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#1 Bird Lady

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 04:53 AM

Hello All, Remember I told ya'll Birdman had his first cyclophosphamide treatment about two weeks ago and he did real well. Well, in the last week, twice now, while he was asleep he would wake up choking and coughing. Sounding real wet in his chest. It would take him about 10 to 15 min to really get over it. Is this normal? Has anyone else ever had this problem?
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Posted 19 May 2007 - 05:47 AM

Hello Bird Man's Wife,

This would definitely be something to mention to his doctors, especially since it has happened more than once in the last week. It could be he has worsened lung involvement, infection, heartburn, asthma or whatever. Odds are, it may be something treatable, and they do want to keep a close eye on people who are on cyclophosphamide. So please mention it to his doctors, and let us know what happens.
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Posted 19 May 2007 - 10:41 AM

Hi, Birdman's Wife

Shelley has given you excellent advice. You may also find it useful to read the other thread on choking which is an interesting discussion of various experiences by other forum members. I was wondering when I read your post if Birdman is sleeping flat on his bed or if he is elevated to keep stomach contents from flowing back into his throat. Even a few drops of this can cause choking. Good luck with sorting out this problem.
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Posted 19 May 2007 - 10:51 AM

As everyone has said, you definately want to tell the doctors about it. I choke in my sleep, but it is from reflux. I have had aspiration pneumonia 4 times because of it. My lung doctor says he thinks I aspirate without choking sometimes too. He called it "silent aspiration". It is an awful feeling to be awaken by choking.
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Posted 19 May 2007 - 01:09 PM

Hello Wife,
As already mentioned, it could be many things. When that happens to me, it's usually due to reflux. As Carrie mentioned, if reflux is suspected then Birdman should be sleeping elevated and on his left side. Definitely mention this to the doctor! I hope he finds the cause and there's an easy solution.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 03:36 AM

I totally agree with the others about the reflux. My rheumatologist has been quite worried about me recently since I've had some choking episodes during the night.
I had this probelm years ago and it unfortunately led to pneumonia ( Asperation pneumona) It's very important to sleep with raised pillows or to elevate the head of the bed a couple of inches by putting a couple of blocks under the frame.
I still do it occasionally and it's extremely frightening. Try to limit intake of food after 6pm in the evening especially food which aggravates reflux.

I hope you find some relief for him?

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Barbs xx

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 11:15 AM

Not normal at all, but something that I think happens to many of us. Please consult his doctor as soon as possible. My reflux has caused me to do this several times. I've actually woken up with vomit in my mouth, which could lead to aspiration (sucking it into the lungs) and can cause death. There was a time I had the head of my bed up on blocks to keep me at an angle to decrease the possibility of aspiration.

Keep us posted.
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