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Choking/coughing Fit

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!!  

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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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