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What is happening to me? My throat closes up!

Have you been experiencing brief episodes where you are unable to breathe and your throat has closed up for usually around 30-60 seconds?

If so, you may be one of many people who experience Laryngospasm.

If you are having trouble breathing or having your throat close up, the most important thing to do is go to the doctor and seek professional medical help and advice. Breathing problems are not to be dismissed. Please consult with a physician if you struggle with your breathing!

Help! My Throat Keeps Closing Up!

Many people experience episodes that typically last for 30-60 seconds and feel as if the throat has closed up. This may be after coughing, or wake a person up in the middle of the night. For those who don't know what is happening, it is mysterious, and can be quite terrifying. While of course there are many reasons a person may have the feeling their throat has closed up, a laryngospasm is different. While perhaps exacerbated or triggered by a cold, it can occur without the presence of a cold, asthma, allergic reaction, or the presence of something lodged in the throat. In fact, as many describe it, it feels as if their throat has spasmed, and contracted shut. Unfortunately, some of those afflicted with these spasms go to the doctor and don't receive an answer or solution as to what is happening to them. The scariest part of this condition is not knowing, because once you know what is happening, you also know that they will pass and can seek out ways of dealing with the spasms. Talk to your doctor, and find out if this is what is happening for you. There are tricks to helping the spasm settle, and there are medical devices as well that can help one at night sleep. A visit to an ENT (ear/nose/throat) specialist is especially appropriate to get this condition under control for you and get your life flowing like a cool breeze.

Common Causes

Acid reflux or GERD is the most common cause of laryngospasm. Acid reflux stresses the larynx and vocal cords causing distress. Some people affected by laryngospasm may have SILENT reflux disease, that does not show signs as is typical of Acid Reflux.

Perioperative Complication. Perioperative refers to the duration of a patient’s surgical procedure, during which Laryngospasm can occur as related to complications with anaesteshia or tracheal extubation.

How Some Have Described Laryngospasm

“I’m terrified, my throat is closing up”

“I’m waking up in the middle of the night, and I’m choking. It is as if I am drowning, but I’m not. The experience is terrifying, and I don’t know what it is or what to do!”

“I don’t know what is happening to me. I had a cough for a week, and after coughing episodes, all of a sudden, my throat would close up, and I could either get no air in or just the smallest amount. I was gasping for air and afraid I would die. My doctor diagnosed me with laryngospasm and said that the worst that would happen is that I would pass out and that my throat would open back up. It is still so scary!”

“...I am still very nervous at night. I have choked in my sleep before but this was different this time. This was a complete closing of my airway. The choking didn’t start until after my airway slowly started to open. I am still so freaked out but I didn’t go to the doctor.” -youtube.com

More to come, please email me your experiences and I will be happy to post/share by name or anonymously.

I would love to hear from you! Your experiences and advice. Email me at meghan@laryngospasm.org





Information contained within this site is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your physician or other health provider for any questions you may have regarding your medical condition. Only your physician can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.


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