I had my tonsils out 14 years ago due to the fact that I would wake up in the middle of the night and feel like my throat was closing up, gasping for air, and coughing. I then got braces and a retainer in my mouth to move my teeth and jaw around. They pretty much said there wasn't a lot of space in my mouth for my tongue and that's why these choking/gasping/coughing attacks were happening. I hadn't had any coughing/choking fits until yesterday. I was just sitting at my desk and then out of nowhere I felt my throat close and I started coughing and couldn't catch my breath. I'm not allergic to anything and I wasn't eating any food. The only thing that helps is drinking water and trying to relax my throat muscle. I have had a lot of drainage and the Wisconsin weather is starting to get dry. Does this happen to other people? Is this something that could kill me? Like I said, it's not in my lungs, it's in my upper throat. I just want to make sure that this isn't going to be the end of me... THANKS!!
Yes, I also have had this problem after a bout with bronchitis in 2000. The cough occurs at any time but I've noticed in the morning I collect a lot of mucus in my sinuses and stomach. Once I eat or drink anything with acid - lemonaid, I'll vomit. Water provides relief. While in Mexico, I asked a doctor about this cough. He prescribed a narcotic sypup. I found relief, but it was addictive because I searched frantically for it in the US, but could'nt replace it. The cough returned. My lungs have been x-rayed and are clear but they did find a swallowing disorder which apparently may be corrected with surgery. Has any been diagnosed with a swallowing disorder related to the cough? I also moisturize my nostrils in the evening with a saline gel, keep cough drops nearby and drink water. This helps me through the night. Also soaking in a warm bath, and steam also seem to provide some relief. Fenugreek and Fenuthyme natural supplements, and a salt water gargle seems to dry up the mucous .
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