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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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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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How come i wake up choking and gasping for air?

Gasping: The most likely cause of waking up choking and gasping for air is obstructive sleep apnea. See a doctor for examination and possible sleep study! ...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?

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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I have Multiple Sclerosis and I wake up choking and grasping for air. I have choking episodes all day (at work, while driving,etc).I am afraid to eat.

I have Multiple Sclerosis and I wake up choking and grasping for air. I have choking episodes all day (at work, while driving,etc).I am afraid to eat.

Several points: You may have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, but a better explanation might be sinusitis or GERD. Would urge you to visit internist and undergo full examination. Would also get your neurologist into the loop, as regardless of cause of the above, you need a potent disease modifying agent for your MS. It is very unusual for MS to affect breathing or cause intermittent choking. ...Read more

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I wake up choking on acid and always have a lot of phlegm in my throat. Is this serious?! i've had heartburn for 5 years too.

I wake up choking on acid and always have a lot of phlegm in my throat. Is this serious?! i've had heartburn for 5 years too.

Sounds like GERD: You are on Omeprazole for heartburn. It is clear that this is inadequate for your symptoms. The symptoms you describe above are all associated with gerd. Please return to your doctor and obtain a different medication for the treatment of gerd since Omeprazole is not currently working well enough for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a bad case of GERD at night. I wake up choking, wheezing, & gaging. What to do at the moment when im choking, the acid backflows into my throat?

I have a bad case of GERD at night. I wake up choking, wheezing, & gaging. What to do at the moment when im choking, the acid backflows into my throat?

See your doctor: See your doctor for an evaluation of your gerd and for treatment recommendations. Untreated gerd can cause many problems including esophagitis, cancer, barrett.S esophagus, asthma, sinusitis, aspiration pneumonia and laryngitis and more. For now you can purchase over the counter zantac (ranitidine) and take 300 mg at bedtime.If awakened with it take 2 tablespoonful upon awakening. Also, stop smoking! ...Read more

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Bad gerd, i wake up choking on my stomach acid &, burning my throat, the acid gets in my lungs. What can I do when this happens? I take Pepcid (famotidine) at bed

Bad gerd, i wake up choking on my stomach acid &, burning my throat, the acid gets in my lungs. What can I do when this happens? I take Pepcid (famotidine) at bed

Take precautions: Prevent , regurgitation . Your supper eat light , do not go to bed immediately after eating give 3 to 4 hr gap . When you sleep do not lie flat , use 2 pillows , do not drink or smoke before bed time, take your medications in few is intractable may need anti-reflux procedure . Speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause a person to wake up choking?

Reflux: People with reflux disease wake up when their stomach contents reflux into their throats and from their into their airways. ...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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What are the causes of you to wake up choking and can't get your breath.?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea (stopping breathing in sleep) is a common condition which can cause this, and can be quite dangerous. Other symptoms include snoring and daytime sleepiness/fatigue. Gastro-esophageal reflux can also cause this, as can panic attacks in sleep. ...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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Whenever my 13 Y.O son goes to sleep on his back he wakes up feeling like he is choking? Why is this? Anyway way to help it?

Whenever my 13 Y.O son goes to sleep on his back he wakes up feeling like he is choking? Why is this? Anyway way to help it?

Choking: This could be obstructive sleep apnea mostly due to hypertrophy of tonsils & adenoids or choking on post nasal drip. He need to be evaluated by his 1ry care physician or ENT, ASAP, sleep apnea study would be helphul. Good luck ...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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Screaming in sleep and then making choking noises. What does this mean, help!?

Screaming in sleep and then making choking noises. What does this mean, help!?

Seek a professional: Good restful sleep is critical for good health. Nightmares or screaming in your sleep are a way that your brain is telling you that there is a serious problem that you need to address. Talk to a close friend or family member and see if you can work it out with them. If not consider speaking with a professional counselor or psychologist or sleep specialist. ...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