My last three exacerbations since having a cyst surgically removed from my throat have featured very frightening spasms of the larynx where it closes off completely - last winter for about 30 seconds and i thought i was dying (and I'm someone who's had asthma since early adulthood and well used to being out of breath).
Laryngospasm is not uncommon with anaesthesia and post operative states, and can happen when the larynx gets irritated, including from the mucus of colds and flu. Its sometimes called "dry drowning" and you can pass out from lack of oxygen as no breath can pass in either direction - at which point the tissue relaxes and you can breathe again as they helpfully told me at the hospital. Thank heavens that bit hasn't happened to me so far but it did land me in hospital last winter for the first time since diagnosis.
Ive been researching all day and found loads of info and a few tips to manage it but i wondered about personal experiences of anyone here? All the sites say its terrifying (i.e. for "normal" breathers) but none talk about the added problem of having it at the same time as having a lung disease and being low on oxygen - it seems to make my oxygen plummet even though there has been little infection on the lungs in each of the last three flare-ups and the spasms have been constant
I'd love to hear from anyone else who's had this. Any helpful suggestions hugely appreciated.
Enjoy the weekend folks