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Vomiting and Aspiration

My chronic pain stems from small bowel adhesions that cause obstruction.  When the obstruction gets bad enough, I can't keep anything down including liquids - which happens a lot.  There isn't anywhere for food and liquids to go, so it comes right back up.  

Friday night/ Saturday morning I woke up at 3:15 AM and just made it to the bathroom in time to unload my stomach contents.  My husband tells me I was making all kinds of weird gurgling noises in my sleep for a few hours before the final eruption.  I'm guessing I was regurgitating in my sleep, but it didn't get as far as my gag reflex and wake me up.

My throat and chest area still burns, it feels like there's a golf ball in the back of my throat and my voice is extremely hoarse.  Totally bummed I couldn't sing at church this morning.  I'm wondering if I aspirated some stomach contents.  Has this ever happened to anyone, and were there any other consequences aside from a few days of heartburn-like discomfort?  Now that I have no insurance, I really don't want to see the doctor if I'm just overreacting.  I know pneumonia can be an issue with aspiration, but so far I don't have any breathing symptoms.  What next?!
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954005 tn?1304626605
I'm so sorry that I don't have any helpful answers for you...I just wanted to let you know that I saw your post, and I'm so sorry that you are going through this pain and discomfort.  I know that when I throw up, it's like the end of the world...I can't breathe...just awful.  So I am so sorry that you have to deal with this.  I hope someone has some good info for you soon:)
547368 tn?1440541785
Hi Jaybay,

Sorry I am late to your post. Yes it does sound like the stomach acids rose to your vocal cords. This can irritate them and cause the hoarseness you are experiencing.  

You may or may not have aspirated some stomach contents. A small amount can be cleaned up by healthy lungs and you will suffer no consequences. However larger amounts or impaired lungs can develop some effects, including a bronchitis or aspiration pneumonia.  If you have no symptoms of an URI by now you have probably dodged the bullet. Remember to cough and deep breath to clear any possible residual fluids.

The usual and customary things we do to ward off colds and flu may be helpful.....like drinking lots of fluids and increasing your Vit C intake.

I hope you are feeling better today. I bet your voice was missed in the choir. Hopefully by next Sunday your singing voice will have returned.

Take Care,
1301089 tn?1290666571
Oh I am so sorry.  You always take everything so well and don't complain.  For what it's worth, I do understand what you're going through and how you feel about going to the doctor.  Personally I rather walk on a bed of nails than have to go to the doctor.  UGH!!!

If it doesn't clear up pretty soon, do go see your doctor.  Aspiration pneumonia can be very dangerous but I doubt you have it.  But those stomach acids do hurt the throat.  Good luck and ((((((((((((((((((MEGHUGS))))))))))))))))))))) my friend.

Avatar universal
I'm sorry to hear you had a particularly bad run-in with the porcelain god this time!  You have been such an inspiration to me lately with you being such a trooper about throwing up and with your resolution for tapering your meds.  

I don't know much about aspiration at all.  I have wondered about this, though.  If I throw up on the way to the throne and cover my mouth it starts to come out my sinuses.  That's always unpleasant but not nearly as bad as I have heard vomiting due to obstruction is.
I do get the burning in the back of my throat and the swelling.  To the point that I felt like I couldn't breathe and went to the ER.  That was a while ago and had to do with GERD, though.  
I have had pnuemonia quite a few times and I don't know if aspiration pneumonia is like the regular pneumonia, but a big sign for me was pain in my lungs or in my back on top of my lungs.  On top of the hacking cough and mucus production of course.  

Talk about one thing after another!  I know this is the last thing you need!  I hope you'll be feeling better soon so you can get back to choir and show 'em how it's done!  
82861 tn?1333453911
Looks like I'll live and NOT have to go see the man in the white coat this time.  Still have a cough like a hairball rolling around near my gag reflex, but no fever or wheezing.  I'll admit I've hit DH's ventolin inhaler a few times but don't need it now.  The voice is what's concerning me the most.  I'm still noticeably hoarse so trying to rest my voice.  DH still can't understand why I don't answer him every time he asks where his socks ended up or where the milk went (in his own stomach) or ... you get the idea.  What is it with men and their inability to listen anyway?   It is kind of funny to hear him get all worked up in the kitchen.  "Where are you?  Why aren't you answering me?  Where's the... ?"  By the time he's in a complete raving tizzy, he finally looks around the corner to see me pointing at my throat and rolling my eyes at him.  "Oh, yeah" says he as he slinks back to where he came from.

We'll see what happens at rehearsal Wednesday evening, but I know it's not going to be great.  Hey!  Maybe I can wrangle my way out of that little solo on the 17th and completely avoid all the perfomance anxiety!  Yeah?  Maybe?!
82861 tn?1333453911
Jaded - I forget to mention that I had the sinus issue too.  Is that not the NASTIEST thing?!  Seems like that junk drains out for days, which only makes me feel like hurling again.  A week of the runs is preferable to even one round with the porcelain god in my opinion.  Well, I'm off to night-night time, but think I'll hit the phenergan first.  LOL!
Avatar universal
Aww, I'm sorry your throat is still hoarse.  That's hilarious about your hubby and the questions, though.  Having an upcoming solo was like aprehension about going to the dentist for me.  I hope you'll be better before the 17th!
The sinus thing IS awful.  It always makes me feel like hurling again, too.  It's bad enough with just vomiting like normal but to have to smell it no matter where you go is like adding insult to injury.  I use one of those sinus rinsers when that happens and it generally does help with the perpetual smell.
82861 tn?1333453911
I am SO STUPID!  As often as this happens, it never once occurred to me to even use a saline sinus spray to clear everything out.  What a blonde moment!  Thank you so much for the idea.  (still slapping my forehead in disgust...)
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