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Blocked throat sensation

Hi all. Just wondered if anyone else has experienced this?

Twice over the past few weeks I have been woken with the sensation that my throat is closing up an d I can't breathe. Not very nice. Ive also started snoring a lot, which I've never done before.

I do wake up at least once each night and am wondering if it's happening then too.

Would be interesting if anyone else has any ideas or experience? is it common in asthma? Still finding my way and am so over it.


X Sue

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I don't think that it is uncommon for asthma to get bad at night. In fact, today I was reading the guidelines for discharge from a&e and according to the hospital protocol, is it night? Is a consideration as asthma generally gets worse in the early morning. Waking in the night is also one of my main symptoms and something I have been told to look out for as a sign of worsening asthma.

Do you have allergies? On a personal level (and I am not saying this is the same for everyone), I find I snore more when I am suffering with nasal allergies due to post nasal drip. This also causes a sore throat due to mouth breathing and the drip itself. I experience an itchy sensation which feels like my throat is very swollen and closing up. Although it sounds scary, it is nothing like a serious allergic reaction and my asthma nurse says it looks more like irritation than swelling. If this is the case, a steriod nasal spray helps to control my pnd and drinking plenty relieves the sore throat and thins the mucus a bit (I find fizzing drinks particularly beneficial but apparently salt water is also recommended).


Thanks for your reply Kayla. I had a blood test for allergies done over the winter and nothing showed up. However, it is warming up here now and maybe pollen is a factor. I don't have hay fever though. Its almost like theres a flap in my throat which opens and closes as I breathe in and out. (This is the sensation I had as I awoke). A bit strange.

Thank you!

X Sue


I had a similar experience and ended up being admitted to hospital with a partial airway obstruction. After a few tests they said I had a type of reflux (I think it's laryngopharyngeal reflux) which apparently is quite common in asthma and also vocal cord dysfunction...again I was told can be quite common with asthma. When it happened I remember trying to tell everyone in a&e it wasn't my asthma, I could breathe out just getting air in was difficult for once, I also couldn't talk, eat, drink etc. very scary experience. I was referred to speech and language and ent, both showed me a few simple exercises of how to breathe through a minor attack of VCD to prevent it getting as bad in the future, and up to now (with a few added meds) it's worked! Maybe mention it to your GP, the only downside is for a fast easy diagnosis they said I had to be having an attack at the time they were looking with the camera, but symptoms and history can also be useful in suggesting the diagnosis.

Hope you get help!


Wow Jo! poor you. Hopefully I won't get that bad. I'm seeing my specialist on Monday so will let her know. Thanks for your help and info guys - forwarded is forearmed! X Sue


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