Hello. 20 year old non smoking male here. I had eaten earlier (a roast beef sandwich) and layed down to go to sleep. All of the sudden, I felt this strange pain in what felt like my windpipe area like something had touched it. I sat up and coughed a few times to make sure my airway was clear. The pain left. I don't feel short of breath or anything like that. I was just wondering if I could have inhaled a small piece of meat and if I had cleared it or it went even deeper. Thanks!
What you experienced was more likely to have been esophageal spasm rather than aspiration of food into your windpipe, since you had no spontaneous cough and aspiration would almost certainly cause cough at some point in this experience.. Yet, there is a small possibility that the aspirated material may have gone deeper into your lungs in which case you might yet experience respiratory symptoms such as wheeze, lung infection or cough. Should that be the case, you should seek medical attention but, if you remain symptom free, there is probably no need for any tests at this time.
If you have any uncertainty about this, you should have your lungs examined by your doctor.
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