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Choking

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Comment from: MrsGPie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I had a barbeque and ran out of burgers, so I had a steak burger. We all sat chatting and eating when I started choking. I tried 5 times to swallow but couldn't and couldn't breathe. I got scared but was embarrassed. I tried to take a drink but the water just dribbled out of my mouth.

Comment from: 2348162294, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I took some pineapple juice. Then about 2 hours after, I licked lime. I was dancing. Immediately the lime touched my throat, I started gasping for air. It was first gentle, but then became more serious. I couldn't breathe. I was home alone. I tried forcing air, or taking air, nothing, I was visibly shaking already. I hurried towards a neighbor’s home, still gasping. I stopped, grabbed some water, and drank. I was relieved slightly, but couldn't talk till I got to the pharmacy, it hurt in the throat.

Comment from: Emma, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 20

I choked on a French fry. I couldn’t breathe in or out, even when coughing. I had tears running down my face, and when the adrenaline kicked in, it was terribly painful - a spiderweb of sharp pricks all over my chest. In my panic, I didn’t even think of 911 or Heimlich. When the French fry finally went down, my whole body ached, especially my arms. Thirty minutes later, my chest and arms still ache.

Comment from: NitaJo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I was trying to eat pork loin. I began to choke on a small piece of it. Even though it was small and I'd chewed it very well, when I started choking, my airway was completely shut off. I kept trying to swallow, and that made things worse. Every time I tried to swallow, foam would come out of my nose. I fell to my knees and prayed. Finally, my body fought back and I began to throw up and got a good gulp of air after a minute. It took a while to recover. Never eating stringy pork again. Bacon, yes!

Comment from: Chamere , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

At work and took a break by myself. I was drinking soda, suddenly when I went to swallow the soda, it wouldn't go down and wouldn't come up. I was gasping for air and choking, next thing you know, I kept hitting myself in the chest and the soda ended up coming out my nose and my mouth. The tearing up, that is, the shaking and crying! It was a scary experience because I was alone in the break room, and I just felt like I couldn't get any air to breathe. This is the third time it's happened to me.

Comment from: HLynn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

Several times over the last year or so, while sleeping, I have woken up unable to get air into my lungs. I can take a sip of water and swallow it but cannot get air in my lungs. I don’t understand how this is possible.

Comment from: R. Kramer, 45-54 (Patient) Published: April 29

I was eating a sandwich. I started to choke, but I could get a little air so I wasn’t too worried. I just wasn’t breathing right. I could take in little bits of air but I am not sure if I was really able to expel. I was sure no food was stuck. I thought I might get sick so I walked to the trash. The next thing I knew was this extreme burning, tingling pain from my thighs up to my head. It hurt so bad and I was so scared. The pain slowly went away, but took hours. I don’t know what happened to me.

Comment from: Wk, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 31

I got into a fight and the person choked me really hard. Like only my Adam’s apple in the neck. I have been having some breathing problem lately, and my neck still hurts.

Comment from: Minnie sharon, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 17

I was drinking soda and started coughing and my throat closed up for I don't know how long. I tried to stay calm which is very hard to do when you are choking and not getting air, and you are alone.

Comment from: Hernandezr, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I was eating an Oreo and went to tell my son his treat is ready, but ended up inhaling a piece of the cookie. I started choking and coughing, and tried to breathe but couldn't. Eventually I took somewhat of a breath. I coughed more and couldn't breathe; drank water and coughed… drank water and coughed. My chest felt like a spider webbed burning, and pins and needles feeling. My girlfriend hit my back helping the Oreo come up. Eventually it came up... very scary!

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Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I was at Golden Coral. I took a bite of fish and washed it down with Coke. I could tell it wasn't going down and then I made the mistake of taking a couple more swallows of Coke to make it go down. I couldn't breathe. The last two swallows came back up. I knew I was choking and tried to tell my table mate but I was crooked with a sharp burning pain in my chest area and under my arms. I can't express how bad the pain was. I thought I was going to die. But I was able to cough it up. The pain lasted a while.

Comment from: KK, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I was eating fried chicken and corn. Something went down the wrong way. I started choking and gagging and tears were running down my cheeks. I grabbed for water but that didn't help. I know not to do that now! I went into the bathroom and tried to vomit. I looked at myself in the mirror and I was beet red, with bloodshot eyes. I was choking and puking and scared to death. My entire body was pins and needles and burning! I puked up liquids and coughed till I gagged. I slept upright.

Comment from: Dew, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I choked on a sip of coffee. It took my breath away and for about ten minutes I was working on recovering and had intense burning in my arms and chest when trying to breathe and cough. Strangest and painful feeling.

Comment from: nurseof3kids, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I recently chocked on a bite of sandwich, I was chewing normally and sitting upright. I felt a part of the bread get stuck, I could not draw in air to cough it out, each attempt made me feel more short of breath. I got out of my car at a stopped traffic light. Someone behind me asked if I needed help. I pointed to neck, I thought I was going to pass out. He circled my ribs and I could tell it was too high, then around my waist and out it came. I thought I would die.

Comment from: Rikki, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 24

Choking happened to me three times in a month. When I am drinking water all of a sudden I start to gasp for air. I can’t breathe and make an awful breathing sound. It is frightening. I try to cough up anything but usually to no avail. I also put arms above head to open breathing passages. I have been using these nose drops prescribed by an ENT to prevent nose from dripping. This occurrence seemed to start then. I do have post nasal drip. Wonder if anyone else can relate to me.

Comment from: Brendi, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 23

I tried drinking a fizzy drink and nearly choked on it. I literally could not breathe.

Comment from: cmt132, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I most often choke on saliva going down the wrong track. I cannot breathe, talk, etc. Nothing is stuck in my throat. My husband has successfully pounded on my upper back between my shoulders and has been able to get the bubbles to come up. I have come very close to a choking tragedy. I don’t know what I can do to prevent it.

Comment from: Johahn, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

Under the shower, I turned my head to face the nozzle to rinse out the toothpaste. Water shot into the throat and I coughed involuntarily until no air left was left. I went to breathe in but couldn't. My throat completely locked up and I was out of air. I was standing there suffocating! I focused not to panic. After about 5 or 6 seconds (a very long time) slowly air started going in, like sucking on a small plastic straw, and my throat was producing horrible loud choking sounds. Slowly became good after about 30 seconds. Very frightening.

Comment from: Emmanuel, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 10

After a meal, breakfast, I drank water and as I walked on the aisle it was like the water passed through the windpipe. I couldn't breathe, was choking and struggling {coughing out vehemently} for a few seconds, then finally I was relieved, it was a terrible state to find oneself in.

Comment from: Littlebear, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I was eating Christmas dinner with my elderly client today. The beef roast was rather tough. I was trying to swallow a piece when another caregiver came to greet me, and gave me a friendly slap on the back. I started choking on the piece of meat, and couldn't cough or breathe. I became very dizzy. Luckily, a waiter did the Heimlich maneuver. It worked, but now the pain in my chest is excruciating. I'm not complaining, though. My wonderful Christmas present today was that someone saved my life!

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Comment from: Guruprasad, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: November 15

My friend placed the tablet and water in his 89 years old mother’s mouth when she was lying flat on her back on her bed, at around 2 am in the early morning without making her get up from that position. By about 10 am he woke her up and gave some tablets and water. They were vomited. At 12 noon he was leaving and his mother nodded her head. But by 4 pm when giving tea to her it was vomited and there was no response from her. Wonder if the tablet could have caused choking.

Comment from: Will, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 07

I got choked hard by a man at a bar for about 30 seconds last night. My neck is swollen today and it’s very hard to swallow.

Comment from: Arie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I choked on a spoonful of peanut butter 2 days ago. It was from a brand new jar of the oily, organic kind that had to be stirred. It got stuck in my esophagus and flowed into my trachea. My entire throat shut down. I couldn't swallow, cough, speak, breathe or cry. I went into a panic knowing that I was about to die. I leaned my midsection into the edge of my kitchen counter, hung my head down into my deep kitchen sink and hoped that gravity would work. Took a while to clear but, I live!

Comment from: Tobias, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I was having some sexy time with my partner and we’re into breath play, which so involves choking. They choked me so hard that I passed out and I remember seeing white and a loud blaring noise. When I woke up they weren’t choking me anymore and checking if I was okay. I remember freaking out from what I saw and it felt like I was sucked back into my body. My body felt tingly, and my partner told me that we shouldn’t go too far with it since it will damage me. We’ve been safe about it ever since.

Comment from: happywifey, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I just choked on a bit of French bread and peanut butter. I didn't chew it before I swallowed and it cut off my windpipe and felt like it was coming back up. I tried to swallow, didn't work, tried to drink some orange juice really quick, didn't work, and I couldn't breathe! I tried to cough, and then the coughing started to work and I could swallow again, so I drank water in between coughing to push the bread down in to my stomach. My whole body was burning, and I had pain inside my wrists after. Scary.

Comment from: Stuntmann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I was on a job. It was hot, and I stopped to get some water. I started to choke and then passed out.

Comment from: gp, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I drank some water and all of a sudden I couldn't breathe. I began jumping and hitting my upper chest. It was only after I began forcing and pushing the water out of my mouth and nose like a force vomit that I was able to breathe. But before that I couldn't breathe and tried not to panic. And then I slept sitting up because I was too afraid that there was still water in my throat. Terrible feeling.

Comment from: Fern, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I was lying in bed eating Chex mix and something went wrong when I swallowed! Only partial block with the choking and progressively I felt like I couldn’t breathe. Ten minutes went by and I had a panic or anxiety attack as I got driven to the emergency room (ER) shaking and being extremely cold. They did x-ray, gave me some pills and said to watch out for pneumonia. When it happened I was coughing and trying to clear my throat, and my voice went away for a bit at the ER. It is scary for partial blocks as you panic a lot. It’s the next day and I am scared.

Comment from: TC , 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 04

My Mother was taking some of her medication this morning and choked on it. She said she felt like one of her pills went into her lung instead of being swallowed. She had pain in her chest where she felt like it went and she also had pain in her right jaw. Wonder if the pill could have been lodged in her lung. She finally after coughing for a good hour and my patting her on the back got some of it to come out/up.

Comment from: Mrcvwolf , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

A week ago I choked in the car alone. I was on the freeway and not sure what to do. Today I choked in the lunchroom. And no one noticed me. I was bent over banging on my chest and trying to raise my arms. I could not get air and I started to feel pins and needles on every vein in my chest and it started to send spasms of pins and needles through my groin and down the back of my legs and feet. And just when I was about to pass out I got air. But now my chest still feels like pins and needles.

Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I was taking my evening pills before bed, when the first pill did not go down but I am guessing some water got into my airway. Suddenly I could not breathe at all! I was able to spit the pill out and I tried to punch at my ribs but it did not work. I ran to the bedroom and woke my husband and he started do the Heimlich maneuver and finally I could breathe. I thought I was going to die! It has happened before but I have been able to finally get my breath on my own.

Comment from: painful , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I had a piece of candy corn and part of it lodged into my airway choking me. I started coughing and wheezing. When I was coughing forcefully, all of a sudden my upper back, shoulders and upper chest started burning and felt like someone was stabbing me with a million pins and needles. I actually stopped coughing and squeaked out ouch! I was almost afraid to continue coughing but I had to.

Comment from: Scrambledmeg , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

Twice I’ve experienced choking, terrifying event. The second time I had a sip of water late at night. I sat up, had a small drink, when it went down the wrong pipe. I couldn’t take in air. I couldn’t cough, it’s like my trachea seized up. I threw up a lot. I’m thinking it was because I was lying down and sat up abruptly to take a drink my esophagus wasn’t ready. Maybe it was a panic attack. Terrifying. I’m 36, this has just recently happened to me. In the past I could cough.

Comment from: Bw, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I was at a wedding and took a bite of beef, and it lodged in my throat. I started to choke and I alerted my husband who hit my back a couple of times, but that actually sent it farther down the wind pipe. I knew I needed the Heimlich maneuver and fortunately a young man saw my distress and started it. After 6 or 7 attempts I spit up some saliva and he thought I was good but I still couldn’t breathe. He gave me a bunch more thrusts and as I felt like I was going to pass out, it finally dislodged! I thank that young man every day for saving my life. I was in good hands, there were 4 nurses, a doctor and a previous paramedic at the wedding so, they took care of me until the paramedics arrived and checked me out! I’m very sore around the ribs and chest, but I’m breathing! Scariest thing I’ve ever been through.

Comment from: Carolyne, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I choke on liquid. It happens when I drink water and accidently turn my head prior to the last drop being swallowed. I have had mostly severe episodes. My air passages are completely blocked; I cannot inhale or exhale through my nose or mouth. The only method that helps is when my husband taps and sometimes pounds on my upper back between my shoulder blades. He also taps my upper chest and rubs my chest. This happens quite often; thankfully my husband has been nearby at each episode. If it were not for him, I know I would absolutely be gone. There is no way I could get myself out of this situation. There is absolutely nothing in my air passage. There are times when I cannot breathe for at least 7 or 10 plus minutes. At the end of this treatment I will start burping up a bit of liquid that stays in the air passage. It almost feels like burping after a swig of soda. There have been several times when my husband was about to call 911; so far he hasn't. I am unable to talk during this treatment, however I will pound on my shoulder hard to let him know to pound harder or, of course, motion for him to use the telephone. I know I would not be able to hold off for the medics to arrive! Thank goodness for my husband for he has saved my life even after waking him from a sound sleep; he knows exactly how to treat my condition! This is really scary stuff for both of us! We plan to take classes at our local Red Cross to help one another if and when instances like this occur.

Comment from: Sebsue, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I often choke on water or liquid. Not usually on solid food. I cannot breathe through my mouth or nose. There is not much anyone seems to be able to do to help. I keep gasping for air and after, what seems like a long time but in fact is about 15 seconds, I slowly am able to take in air. It is very scary.

Comment from: Sand Dollar, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I choked drinking a glass of water. This happened so fast I could not breathe at all, not even with my nose. I knew I was going to die. No time to call rescue. My husband quickly grabbed me up and took me to my CPAP machine, put it on me and thank goodness I was able to slowly able to breathe again. I know I wasn’t going to breath on my own. The way it was I knew I would not be able to hold on for the medics to get me help! I thank my wonderful husband for life!

Comment from: menschwoman, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 28

My sister choked at a wedding reception. The first sign was saliva running out of the corner of her mouth. This is a sign of choking although you do not mention is here, as the victim cannot swallow their own saliva. The Heimlich maneuver was performed and her airway was cleared, thank goodness.

Comment from: ccdl78, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

What a harrowing choking experience I had a week ago. While taking my medications, I began choking on one of my pills. It felt like it was foaming up in my throat causing me to wheeze, cough and vomit. I was able to phone a friend for help who came right away and called the ambulance for me. I continued to vomit and cough on the way to the emergency room (ER). The vomiting helped clear my airway. I was given a gastrointestinal cocktail to help with irritated throat. They took an x-ray of my lungs to see if I had aspirated into them. X-ray was clear, but later that day and next morning I was coughing which has lasted the last 6 days. I've been coughing up phlegm and will see my primary care physician (PCP) for further evaluation and treatment. I hope I never experience that again.

Comment from: kmjones, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

Today my 15 year old son and I stopped for a piece of chicken. I took one bite of a chicken leg and I've no idea what happened exactly, but I was badly choking. I was crying and trying to tell my son to do the Heimlich maneuver. I couldn't breathe and truly thought I'd pass out. My son tried the maneuver but I don't think he did it hard enough (probably didn't want to hurt his mom). So then my son approached an employee for help. All she said was to tell me to raise my arms. That's it! There were 3 people together with that girl and not one offered to help or show any concern. So my son came back to me and I told him through my choking to hit me in the back, hard, he did that several times and I swallowed a little water and suddenly I could breathe again. Of course, I got foaming and vomiting but it eventually stopped. My son is my hero... poor kid. I am just really disappointed with the lack of help from the employees and from the numerous customers. I know my son felt helpless and alone.

Comment from: Anna , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I was choking after eating egg on toast, and afterwards my wrists are very sore.

Comment from: Ahsh, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

Choking on kiwifruit I screamed and life flashed past me. I'm glad I'm still here.

Comment from: Moana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I have severe pain in my inner wrists, and extreme burning sensation, when I choke.

Comment from: meah jones, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I was attacked and choked until I passed out. I can breathe fine but I can’t swallow or cough because it hurts too badly. I don’t want to see a doctor because I can’t afford it.

Comment from: Lee, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 06

My boyfriend was eating eggs and toast and immediately I saw him take a bite and pass out. I didn't even see him cough or turn blue, he just passed out when he tried to swallow. He was out for maybe 15 to 20 seconds, went limp, then woke up and said I choked. I wonder what would cause this when there was no object, no coughing spell, nothing that seemed lodged in his throat but I guess there was, but I don’t know why he passed out so quickly. Then it happened again a few years later. He does live alone and I do not know if it's happened to him before, but this last time he passed out the same way and it might have been even something he was drinking and he passed out. His right hand and arm shook for about 3 or 4 seconds and then he came to.

Comment from: Pasillas s, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I ate some meat but I think it got lodged somewhere else because even water doesn’t stay down.

Comment from: steve, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 24

My husband recently started choking on liquids. I was told not to give liquid to him however that is all he asks for. I wonder if partly frozen water or slush would be okay.

Comment from: gamgam23, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I have been choking on my own saliva where I am not able to breath and my whole body convulses in a sharp pain when I am trying to gasp for air. It happens almost every week.

Comment from: gail, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

My issue is not choking on food, but just simply choking on soup, water, and soda. I can be eating broth and it seems that it goes down wrong and causes me to not be able to get my breath or my speech. Sometimes scares me.

Comment from: Bobbiecinderee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I had a piece of chicken stuck in my throat! I was trying to cough it up and my pregnant daughter doesn't know the Heimlich maneuver. It was the scariest five minutes of my life trying to throw myself on a chair and on the edge if my kitchen countertop. I am so thankful I could dislodge the food without choking on some of my own vomit that made its way around the chicken caught in my windpipe!

Comment from: choking, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I was driving to work today and started choking. Fortunately, the traffic was heavy and we were stopped. I could not get any air in and started to feel like I was going to pass out. I took a small drink of water and a tiny bit of air passed and I was able to start coughing. Eventually I was able to breath but with a hoarse raspy noise with each breath. Now I find my tongue is very sore and I am hardly able to talk or swollow. My voice is hoarse, I have a headache and feel nauseous. My wrists are extremely painful due me holding the steering wheel a bit tight. I have had a few choking episodes lately but this was the worst, maybe because I was in the car sitting and couldn't try to thrust myself against a chair or something to push the air out. I was so scared and am worried about it happening again.

Comment from: luckyme, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 12

I guess, at one time or another, we all have "thought" we were choking. Let me tell you how far wrong you are, last night I took my pills, and before I could get a sip of water to my lips, I choked! I knew what was happening, but I was helpless, and of course I was alone, what a fright. I gagged, I tried to cough, I tried to spit them up, nothing worked. My air supply was cut off! Panicked that I was going to die, right there in the bathroom with nobody around, I tried to clear the air pipe with my finger, maybe, just maybe I got a little opening, but I was gasping for air, needing a lot more than I was getting. I tried to call 911, but I could not speak. I got a little water in my mouth, hoping to wash the pills up or down, I had to have some relief, just a little better. Still gasping I went to the yard, called 911 again, and asked what emergency room was near me. They wanted to send an ambulance, but I knew that I had to move quicker, I got in my car, and drove to the emergency, still choking, but some relief. When I entered the doors, the staff saw my condition, and moved quickly, first to clear the airway, and second to calm me down. For what seemed like a long time, all I could do was spit up a film, which they said was normal. Then I returned to normal. I was finally discharged, but I was not about to go back home, alone. I went to an all-night cafe, and drank hot tea till dawn. This was a first, and I hope a last, but I have learned that there are things you can do for yourself, so I am studying the methods. I was lucky. I really thought that I was too young to die. The luck was that the pill that "stuck" in my air pipe, melted. Had it been food, I would have made the paper, as to a mystery death of a 73 year old man.

Comment from: justanothermom, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 27

My son who has Down syndrome and autism was choking on a peach pit. He ate the entire peach. Tears were coming from his eyes and he couldn't seem to take a breath. I cleared the food from his mouth and back of his throat first;, then pounded on his back, between shoulder blades. He is very lucky to be alive. We live in a rural area, and it might be ten-fifteen minutes before an ambulance would get here.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I have GERD which has been progressing quickly and one of my most disturbing symptoms is choking. I choke on anything food, water or even just breathing sometimes. I have had a barium swallow and two endoscopies but several doctors cannot seem to find anything.

Comment from: Darlene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have had (2) Nisse Fundoplication's; first one I was done in error and I almost died; second one was done but it's quite snug and I almost choked the other night, with froth foaming, etc., It was the most terrifying experience of my life. This is a condition, due to a doctor error that I have to live with the rest of my life with no recourse. I am very afraid too, because I am unable to vomit any longer because of this procedure, and if I ever get stomach sick, flu, or anything else which makes me want to vomit, I have to go to E.R. immediately. I am so frustrated over all of this, and absolutely nothing I can do about it.

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