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    Old 07-15-2005, 12:29 PM   #1
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    Gagging - Post-nasal drip

    I am about 7.5 weeks pregnant. I have this feeling in my throat like I swallowed a peice of gum or something (only I didn't) and it is causing me to gag. The fact that I already have morning sickness (all day long) is not helping. I found out today that it may be a post nasal drip, caused by hormones, that could last my entire pregnancy. Has anyone ever heard of this? What can I do?

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    Old 07-15-2005, 12:53 PM   #2
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    Re: Gagging - Post-nasal drip

    I have the same problem!! I actually have morning sickness sometimes because of it. One thing that I have found at least for me is that if I drink a lot of milk the night before it seems worse.

     
    Old 07-15-2005, 12:54 PM   #3
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    Re: Gagging - Post-nasal drip

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    I am about 7.5 weeks pregnant. I have this feeling in my throat like I swallowed a peice of gum or something (only I didn't) and it is causing me to gag. The fact that I already have morning sickness (all day long) is not helping. I found out today that it may be a post nasal drip, caused by hormones, that could last my entire pregnancy. Has anyone ever heard of this? What can I do?

    ooh dear do I know what you are going through and the fact they said it "could" last your entire pregnancy is very true. I've had this 7 mths now. They have put me on antibiotics that did nothing and sent me to an ear nose throat specialist just a week ago that put me on 3!!! different prescriptions all of which did...nothing and some had side effects far worse than the sinus/nasal issue.

    They put me on nausea meds because I've thrown up almost the whole pregnancy and haven't gained near what they say you should. Luckily the baby has. The gagging is horrible, isn't it? In the beginning I gagged and strained so much that I bled on and off for months.

    I wish I had an answer for you on what to do and I don't mean to scare you with all that I said but it could be a long long experience.

    Good Luck.

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    Old 07-15-2005, 12:58 PM   #4
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    I feel for you! lol Im in the same boat. I swear Im so stuffed up soemtimes I feel like I can't breath. I have tried some nasal spray, but it doesn't seem to do much. I hate the feeling of phelm stuck in your thraot well, yucky. I suppose it is one of those things though you have to go through when you are pregnant. I never thought abotu what pregnant women go through untill I was one. I have much more respect for them and what they have to deal with.

     
    Old 07-15-2005, 02:19 PM   #5
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    Re: Gagging - Post-nasal drip

    Try a face steamer 3/4 times a day for at least a week to see if it will work for you - keep using the other things too. if you take a sudafed before bed that will help when you first wake up - feeling better.

    drink lots of water and keep away from milk, cheese at night.

     
    Old 07-15-2005, 02:32 PM   #6
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    Re: Gagging - Post-nasal drip

    Having acid reflux with heartburn can make it feel like you have something stuck in your throat. I haven't had that while being pregnant (knock on wood) but had a issue with it a few years back. Felt like i needed to swallow all the time!

     
    Old 07-15-2005, 10:57 PM   #7
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    Re: Gagging - Post-nasal drip

    I have that same feeling, like gum is stuck in my throught, but I can't get it down. I am stuffed up and my nose bleeds sometimes. So, its post nasal drip? That's gross.

     
    Old 07-19-2005, 07:13 AM   #8
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    Re: Gagging - Post-nasal drip

    Thanks for all the replies - I've been away for a few days.

    I have less of the throat thing now and just more of the nausea. The gagging/peice of gum stuck feeling comes and goes now. I agree with the fact that I never knew what pregnant women went through until I was one. My first pregnancy was pretty symptom-free but I have a feeling this one's going to be different.

    My 18 month old stood at the bathroom door and cried this morning while I puked. Poor kid. This is just the beginning of his new world!

     
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    Hmmm, sometimes I can't tell if it's post nasal drip or acid reflux because I have both. They seem to meet in the middle and make me feel like gagging all the time. My doctor put me on zantac for the reflux--I've found that light exercise help too (maybe moves things along a little). For the post nasal drip I've heard you can use a saline nasal spray (although I haven't tried it). I just suck on hard candies and stay away from lots of milk and yogurt.
    I hope you feel better soon.

     
    Old 07-19-2005, 09:40 AM   #10
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    Re: Gagging - Post-nasal drip

    Its hard to stay away from milk, though. I crave it, but also isn't it one of the main items we should be consuming, lots of dairy? I can't stand this feeling in my throat. It also comes and goes, but it is driving me insane! Why do us women have to have it so tough????

     
    Old 07-19-2005, 11:38 AM   #11
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    Re: Gagging - Post-nasal drip

    Early on in my pregnancy, I was stuffed up all the time. THEN, for about 8 weeks straight, it did the complete opposite...I all of a sudden became very dry. The insides of my nostrils were cracked, bloody scabs. I could hardly touch the exterior of my nose without irritating the inside.

    I was putting vaseline up my nose every day with Q-tips...like 3 times a day...and it still wasn't enough moisture. Blood all over the q-tips. Yuck!

    Now, I'm back to the stuffy, full, back-of-the-nose-and-down-the-throat drip, and I'll take that any day over the dry nose. If it's not one thing, it's another.

     
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