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I'm confused. In your earlier posts you said that the choking was from post nasal drip or mucus. Now you are saying that is from acid and burping. There is a HUGE difference here.

I have to tell you that based on your earlier posts it does NOT sound like you have reflux. Acid reflux is when your stomach acids leak through the diaphram up into the respitory track. This can be caused by a variety of things - hiatal hernia, ulcers, allergies, etc. The result is usually EXTREME burning and discomfort which results in coughing and choking. But there is something specific that you are choking on and it is usually obvious that it is gastro-intestinal in nature.

The fact that you cannot identify what is causing your choking and that you NEVER once mentioned burning or acidity makes me wonder if you have not described your symptoms clearly to your doctor. You need to clarify if your symptoms seem to be related to a cold or respitory infection - this would normally be accompanied by the general feeling of having cold/flu, feeling "sick," feeling burning in your sinuses or congestion in your nose, ears, throat or chest. On the other hand, if you do not feel sick, do not have excessive congestion, do not have a stuffy nose, but you do have burning in your chest after eating or laying down, then it could be reflux.

Its also not uncommon to suffer from side effects or allergic reactions to either your own cold (excessive mucus) or to the medications you have been taking. I hate to see you go on reflux meds when in fact you are suffering from a cold , virus, or allergies.

I recommend that you start keeping track of EVERYTHING that you consume (in a little notebook) - not just food, but drinks, meds, anything - even brushing your teeth. Then also enter when you have symptoms - the time and day. After about a week you may see a pattern. Symptoms are not always immediate with allergies - sometimes it can take 2-6 hours to have a reaction to something.

I have just recovered fully from my illness - after 3 doctor visits and 3 different antibiotics I was officially diagnosed with pneumonia. It took a total of 4 weeks to fully recover and I am still quite exhausted. I did get some heartburn from the antibiotics I was on, but for the most part, my choking was directly related to my lung infection.
I agree, it does not seem like Reflux is what I had... in the beginning. Four weeks ago, I did have mucus (phelgm) and seemed to hack it out especially in the morning and when I had the attacks at night. Now, over the last week or so, I so have some acid but I don't feel lots of burning. However, I do feel something in the throat at times which I guess could be classified as a "burning" sensation. This happens when I am sitting (reclining chair) or laying down. I agree, perhaps I have not communicated the symptoms to the doctor well enough. On the other hand, when I communicated the same symptoms to the specialist, he did equate them to reflux. So for now, I have been taking Prevacid for 4 days and I have had less asthma like caughing. I have continued to monitor and watch what I eat and drink. I'll post again in a few days to inform others how things are going. Thanks again for your comments.
You guys can add me to your list as well. I caught an awful virus that was floating around, one which attacked the sinuses. Those of us who were unlucky enough to catch it had chronic watering eyes (and itchy as heck), itchy nose, constant sneezing, post nasal drip and a cough that occurred almost never in the day time but was AWFUL at night. There was nothing that could be taken for this as it was a virus, but I will admit that those Cold FX pills worked wonders. All symptoms went away but I still have post nasal drip and an occasional cough, but I am in week 8 already. My doctor told me that this one will take several weeks to go away completely, and there's nothing he can give me to help.

Scooter: Burping is a symptom of only a very few things (ulcer, hernia, reflux, or anxiety) so that could be why you got the diagnosis you did. Post nasal drip does burn and often will cause a sore throat because of it. When it is thick it will sit at the back of your throat and you will definately feel it, like a big goober. Trying to cough it up will remove some of the mucous but the lump feeling will remain -- the key is to thin it out. If you actually feel a lump there is a condition called "Globus Hystericus" which causes this, and I do believe it is caused from anxiety. I doubt highly that the Prevacid has helped with anything, but moreso it's that time has passed and your body is healing. Post nasal drip is a bugger to get rid of as it can linger for MONTHS. Years ago I once had it for YEARS. I had to be careful to never cry because if I did, it felt like I was choking to death and if I didn't vomit on my own I'd have to make myself barf in order to breathe.

George: You should try going to a doctor that will look in your nose, and not your throat. Post nasal drip is caused by an inflammation or infection of the nasal membranes.

Roguescot: It is not abnormal to vomit only mucous even after eating if you have post nasal drip, [U]especially if you are making yourself vomit[/U]. There is just an abundance of mucous present and your body will only heave out what's on top. If you continued trying to make yourself vomit after the mucous is done exiting, the rest will follow.

Everyone: There is only one thing that will help with post nasal drip but nobody likes doing it, including myself. You have to put some salt water in the palm of your hand, inhale it into one nostril, and spit it out. Then you have to do it again with the other nostril.

Also, the best thing for the coughing is a cough [U]syrup[/U] with codiene.

Hope this helps. :)
I hope people are still visiting this thread because I need help!!!

Every morning when I wake I have to cough for about 2 hours before I feel like I've brought up the mucous that has collected during the night. Sometimes I can cough it up (it's usually clear to very slight yellow) and only then can I speak properly, sort of. It affects my voice an awful lot and during these first 2 hours my voice will go every way you can imagine, up, down, croaky, disappear etc.

Then if I'm walking for more than say 3 minutes then my voice will disappear, it's like it's dried out and nothing to clear it with. Chewing gum and rest saves me sometimes. This happens in air-conditioned environments too. It's really embarrassing especially when I used to work because I wouldn't be able to speak after a while.

I always feel a lump in my throat. I don't have any pains or heartburn or allergies at all. I'm absolutely fine except that I have this morning coughing and random voice disappearances and it never works well. I can't shout and would never do a job that includes the phone. I can't live anywhere that I have to walk and no one likes someone violently coughing at 6am to make sure it's clear before work. Eeeep I'm 20 and I've had this since 17. Help help help, I'm so sick and tired of it!!!!

I went to see the doctor and I had antihistamines and a steroid nasal spray for 2 months which did nothing. My thyroid is fine. Now I'm waiting to be see by an ENT specialist. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm waiting to have my neti pot delivered and so I'm gonna try this and I think I'll buy the Hydropulse too. I've just bought some Benadryl and Gaviscon tablets, going to try my first tablets tonight and see what happens. Thinking of making myself vomit to clear the morning mucous but I really don't want to have to do that.

I would really appreciate any replies at all.

Andrew
Another fantastic reply :D I really appreciate you writing all this, it's helped me massively.

Before you wrote the first reply I bought a Neti Pot thinking that my problem could be sinus related. If you don't know what a Neti Pot is, do a Google Image search and have a 10 minute laughing fit at it's weirdness. Trust me, if you never have the need to do it, don't! lol. It's very bizarre. But it does really clear your sinuses, I've done it 3 times now, once in the morning and once in the evening and when I get Nexium I'll stop doing it and see what happens, if it actually did do something.

Anyway, something very very weird happened this morning. I bought some Gaviscon (very basic take off the shelf acid tablets I'm sure you know) so I took 4 last night before going to bed. 4 is apparently the average maximum but more doesn't really do harm, and this morning I woke up... I didn't have the morning cough!!! I don't know whether this was a luck thing or a fluke but I'm going to try the same tonight and see what happens. It's the first time in more than 3 years!! My throat didn't feel mucus-y until now at 10:30pm, it's getting a bit thick-ish. I was very weirded out by it today. If it works tomorrow I'm going to do a test and walk around the supermarket and see if I can talk by the time I get to the checkout (I usually can't). It's made me believe that I definitely have LPR and my faith has been restored, it's thanks to you.

I'll write here tomorrow to say if the Gaviscon works tonight too. I'm not sure though whether to tell the doctor that the Gaviscon had this effect on me (presuming it works tonight too) because he might say, well let's go on a basic drug... and I don't want that, I want it to be powerful and get rid of it all completely. I'll be aggressive in asking for Nexium. I've been reading that Prevacid has some horrible side effects so I'll make sure I get Nexium.

I can't believe that the answer could be this simple. How could I let this go on for 3 years and lead me into depression and away from social life? It all seems so easy... I'm annoyed yet very very very happy. OMG the prospect of a life?!?!?!?!? Argh!!! I've turned down moving in with someone because of this and I said I wanted to get it sorted first so this could truly be a new beginning. Rest assured aswander, that you have changed my life and although we're only connected on this forum, you'll always be in my heart as the one that brought life back to me. I feel a ballad coming on... hehe Oooh I know, whenever I hear Evanescence and Bring Me to Life from now on, you will be in my thoughts. I know it's weird talking like this to you over the Internet but seriously you have shown me where life lies... in Nexium!!! All hail Nexium!!!

I'll stop lol

Andrew





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