resulting in vomiting. Any idea what could be wrong?

He has Coughing/Choking randomly and has started to struggle swallowing a few times a day resulting in vomiting. Any idea what could be wrong?

1 year old coughing: Check for asthma Bring child to doctor and ask to check for asthma can also be pyloric stenosis, reflux/ GERD , rarely muscular dysrophy or other neurologic issue Chocking aspirating can result in pneumonia f/u /w/ doc today ...Read more

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Vomiting, congestion, coughing up and choking on mucus--sound like the flu or something else?

Flu?: Vomiting, congestion, coughing up and choking on mucus--sound like the flu or something else? ANS: Could be either. Have others at home or work or school had anything like this.? If so you probably have it. Ask them what their Dr said they have. Better yet see your own Dr. Trust you got the flu shot? I am here till 4 AM PDT for consult live. ...Read more

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My 19 mo has a cold. She just woke up choking & vomiting. I assume on the post nasal drip. Took her a bit to catch her breath. Should I be worried?

My 19 mo has a cold. She just woke up choking & vomiting.  I assume on the post nasal drip. Took her a bit to catch her breath. Should I be worried?

Resp distress w baby: If there is any question as to the cause of difficulty breathing, particularly in a baby, they should be seen and examined by a doctor to make certain this is not something that is likely to further compromise their health and welfare. ...Read more

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What could cause lower abdomen painful on the left side, bloated , feeling like vomiting and choking and chest pains?

What could cause lower abdomen painful on the left side, bloated , feeling like vomiting and choking and chest pains?

Descending colon: I would worry Pelvic Inflammatory Disease disease, if sexually active. Other considerations are: parasites, ulcerative colitis or non-specific colitis in your age group. Do you have fever? Diarrhea? Bloody? Nausea? This is potentially serious and you should seek medical help: Gaborone. (aside: your country is very beautiful-I visited it last month). ...Read more

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Coughing all day for 2months now, after i cough i vomit, its as though i'm choking. Doctor gave me anti biotics for nasal drip and it didn't help.

Coughing all day for 2months now, after i cough i vomit, its as though i'm choking. Doctor gave me anti biotics for nasal drip and it didn't help.

Cough: There are different causes of cough. Bad cough can make one vomit. Most cough cases have to do with trailing inflammation after a cold and are not treated with antibiotics.
Since I am not aware of your case other than the limited info you provided, i would refer you back to your doc for further work up which may include chest xray, allergy testing, etc. ...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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Was eating popcorn yesterday and i breathed a bit in have felt a lump in my throat and difficulty breathing i feel like im choking and im vomiting alo?

Was eating popcorn yesterday and i breathed a bit in have felt a lump in my throat and difficulty breathing i feel like im choking and im vomiting alo?

Call 911: Any obstruction of your upper airway has the potential to be life threatening. Call for emergency medical attention immediately if you suspect that you have an obstructed upper airway. Call 911, do not drive!. ...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 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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I have Chronic Appendicitis, confirmed surgery soom. I've had nausea but never vomiting until tonight, it was so thick and dry, I was choking, normal?

I have Chronic Appendicitis, confirmed surgery soom. I've had nausea but never vomiting until tonight, it was so thick and dry, I was choking, normal?

No: It is not normal but it might be something expected with appendicitis, however other complications need to be ruled out and better ti inform your physician soon. ...Read more

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I've been throwing up EVERY single morning after I eat! Is this completely normal? I throw up bad! & I even start choking on my throw up! I'm worried!

I've been throwing up EVERY single morning after I eat! Is this completely normal? I throw up bad! & I even start choking on my throw up! I'm worried!

Not normal: If you are SURE you are not pregnant and don't smoke pot a lot,consider Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome if it has been going on awhile.May be associated with migraines,food allergies,metabolic and endocrine disorders.Does it ever stop for a period then return?Do you feel nausea or abdominal pain inbetween vomiting?You need full blood workup and upperGI studies to rule out other problems-see your doctor!! ...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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3 yo choked on piece caramel candy. It was 20 secs before i realized he was choking. Vomited and spit rest out. Fine now. Anything to worry about?

3 yo choked on piece caramel candy. It was 20 secs before i realized he was choking. Vomited and spit rest out. Fine now. Anything to worry about?

Not to worry: Doesn't sound like there is anything to worry about. As long as he is breathing fine now and no persistent cough over the net week, he likely got it all out without any problems. Just a warning to people caring for young kids - they may not be able to handle as much as you might think. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant &I've been throwing up Bad EVERY single morning after I eat! Is this normal? & I even start choking on my throw up, I'm worried!!

I'm pregnant &I've been throwing up Bad EVERY single morning after I eat! Is this normal? & I even start choking on my throw up, I'm worried!!

Not uncommon: If this is your first pregnancy and it is early, it is not uncommon for you to be nauseous. This is the morning sickness. people talk about. it is common in the first trimester. See your doctor and get treatment. You cannot permit yourself to be come dehyrated.
Best wishes. ...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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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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Woke up choking on stomach acid and couldn't breath. Started vomiting and vomited for about 5 minutes. My throat is still burning.

Woke up choking on stomach acid and couldn't breath. Started vomiting and vomited for about 5 minutes. My throat is still burning.

Stomach bug?: Do you feel like you have a stomach bug? If so, ride it out, otherwise I would see your dr for an evaluation and need for referral to GI specialist, and medication. ...Read more