Discussions By Condition: Ears, Nose, Mouth & Throat conditions

Gagging

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 18, 2009
  • 09:51 PM

Ever since my early childhood, I have had a gagging problem. It happens when I am nervous, when I wear a tie, when I have to speak to many people (which is a big problem in my line of work), and sometimes when I just know I am wearing a round necked t-shirt. It is a huge impediment and have never been able to find a solution. Though my father has the same thing and never got treatment. I would love to know where to start to find a solution or at least a name for the ailment.

Reply Flag this Discussion

4 Replies:

  • Hi hazz, I found these links (below) upon my investigation based on what you posted; perhaps you will find them helpful. These describe the condition as 'Hyperactive Gag Reflex' and I see that there are also some references to nervousness, as you mention ... along with touch, perhaps pertaining to those exascerbations brought about pertaining to the necktie. Your post sounds most-relative, in my opinion, to emotional stress. As though just the mere thought and realization of having the necktie on ... or the round-necked t-shirt ... bother you emotionally, an irritation to you; you simply don't like things around your neck and it really bothers you, even the thought of it perhaps. In my case, I guess I could best relate by my own irritations and dislikes; for instance ... if simply knowing I have a cat hair or something on my cheek, although I don't feel it ... just knowing it's there drives me nuts and I am nervous, just wanting to rid of it but can't as though my hands are tied and I must carry on as though everything is normal; the distraction of knowing, alone, would cause me stress. Sounds like (as you may find in these links) an Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialist may be helpful if you want to investigate some kind of tissue involvement (more or less tissue than the norm, perhaps, that aggravates this and provokes it when you're nervous); just like similar facial features and such ... seems to make sense that other features or "ways our bodies are constructed" that are inherited would apply to this as well, if it's a longer/shorter/etc. tissue that's simply another "inherited feature" of face shape or skin, etc. Same as feet, hands, nose ... and similar I suppose. http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/medical/reflex.htm http://www.dartmouth.edu/~dons/part_1/chapter_7.html http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4680853_gag-reflex-work.html Take care, I'll check this thread in upcoming days.
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi NeurotransmitterI am so sorry I haven't been able to reply. I am very thankful for your posting. I have had this for many years, every since I can remember in fact. I have tried everything, from relaxation techniques, to quick fixes during interviews, to a little alcohol, to diet changes, but nothing has worked. And, furthermore, it has a mind of its own, and is very powerful when it wants to be.I do agree that its invoked by emotion. I have heard there is some kind of medicine that can slightly desensitize the gag reflex.Hazz
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Neurotransmitter I am so sorry I haven't been able to reply. I am very thankful for your posting. I have had this for many years, every since I can remember in fact. I have tried everything, from relaxation techniques, to quick fixes during interviews, to a little alcohol, to diet changes, but nothing has worked. And, furthermore, it has a mind of its own, and is very powerful when it wants to be. I do agree that its invoked by emotion. I have heard there is some kind of medicine that can slightly desensitize the gag reflex. Hazz Yes, the meds for anxiety help (Klonopin, or the Generic ... Clonazapam etc.; addictive, use care) ... I don't, personally, recommend Xanax though!
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
    • 02:18 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • Ever since my early childhood, I have had a gagging problem. It happens when I am nervous, when I wear a tie, when I have to speak to many people (which is a big problem in my line of work), and sometimes when I just know I am wearing a round necked t-shirt. It is a huge impediment and have never been able to find a solution. Though my father has the same thing and never got treatment. I would love to know where to start to find a solution or at least a name for the ailment.I have the same problem. However, mine has gotten to the point where I can't even button the top button on a dress shirt in order to wear a tie. Please let me know if you ever found a solution to this!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.