Sudden choking, air out but not in
For most of my life I have had a problem with sudden choking. If anything, water, crumbs, saliva, post nasal drip, food or acid reflux, touches my airway, I suddenly can't breath in. I can cough until the air in my lungs is exhausted, but I cannot get air into my lungs without extreem effort and gasping sounds from my throat. As I got older the frequency of the choking episodes has increased. I am afraid to go swimming because if it happens when I am in the water I am afraid I would drown before I could attract any attention of others. The worst cases are when I am asleep and apparently some stomach acid gets into my throat and I wake up unable to get air into my lungs. The choking lasts for 1-2 minutes and slowly I get more and more air into my lungs. In the most recent episode I was awake and was breathing in when I burped and inhaled some of the stomach acid into my airway. I was very close to passing out when I finally began to get some air into my lungs. All day yesterday and last night I was coughing a lot and the top of my airway felt burned. I do not know what kind of doctor to see. I saw a specialist three years ago who told me there was nothing wrong with my vocal cords. They were okay and there were no obstructions near my airway. He told me that the attacks would not kill me and I told him I was afraid that I might have a heart atack from the panic of not being able to breath. Once, while I was in the army back in 1958, I choked long enough that I did pass out. I came to with several men around me and an ambulance on the way. That time there was an abcess from one of my tonsils that had interferred with my swallowing and caused me to choke on a drink from a water fountain.
Last edited by ghoward705; 11-06-2010 at 12:29 PM.