How dangerous are middle-of-the-night acid reflux attacks?
February 28, 2013 10:43 AM Subscribe
My partner's middle-of-the-night acid reflux attacks are scary for both of us because he wakes up unable to breathe due to aspirating acid, and he's worried that one night he might not wake up. How concerned do we need to be?
posted by rhiannonstone to health & fitness (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
These attacks are a lot less frequent than they used to be, as he's made a bunch of positive changes: he's on a daily medication, we've raised the head of the bed, he sleeps on his left side, and tries to eat earlier in the evening and avoid foods we know are triggers. But they still occasionally happen, and they're scary for both of us. He wakes up suddenly unable to breathe, and then coughs violently for awhile, and it takes him a long time to recover and go back to sleep. He's worried that one day he might have one of these attacks and not wake up. Is this a valid concern? Is there anything we should do when these attacks occur? Currently he takes a fast-acting heartburn medication, drinks some milk to soothe his throat, and goes back to sleep once he recovers.
He is under a doctor's care and will be seeing a specialist soon, so I'm not looking for advice on treatment, but specifically wondering if these late-night attacks are dangerous and how to better handle them.