Is waking up choking serious or a common annoyance?
August 12, 2011 3:14 PM Subscribe
Is waking up choking on saliva anything to see a doctor about? Can I safely chalk it up to an annoyance and go about my life?
posted by Pericardium to health & fitness (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
YANA/MD. This has been going on for the past two months or so. It's always when I'm sleeping, never happens when I'm awake. I'll wake up coughing like crazy to clear my throat of some liquid, I'm guessing it's saliva. Sometimes it happens multiple times a night, sometimes I'll go awhile without it happening and then it'll start up again. I never vomit or spit up anything. Just cough for a bit and then I'm fine. T
The choking is distressing but I'd rather avoid a doctor visit unless absolutely necessary. I was in and out of there frequently for stomach troubles and fatigue not too long ago and they ran a bunch of tests, couldn't figure out what was wrong, and I now have a huge bill from it. Sooo, I only want to go in a worse case scenario. Also, I don't think these two problems are related since the stomach/fatigue thing has been going on my whole life. Oh, and I don't snore.
It happens when I sleep on my back, but it doesn't make sense to me that I can suddenly not handle sleeping on my back anymore?
I'm not overweight so I'm guessing it's not sleep apnea. However, my dad does have sleep apnea so... maybe it is and it's genetic? I don't know because he is quite overweight so I don't know if it's genes or his weight.
The only thing I'm concerned about is whether it'll progress to me drowning in my sleep. Is it possible that my body won't wake up and clear the airway? I guess my question is whether it's safe to ignore this, preventing it would be nice as well, but I can live with it as long as it won't get worse.