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Monday, December 08, 2008 mary demeritt, Community Member, asks

Q: waking up choking,what could be causing this?

Why do i while im sleeping wake up gasping for air?  its only while im sleeping!

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John G., Community Member
12/ 9/08 10:25am

Thanks for your question. Coughing is a common GERD symptom and the disease can be aggrivated by laying down. However, you should talk to your doctor about what exactly the cause of the problem may be. Only he or she can really attempt to accurately diagnose the problem. Before you go, you may want to try this symptom checker for some background information on what could be causing these symptoms. I hope this helps.

taul_tales, Community Member
11/26/10 3:57am



I have suffered the same thing and if it's what you are talking about, it's terrifying. I went to the doctor and she said it was sinus problems. I couldn't believe it and just knew she must be wrong. She put me on a nasal spray "Fluticasone Propionate". I spray once or twice in each nostril an hour or so before bed. I haven't woke up gasping for air since and that was several years ago. It turns out that my sinus was slowly draining when laying down, and to keep it from getting into my lungs, my throat would close and that's when I would wake up in a panic hardly being able to breathe. It would clog up my throat. It was not sleep apnea or acid reflux. Just sinus congestion that needed to clear before I went to bed.

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