Gag me with a spoon, or with my own uvula
June 3, 2007 1:07 PM Subscribe
GagReflexFilter....I don't know if I can adequately explain this medical problem, but I'll try...(It's one of those things that if it doesn't happen in the doctor's office, they don't know what you're talking about.)
posted by Oriole Adams to health & fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Every now and again I have this problem. I don't know what triggers it, and I don't know that I can properly describe it. It usually happens out of the blue; suddenly I seem to be producing more saliva or mucous than I can process, and it triggers my gag reflex. I'll start gagging. A few moments later I start barfing, whether or not I have anything in my tummy. The constant gag/regurgitate cycle will go on for about 10 minutes. I'll try to calm it by drinking something (in case it's something tickling my uvula) and blowing my nose to get the offending stuff out of my throat (but in the midst of this event, when I blow my nose, I'm only able to snort briefly, then I make a weird noise and it feels as though my uvula is involuntarily slapping shut or something. In other words, I get a weird hornking sound and nothing comes through my nose when I blow.)
I mentioned it to my doctor, who just said maybe I have a very sensitive gag reflex and gave me a prescription for Rhinocort. Rhinocort seems to have lessened the incidences of this happening, but doesn't completely prevent it. It's hard to describe, it's almost like suddenly there's something, whether it's nasal discharge or whatever, that gets hung up in my throat and triggers my gag reflex. I then spend the next ten minutes alternately gagging and vomiting, in very quick succession, even if my stomach is empty.
I've had sinus/nose problems since childhood (was hospitalized once for a particularly serious nosebleed) and have been to many different doctors over the years who have variously said "you have an allgergy" (even though all tests came back inconclusive) to "it's chronic sinusitis" but no one has been able to explain my disgusting periodic gagging tendency.