Hi and welcome to the GERD forum.
I am not sure I understand what u mean...by violent spasm...are u sure it is a spasm, could u be gasping for breath?
See a Dr to be tested for a few possibilities one being sleep apnea.....and of course GERD....
Until u get in to see the Dr try elevating the head of ur bed, and try using a humidifier in case it is post nasal drip from ur cold causing the issue.
Thanks for your reply.
By violent spasm I mean a sufficient shake of the body to wake me. Perhaps violent is an overstatement. What I'm calling a spasm is a strong flutter lasting about a 1/2 second just below the neck. I do have sleep apnea but this a problem primarily occurring when I have a cold.
Your post nasal drip suggestion I find very interesting. I wonder if you can get something for that over the counter.
Deff talk to ur Drs regarding this concern of urs...they may have something u can add to the C-Pap if u use one with ur apnea.
Best of luck and do post an update : )
Thank you for advice. I'm zeroing in an irritation of the phrenic nerve as a leading candidate for my problem.
Glad u have something to focus on...and possible get help...do keep me posted : )
Sounds to me like you might have a Magnesium deficiency. Believe it or not, I sleep with a bar of soap (any except Olay or Dove) at my feet. How it works, I don't know. But it stops spasms in my feet, legs and hips. I hope this works for you, too.