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Aspirating

I’m 65 so maybe this comes with age , but I have started aspirating and have terrible choking spells. It starts like I’m having a bad asthma attack and as I try to take second lungful of air my trachea closes up just below my throat so I’m literally not getting in air. My inhaler will open it but then I cough and cough like when choking on a small piece of food. I’m waking up doing this. Now I do have a respiratory infection so there is flem from both sinus and lungs to aspirate. Has anyone else had this problem?

  1. I'm sorry this is happening to you! I would highly recommend that you speak to your doctor about this. It could be caused by many things, including asthma, so you want them to know about it. What you describe sounds a bit like your experiencing laryngospasm - this can feel like a tightening of the airways and cause you to choke and cough. As you know, bronchospasm can also display itself in odd ways that could be causing this as well. The fact that your inhaler helps would indicate that's a possibility. I'd be interested to hear what your doctor has to say.
    Lyn (Asthma site moderator)

    1. Didn’t sound like it


    2. I'm sorry to hear that! If you feel you can wait the three weeks, then I understand. But, if you think you really should see someone before that time, you may have to be your own best self advocate.
      Either way, please do check back and let us know how this all turns out for you.
      Wishing you well,
      Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

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