2 weeks ago I got sick, about one week ago I started waking up coughing, then gasping for air. It makes this terrible whooping noise and it takes me about 30-60 seconds to get a full breath of air, then it slowly goes away. I went to the doctor and they said no pneumonia, i have perfect breathing, my lungs are clear, my throat is clear, they did a chest x-ray. They think it might be bronchitis, but they're not sure. The breathing attacks keep getting worse. If I can't get enough air next time will I pass out and start breathing fine again? What could this be? Could I die if I don't get enough air next attack? Could this be vocal cord dysfunction, (VCD)?
I am also having the same issue. After coughing then I cannot take a breath. Feels like my throat is constricted and cannot bring in any air. and then when I relax it seems ok again (until the next cough)
I have same - exactly. I believe this to be a mild epiglottitis due no doubt to some respiratory infection. Suggest this to your Dr as I will. Let's see what they say.
I have had it for 3 weeks. Been on antibiotics for the nast cough for a few days and main cough is almost gone, but slightest cough or even stretching my neck causes be to choke. Not woken at night choking for a few nights, so I hope it's on its way out.
If it is still happening after the weekend, I'll propose a mild epiglottitis and see what reception I get.
I also have these symptons, had a chest xray which is clear, coughing getting worse, had 4 lots of antibiotics and now steriods but no better. bringing up lots of yellow gunk.
Nights are scary as coughing to the point of stop breathing, can't lay down and now exhausted as over 2 weeks of this.
Any one any suggestions please.
I have the same. I had fever/cold symptom 3 weeks ago with really bad coughing fits in the 2nd and 3rd week. Now the coughing is not so frequent or bad, but my windpipe keeps closing up which is terrifying. An inhaler is no help during one of these episodes as have no air movement at all for 20seconds up to 1min. Dr thinks its probably whooping cough and has given me an inhaler and antibiotics. Waiting for blood test to confirm.
She said the breathing problem is my muscles seizing up due to the inflammation and effort in coughing. The solution is to use the inhaler before an attack, not always possible, and to relax. I had 2 attacks last night, the first lasted 2 mins in which I managed 3 tiny gasps. The 2nd I was expecting and didn't fight. I held my breath and tried to relax, then took slow breaths. It was difficult but it worked