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Throat Spasms

  • Posted By: topfos
  • March 25, 2007
  • 00:32 AM

I get a throat spasms which last from 2-3 minutes and cut off my breathing. My eyes water, my fingers start to go numb, all while I am fighting for breath. These can happen from a strong cough or during sleep. I was told by an ENT that it could be GERD and have a appt with a GI next week. I have no symptoms of GERD.

I began these in 1992, but they were very rare and I could control the event. Since I was diagnosed with mono in Jan 2007, these events have become a daily occurance of which I can't control anymore...mainly during sleep.....and can happen 4 times in a 24 hour period.

I have also been told it could be tied to panic attacks. Anyone else ever had these type attacks? Any recommendations for help??

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  • These type things happened to me several times when I was living up north and I thought was an allergy attack or something. Several times it was so bad I would end up in an urgent care center or ER. Finally went to a internal medicine clinic and was put thru test and xrays of chest to be sure nothing going on but it was reflux that was causing spasms of the bronchial air path causing me to feel the lack of air. He said that yes, continue with my usual use of inhalers for my allergies as needed but he wanted me to take my reflux medicine on a regular (!!) routine. Did this and have not had these problems since.They can be very scary to one during them, ones around me would say I was getting white as a ghost and looked as though going to faint.Good Luck to you.
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  • Hi, I totally have the same problem as you do......except I was diagnosed with "nocturnal dystonia"......this has been going on for about 3-4 years. Mine cause seizures secondary to the lack of oxygen to my brain. Every single doctor I have seen looks at me like I am absolutely crazy! I have one doctor in PA (neurologist) that diagnosed me, only by process of elimination. I have had every test under the sun done......I don't have epilepsy, I was told that I don't have acid reflux.......I don't know what it is but it is so weird. It has completely changed my life, not for the good. It is so bad that I am scared to go to sleep. It SUCKS! I would love to chat with you about this.....I am very curious to learn more about you and see how you are doing. I look forward to hearing from you.+ Brooke
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  • It has been a while since your post, so I hope you have found good treatment.I've had throat spasms about 5 years ago, and they were scary as ***l !! It would happen as I would sneeze or cought, during the day and while asleep. The doctor I was seeing at the time couldn't find anything wrong with me and sent me on my ways. The only thing I could do was to not sneeze or cough and I pretty much succesfully accomplished that for about 1 year !! Those spasms are terrifying, what can I say ...I finally saw an ENT a few years ago and was diagnosed with acid reflux without heartburn. The stomach fluids basically inflame the entrance to ones windpipe and shrink it down in size, which in turn causes it to stay shut after a sneeze contraction.So, no more acidic foods such as coffee, orange juice etc. does the trick ...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 18, 2008
    • 02:25 PM
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  • I am undergoing a similar struggle... and trying to find a proper diagnosis.I have been diagnosed with anxiety after many doctor visits and even an ER visit when I thought I was having an asthma attack. I experience a tickle, followed by coughing, and then I can't breathe in or out. I've tried my albuterol inhalor, water, cough drops, etc. but none of that worked.Yesterday I talked about this with my psychologist and she suggested that it was all psychosomatic. Last night, I had another one of these attacks in my sleep. Instead of feeding into it, I kept saying "I am okay." and I tried to breathe through my mouth instead of my nose. I found that I had the urge to keep swallowing (air) over and over, which was almost like when you are gulping for air during a long, hard cry (but no tears). When I could force my mind to realize that I COULD breathe, the attack subsided much more quickly.Again, be sure to rule things out with a family doctor... but this technique has started to work for me. you're not alone!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2009
    • 02:25 PM
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  • I am going through this right now. after a cough, my throat goes shut. been in ambulance, ER, and told I am having bronchial spasms. But, my lungs are clear, and I have no asthma.I take meds for acid reflux, but have to admit, I havent been taking it because I felt I didnt need it anymore.....hmmmm. going to docs today...I am going to bring the acid reflux issue up and slap myself for being irresponsible with my meds. thanks for the sharing. it just might have solved this very scarry condition.
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  • I have got a spams in my throat as I was in hurry for an appointment and knew I was going to be late. It was not worth all the nerves. The nature of this spams is nervous. I would recoomend for you guys to think that you are not going to choke. There were moments I thought I was gonig to choke, but trust me, I was fine.This muscles in the throat are the main problem, so I do think that in my case it was a nervous reaction to certain things I could not handle. Please stay there and do not panic. If you haven't choked by now, you are not going to choke.There are short moments I have this spasms, but I tried to eat and drink and you know what I could do it, as well as drive. Though right now tell yourself. Its time to take care of might health. You body just had sent you a sign through your nervous system, that something is wrong with it. Please figure out if your stress level is too high. You can resolve all of these. A nice herbal tea or a sweet drink might help. Caffein helps to relax you through sometimes. Ask you doctor if there are relaxants and maybe antidepressants that can be given to you, if they help.You are not alone. My mom had these too and suffered a lot, now she is fine.It will go away, just be patient. You body is a majestic tool, it will fix itself. Try to breeze deeple, everything is fine, it could be worse. You are alive, you haven't died and you will not, just take off an extra stress.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2009
    • 05:22 AM
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  • I have had a very bad throat infection, which wouldn't go away, but once I got a course of antibiotics the throat got better, but I still have this slight itch which every so often when i cough causes a throat constriction. First I cough, gag then sneeze and my throat starts to close up. Last night it happened immediately after I got angry at one of the kids doing something silly.Anyway I breathed through it, with difficulty, used my mind to force my throat to relax and concentrated on reopening my throat and making sure that i was breathing properly. As soon as I did that it subsided and everything was normal again. Hasn't happened again today. Just need to relax and DO NOT PANIC! I haven't gone in for a diagnosis but when I see my GP next I will probably ask for an ENT referral to see if there is an underlying condition causing it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2009
    • 00:06 PM
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  • Some of these sound like paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction.
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  • I have got a spams in my throat as I was in hurry for an appointment and knew I was going to be late. It was not worth all the nerves. The nature of this spams is nervous. I would recoomend for you guys to think that you are not going to choke. There were moments I thought I was gonig to choke, but trust me, I was fine.This muscles in the throat are the main problem, so I do think that in my case it was a nervous reaction to certain things I could not handle. Please stay there and do not panic. If you haven't choked by now, you are not going to choke.There are short moments I have this spasms, but I tried to eat and drink and you know what I could do it, as well as drive. Though right now tell yourself. Its time to take care of might health. You body just had sent you a sign through your nervous system, that something is wrong with it. Please figure out if your stress level is too high. You can resolve all of these. A nice herbal tea or a sweet drink might help. Caffein helps to relax you through sometimes. Ask you doctor if there are relaxants and maybe antidepressants that can be given to you, if they help.You are not alone. My mom had these too and suffered a lot, now she is fine.It will go away, just be patient. You body is a majestic tool, it will fix itself. Try to breeze deeple, everything is fine, it could be worse. You are alive, you haven't died and you will not, just take off an extra stress.It is great to read this. I burnt out a couple of years ago and have not been completely better since. I am struggling to overcome a severe anxiety disorder. I have had panic attacks alot the last two year and am getting quite used to them. But about a month ago i had a real bad throat spasm and it completely shut my throat up and i couldn't breathe. After a while I eventually managed to gasp some air in. At the time I put it down to the juice in a minty i had had irratating my throat. But the last few weeks i have been very stressed and last night i couldn't swallow at times and i felt if i tried to force it i would have a throat spasm. It is so scary and i am worried about it happening again, worrying, what if its longer next time, can it kill me? So it is reassuring to read your post.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2011
    • 06:11 AM
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  • It is great to read this. I burnt out a couple of years ago and have not been completely better since. I am struggling to overcome a severe anxiety disorder. I have had panic attacks alot the last two year and am getting quite used to them. But about a month ago i had a real bad throat spasm and it completely shut my throat up and i couldn't breathe. After a while I eventually managed to gasp some air in. At the time I put it down to the juice in a minty i had had irratating my throat. But the last few weeks i have been very stressed and last night i couldn't swallow at times and i felt if i tried to force it i would have a throat spasm. It is so scary and i am worried about it happening again, worrying, what if its longer next time, can it kill me? So it is reassuring to read your post.I have just been experiencing these spasms for the last few days. At first, I thoughtIt was an allergic reaction to something, but have eaten no new foods or taken new meds. This morning, I woke up fine, but before taking my am blood pressure medication, my throat started tightening up. Very scary.....but I can still breathe. I took my blood pressure medication, with water, but spasms still continuing. They seem to last an hour or so, then go away.
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  • I get a throat spasms which last from 2-3 minutes and cut off my breathing. My eyes water, my fingers start to go numb, all while I am fighting for breath. These can happen from a strong cough or during sleep. I was told by an ENT that it could be GERD and have a appt with a GI next week. I have no symptoms of GERD. I began these in 1992, but they were very rare and I could control the event. Since I was diagnosed with mono in Jan 2007, these events have become a daily occurance of which I can't control anymore...mainly during sleep.....and can happen 4 times in a 24 hour period. I have also been told it could be tied to panic attacks. Anyone else ever had these type attacks? Any recommendations for help??My doctor told me that I am just having throat spasms. It happens sometimes just from breathing or taking a drink of fluids. She told me to keep salt handy when this happens. Pour some into your hand and lick it up. It works for me. After a few seconds, I am back breathing again. It scares me when this happens and there is nothing worse when you can't catch your breath.
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