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Monday, September 29, 2008 Connie, Community Member, asks

Q: what to do when wake up choking with burning in throat and ears

what is best thing to do when you wake up choking with acid burning in your throat, coughing and feel like your going to vomit.  I find this very scary. I get up take an anacid and sit up straight or walk. Is this the right thing to do or is  there something else I can do. This very frightening as I'm afraid I will choke or start vomiting and choke.


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Sharyn W, Community Member
10/ 1/08 10:39pm

Hi. I think you're doing the right thing by sitting up. 

This is only a suggestion and I don't know if it will work,  but maybe you could try sleeping with an extra pillow under your head.  Or if this is too uncomfortable, you could try putting a couple of bricks under the head board end of your bed.  You may laugh, but it's worth a try.  I get really bad reflux and had these things suggested to me and it's helped.  By keeping your head slightly more elevated than your chest, there is less chance of you bringing up food etc and choking.

Good Luck, I hope this helps.

Michael4754, Community Member
9/30/08 2:00pm

Hi Connie


When you wake up, SIT UP, TRY TO BREATHE NORMALLY AND NOT PANIC, I know its easier said than done.


Have a drink of a flat fizzy drink, relax and try to to go back to sleep

carol boo, Community Member
10/23/09 8:38am

Slowly  chew on a piece of celery  while  sitting up

Amber2012, Community Member
1/17/12 1:48am
This happened to me for the first time tonight. It was so scary, and acid was in the entrance to my lungs. I drank water and coughed as much as I could to clear it out. Then drank some coke and ate a piece of crunchy toast to clean my throat out. It worked well. About 20 minutes later I am breathing clear and can take deep breathes again. Reply
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By Connie, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/12/13, First Published: 09/29/08