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Choking on water - throat closes (Page 2)

December 1st, 2014
Erm... I meant cutting out exposure to irritants.... my lungs do feel like there's always a slight itch very far away, and like my cough mechanism doesn't work very well.
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replied October 15th, 2015
Swallow facing downwards or use a straw!
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replied November 21st, 2015
DYSPHAGIA (Choking on thin liquids)
DYSPHAGIA (dis farg e ah) CHOKING ON THIN LIQUIDS (water, soda, juice etc)

Confusing info abounds on internet:
>May be life threatening (or) not life threatening
>When choking, raise arms above head, but that's a greater risk of inhaling substance into lungs
>Bend over with head below trunk VIOLENTLY breathing in and out coughing out liquid

>Inhaling liquid & food into lungs can cause aspiration pneumonia and eventual death
>Add a food thickener to your thin liquids


1. Drink veggie or fruit smoothies made with water for a thicker drink
2. Concentrate and take TINY SIPS of water etc. (which are less likely to choke on), from a tea cup with chin down WHEN SWALLOWING
3. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER take a big swig from a bottle or glass with head back
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replied January 12th, 2017
Thought I was in the minority on this issue. Choking started couple years ago. I am in my early 60's. I would take too big of a sip of drink and begin choking. Today I was in my truck on the road when most violent episode to date happened. I took drink of soda through straw and immediately felt the gagging and choking begin. I pulled off on the shoulder out of traffic while I struggled for air. I could not breath for what was only a few seconds and felt heart pound. Finally I was able to cough and sputter liquid out onto myself while at same time feeling arms tingling and sore as if had a work out. I thought for sure I would have a heart attack or at least my lungs would be scarred after this. After a minute or two I felt confident enough to get back on the road. Very scary, but from these posts I can find answers and comfort.
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replied January 24th, 2017
I can help. I know what y'all are going through to more extent than any case. I have an esophagus smaller than a pencil so anytime I take a bite of anything I have to push it down with liquid. At least twice a week it doesn't go down. Then the liquid will overflow stopping me from breathing. Very simple solution to be able to breathe again, lean over and let gravity take effect and have the liquid come back out. I've dealt with this for 29 years and have had 5 surgeries. Now, if you haven't had food and liquid won't go down, then your esophagus has a stricture causing blockage. Either way, use warm water to expand and lean over to let water out if it overflows to your windpipe. Good luck and just know, let gravity take liquid back out if you can't breathe. You're not in danger. If you can't get liquid down then you'll probably need an esophagogastroduodenoscopy better known as an EGD. Hope this helps. PS if it get a little achy it's because your esophagus is spasming trying to fix itself.
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replied July 15th, 2018
laryngospasms - this is what happened to me, several times now, most of the time when I was at the dentist having my teeth cleaned. Thanks to everyone who has posted here - still scary when it happens, But reassuring to know what is happening, and possible remedies. When I am reclined and the hygienist has the tube with water and her tools in my mouth, it is difficult to not feel like I can't breathe. It happened again just last week, but I had less panic -knowing what was happening this time - and recovered faster. "you involuntarily breathe when you should swallow' seems the best explanation; note the "involuntary."
Never try to gulp or swallow a large amount of liquid (or solid food, for that matter),
getting both air And liquid in your throat simultaneously may cause confusion?
and if you use a straw, do not bend over but keep your head and neck upright to aid in swallowing.
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