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Thursday, July 31, 2008 Shelley, Community Member, asks

Q: I just threw up stomach acid from my throat and airway, and have intense burning these places

I was in a deep sleep, and woke up choking.  I coughed up stomach acid from my airway.  I was having trouble getting air in my airway because of the stomach acid. I'm still having intense burning in my throat and all up and down my esophagus.  I am very weak, and cannot get a deep breath without coughing.  This has happened 3 or 4 times before.  I take 20 mg omeprazole 2 times a day.  Are there tests my dr. should perform to see if my esophagus is damaged?  What can my dr. do to prevent this from happening again?

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James Axe, Community Member
7/31/08 8:52am

Yes they run a Scope down and look for a problem that way,I personally had this done myself and was told which I'll prob.Misspell Esophagatius,it means from what I know is damage in there,The Doctor had me on the same meds as you take.My problem was that I hardly ever had any problems with acid reflux so im still not sure what damaged mine.One thing when I take this med I notice alot of times it causes me stomach Pains,like cramps but I get pains in my stomach at times the whole way accross my stomach after I take these.That is 1 reason I almost stopped taking them besides the fact as I said I dont really have any problems with acid reflux,it's rare if I even get Heart Burn.Jim

Chuck, Community Member
8/ 1/08 6:35pm

Yep, acid reflux to your throat.  See a lot of info for acid reflux and GERD conditions.  Absolutely don't inhale this acid, as it'll ruin your throat and lungs!  See your MD about all this soonest.  It's correctable, treatable and may be preventable.   

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By Shelley, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/13/12, First Published: 07/31/08