Choking on liquids
I had 2 choking episodes yesterday. Maybe choking isn’t the exact word because I really just swallowed wrong. The first one was mangos. Cut up in small pieces but slightly hard and very tart, just the way I like them. I swallowed wrong but it wasn’t the actual mango that was causing the problem. The tartness of the piece in my saliva is what I swallowed incorrectly. It caused me to cough, as it should, however I couldn’t move that tartness up and out. It caused me to continue to cough and cough and cough. I couldn’t really stop. It was another scary experience for what was probably a minute or two but felt significantly longer. I finally coughed whatever it was out. Another unexpected event. I put the mangos away after that and sipped my water. My airway isn’t blocked which is why I said choking might not be the right word. I just couldn’t really stop the coughing reflex. That is why breathing became difficult momentarily.
As if that wasn’t enough for one day, it happened again later when I was drinking a seltzer. I like inhaled while I was swallowing and again it went down the wrong way. Once again I started coughing trying to get whatever I swallowed out. I was having no luck. The coughing got both more intense and more frequent. I had someone here and I was able to spit out I needed warm water. That seems to help. I finally got whatever was still in my throat out. Then it takes me a few minutes to catch my breath again. It isn’t like a piece of food is blocking my airway, It is like phlegm is in my throat that I can neither swallowed or cough up. It results in this uncontrolled coughing that makes it difficult to get a breath. It feels like I’m choking because I can’t breathe.
How do you try to avoid this symptom? I can move things out of the way to avoid falls. I can take medication to help with spasticity. I can sleep when fatigue sets in. How do you train your diaphragm, chest and throat muscles to strengthen? How do you get yourself to be able to produce a more powerful and productive cough to move things out of your throat? Since my muscles are weakened, it takes me a lot to get that powerful cough. This is why bronchitis scares me to death. Instead I have these coughing fits as my body’s reflexs tries desperately to move things from my throat. It is not a fun experience especially when it happens twice in a day. As always, water is right next to me. Unfortunately, that is my best defense.
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I too, have experienced this on many occasions finding myself aspirating while trying to drink liquids as well as when snacking, This is usually occurring for me during periods of time when I am experiencing difficulty with my speech as well. Surprisingly enough, what I have found that really has helped me is accupuncture especially with my speech. Acupuncture does not relieve all my MS symptoms but definitely helps with these,
That is really good to know thank you Dix. I appreciate the tip. I definitely need to try new things.
I had a terrible time with it in the early 2000’s its sooo scary! At that time If I turned my head to the right and tucked my chin a bit when I ate or drank I had better luck. Now I only have it when I am over tired or too hot. Sometimes I am not eating or drinking either its just saliva I guess. people laugh but its not funny its scary. I have no advice I fear it becoming a life ending thing at some point too.
It isn’t funny at all. Try the warm water that actually seems to help while your coughing. I don’t know how to avoid it happening to begin with.