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When I go to sleep, within minutes I wake up coughing/gagging. It also feels like I have stuff in my throat, and need to swallow in order to breathe. I used to get it once a month, and now it happens every time I sleep. Could this be sleep apnea or asthma

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Sleep disturbances

Phlegm in the back of the throat that occurs during sleep can be caused by post nasal drip or acid reflux, and may be related to sleep apnea.
A sleep study would be helpful to sort this out.

In brief: Sleep disturbances

Phlegm in the back of the throat that occurs during sleep can be caused by post nasal drip or acid reflux, and may be related to sleep apnea.
A sleep study would be helpful to sort this out.
Dr. Tanya Russo
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Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, asthma is a

possibility as well as acid reflux, post nasal drip, anxiety/panic attack etc.
Get examined. God Bless you!

In brief: Yes, asthma is a

possibility as well as acid reflux, post nasal drip, anxiety/panic attack etc.
Get examined. God Bless you!
Dr. Victor Bonuel
Dr. Victor Bonuel
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Dr. Duane Gels
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Also could be GERD

Nocturnal awakening with cough and post-nasal drip should be reviewed at a medical visit.
GERD, asthma, sinusitis, and sleep apnea are all possibilities that can be serious issues affecting respiration. Tests, physical exam and a thorough history are indicated.

In brief: Also could be GERD

Nocturnal awakening with cough and post-nasal drip should be reviewed at a medical visit.
GERD, asthma, sinusitis, and sleep apnea are all possibilities that can be serious issues affecting respiration. Tests, physical exam and a thorough history are indicated.
Dr. Duane Gels
Dr. Duane Gels
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3 doctors agree

In brief: See Dr. ASAP

I would get to a Dr. asap to give them a history and let them exam and run tests.
Hard to determine any type of source from your many symptoms. I would do this soon.

In brief: See Dr. ASAP

I would get to a Dr. asap to give them a history and let them exam and run tests.
Hard to determine any type of source from your many symptoms. I would do this soon.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Reflux

Waking up coughing and gagging with "stuff" in your throat suggests gastroesophageal reflux.
After food enters your stomach certain muscles (the LES or lower esophageal sphincter) contract to prevent stomach contents from regurgitating back into your esophagus. -sleep with body elevated using a wedge -no food or drink after dinner Read about reflux, just type: bit.ly/ZquHBK in search box

In brief: Reflux

Waking up coughing and gagging with "stuff" in your throat suggests gastroesophageal reflux.
After food enters your stomach certain muscles (the LES or lower esophageal sphincter) contract to prevent stomach contents from regurgitating back into your esophagus. -sleep with body elevated using a wedge -no food or drink after dinner Read about reflux, just type: bit.ly/ZquHBK in search box
Dr. David Lipkin
Dr. David Lipkin
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cough

Your cough may be due to post nasal drip.
Use saline nose drops or an antihistamine like claritin before bedtime. Use a vaporizer and sleep with several pillows or your head in an elevated position

In brief: Cough

Your cough may be due to post nasal drip.
Use saline nose drops or an antihistamine like claritin before bedtime. Use a vaporizer and sleep with several pillows or your head in an elevated position
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, post-nasal drip

GI reflux etc.
Given description, mucous would ? any sleep apnea issues with tongue falling back into pharynx enough to close airway or asthma. Internalized grief/revulsion could drive the secretions, issues most Docs ignore. Trail Prilosec, etc? Sleep on side/prone, avoid back to minimize sleep apnea. Get a home, 3 night or more, sleep study for clues that you are closing off airway after asleep.

In brief: Yes, post-nasal drip

GI reflux etc.
Given description, mucous would ? any sleep apnea issues with tongue falling back into pharynx enough to close airway or asthma. Internalized grief/revulsion could drive the secretions, issues most Docs ignore. Trail Prilosec, etc? Sleep on side/prone, avoid back to minimize sleep apnea. Get a home, 3 night or more, sleep study for clues that you are closing off airway after asleep.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics

In brief: See below

you may have reflux esophagitis, and also could be sleep apnea.
You need to see your physician for a workup. Please see your physician for your complaints. It's important that it be evaluated thoroughly.

In brief: See below

you may have reflux esophagitis, and also could be sleep apnea.
You need to see your physician for a workup. Please see your physician for your complaints. It's important that it be evaluated thoroughly.
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
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