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I wake up gasping for air, I can't swallow ,and my tongue fe

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It started about a month an a half ago on a trip to texas from new jersey. While we were taking off about 5,000 feet in the air I felt my mouth dry and could not swallow. The flight attendant though I was having an allergy reaction to something so they gave me oxygen and benadryl. When I got to texas they though the samething so they gave me a pill treatment for a week but the following day the symptoms came back so I went back to the er. The doctor drew some blood and took urine especiment, put a scope down my throat and couldn't find anything so his diagnosis was viral pharyngitis. Came back that friday with the same symptoms to new jersey. The following tuesday went to my Dr. And he prescribed antibiotics. Thursday more antibiotic. Then he referred me to an otoryngology and they put a camera again with no findings. She prescribed pepcid ac. Also she refers me to the alergist and I am allergic to the regular stuff but nothing to triger this. A month and 3 weeks later im still having the symptoms. Sometime in the middle of the night I wake up gasping for air and most of the time can't swallow and my tongue feels like is twice the size with some pain on it.

Anybody can give me guidance as what can I do?


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replied May 2nd, 2006
Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders Answer A881
When you experience a sensation that can not be confirmed via objective examinations and laboratory analyses (air gasping, tongue swelling and pain, dry mouth, unable to swallow etc.) the only possibility remaining for doctors in the allopathic tradition is to diagnose the problem as "psychiatric". Perhaps you can take a few examinations in order to exclude asthma as the cause for these symtpoms. Functional lung tests (pick expiratory flow) and provocation tests (un-specific and specific) help diagnose or exclude asthma. You can go to a specialist for lung diseases to request these exams.
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