rare choking episodes
I'm looking for others who experience the same thing I have. As long as I can remember, I've had occasional choking episodes where I involuntarily swallow (usually only happens with fluids or saliva) and I sound like I have asthma, I find myself gasping for air.
I don't seem to have the normal 'cough' reflex that other people have when something goes the wrong way. I just feel as though I don't have enough air in my lungs to cough and I can barely get any air in. It often takes me several minutes to be able to breathe normally again. From what I've read, I believe that the epiglottis (the flap covering the windpipe) goes into convulsion. I've even woken up in the middle of the night gasping, feeling as if that 'flap' had closed over the wrong way. I don't have acid reflux or any pain, so I don't believe it is an esophageal problem.
If I'm careful eating and drinking, this doesn't happen very often, but when it does it is very scary. I did see an ENT specialist and had a barium swallow done. He simply called it a "nervous throat", but didn't offer any suggestions or treatments. I'm left feeling as if I'm the only person in the world with this problem. Are there any others???