• Aspiration from drinking/eating. Have any of you had problems with things continually going down the wrong way?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Saturday, July 6, 2019

    Aspiration from drinking/eating. Have any of you had problems with things continually going down the wrong way?

    I have had my throat stretched twice, the first time helped, the second time I couldn't tell any difference. Now, lately I have had things go down the wrong way several times. Now, when I am laying down I have this gurgling noise in my chest. I am assuming it's from the liquids getting in my lungs. I have coughed so much my chest is sore. I guess it's time for a trip to Nashville to my Doctor.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      I seem to have some congenital dysphagia, as things go down the wrong way almost daily. More difficulty swallowing pills as well. That's a pain when you take 200+ pills weekly. :-(
      I do not need another doctor, but if it gets worse, off to be scoped I go.

      3 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      Greg, I am sorry to hear that you are having some troubles. I hate when things "go down the wrong pipe" occasionally, so I can imagine how it must be when it happens often. I hope that you can get into your doctor's sooner rather than later. Keep us posted. Take care.

      3 months ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar
      Paperpusher

      My hubby starts coughing and sneezing while he's eating. We don't know if it's because part of his throat is numb from his stroke or from the radiation. or something else. He half teases that he's going to die from this because he's afraid of getting badly choked.

      3 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I hope that you get into the doctor very soon. Fluid in your lungs can cause pneumonia.

      3 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have an appointment for the 25th to see my ENT Oncologist to get scoped again. maybe she will have some answers.

      @Paperpusher, what a coincidence, I say that too. I have passed out 3 times from choking, losing air and dropping out. I have since learned how to handle it when it happens to keep it from happening. I have learned to breathe slowly in, to not suck it down farther, then cough as hard as I can. Usually, poof, it comes flying out. It does make me nervous though that one of these times it's going to be a more serious episode.

      3 months ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar
      Paperpusher

      @gregp I hope you get some answers at your appointment. Hubby has never passed out thank goodness. Losing air yes. I'm prepared to do the heimlich if needed even if I have to roll him on the floor and jump on him. He's got over a hundred pounds on me so now picking him up.

      3 months ago
    • Kawagrl's Avatar
      Kawagrl

      Hope things work out positive for you. I always have trouble swallowing. I choke all the time. Very scary.

      3 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Not me Greg, but a close friend of mine who had throat cancer. He eventually had to have a feeding tube (eckk!) inserted as his problem was quite serious, he couldn't eat anything without it
      going into his lungs. That solved his problem, and he managed quite well after that. Hope you
      find a comfortable solution, soon, best wishes!

      3 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Anyone who thinks they are aspirating fluid into their lungs needs to see a doctor as soon as possible. It can/will cause pneumonia, and there has been someone on this site who had to get a feeding tube because of it. It's not anything to joke about, but there is therapy for it.

      My mother had to have a feeding tube to avoid aspiration, and she never was able to eat or drink again.

      3 months ago

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