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Oct 15, 2009 - 8 comments

I will update shortly!  Thank you, this is complete discomfort.

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by rose92649, Nov 17, 2009
I just had my first freighting experience of my windpipe closing up during the night...It took 30 minutes to get my normal breathing back....I thought to myself if this is the way I am going to die this is horrible.....Let me hear from anybody of what might have caused this or how it might have affected you.

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by Sue593, Jan 27, 2010
This has happend to me a few times. If it happens during the day, I feel it coming on and just tell myself to relax and it usually subsides. But it has happened a few times at night and scares me a LOT! In fact it just happened this past weekend while on vacation with a couple friends. I woke one up and grabbed her arms and put them around me to get her to give me the Hiemlick. I can get air in (a little bit) but can't get it out. When she pushed it out, I could start breathing again. It is freaky!

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by moonbeam924, Jan 28, 2010
Are you gagging; perhaps it is reflux?

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by drlest, Mar 18, 2010
HI,  Last night while in the middle of a deep sleep, I bolted straight up and could not breath!  My windpipe was completely closed.  I could not get any air in at all.  I have had a sore throat for the last two days and thought that maybe I inhaled some large dust particle or something and chocked/coughed.  I cannot recall.  After what seemed like forever, I panicked, stood up and walked out of my room semi-bent over and trying desperately to get some air in.  My girlfriend who was asleep in the next room with our two year old heard me making this sick, gasping sound whiile trying to suck air in my lungs.  It literally felt my windpipe opened up only about 2 percent; like trying to breath throough air through a straw after doing a short sprint.  My eyes teared up and I started to have these micro shakes, but was able to finally breath more and more, and cough more and more (dry cough).  So now I am trying to find out what the hell happened.  My throat is more sore that ever and I am a little scared of trying to sleep without someone around to help in case I can't breath again.  I have already told my girlfriend to give me CPR if that happens and I collaspe.  Anybody out there with any answers as to what may have happened.  I am 49 in above average health,  with normal weight for my height and no other health issues or allergies.  I have not been on any drugs or prescription drugs.  I was not drinking.  Just a very scary event that happened to an otherwise normal 49 year old man with a sore throat.

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by scared426, Mar 15, 2011
My windpipe closes without warning.  It happens out of nowhere for no reason. I too feel as though this is the way I am going to die. The attack seems to last forever although it is probably for a few minutes.  I have learn that if I bend forward from the waist and keep telling myself to relax it will let up quicker. I shake slighty for minutes after wards.  I have had it checked out and an ENT told me not to worry you will eventually passout and start breathing again.   Thanks for the reassurance Doc!

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by ali20014, Feb 27, 2014
Hi im Ali 28 and i got told by the docs that i don't have an windpipe and that's why i stopp breathing chets

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by NativeNewYorker, Nov 29, 2015
This happens to me about once a month and always when about to drift to sleep. I found what helps me.  First when it happens....RELAX!  I know it's hard to do when you can't  get any air in, but talk yourself into relaxing. Then if you can, breathe thru your nose.  When going to sleep keep your head up and  not down as this blocks the passageway so when you are totally relaxed, this will block your breathing passageway. When seated and watching tv, your head drops and causes the air not to enter  The other night, while sleeping face down, it happened and I jumped to my knees. There was no air going in and my husband awoke and I couldn't talk either.  He gently tapped my back as he heard me wheezing and it was the longest duration he said. Then after about 10-12 seconds (that's a long time), I felt the tiniest of air enter and from there it got better. I won't sleep face down again. BTW, this doesn't run in my family--it gallops. My mother, brother and uncle have the same problem so it may be genetic.  See if any of this helps and the most important thing is to relax!  All the best to you!

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by NativeNewYorker, Nov 29, 2015
This happens to me about once a month and always when about to drift to sleep. I found what helps me.  First when it happens....RELAX!  I know it's hard to do when you can't  get any air in, but talk yourself into relaxing. Then if you can, breathe thru your nose.  When going to sleep keep your head up and  not down as this blocks the passageway so when you are totally relaxed, this will block your breathing passageway. When seated and watching tv, your head drops and causes the air not to enter  The other night, while sleeping face down, it happened and I jumped to my knees. There was no air going in and my husband awoke and I couldn't talk either.  He gently tapped my back as he heard me wheezing and it was the longest duration he said. Then after about 10-12 seconds (that's a long time), I felt the tiniest of air enter and from there it got better. I won't sleep face down again. BTW, this doesn't run in my family--it gallops. My mother, brother and uncle have the same problem so it may be genetic.  See if any of this helps and the most important thing is to relax!  All the best to you!

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