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Crackling in my throat

When I lay down I hear crackling in my throat like it right at the top of my throat and it's crackling or wheezing sounds but really high pitched. Does anybody know what it could be?

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I did get this when I smoked. In your case it could be many things so best advice would be to get it checked out by GP.

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That's the sound I get, it is there most of the the time,but you hear it when lying down and all is quiet. It is associated to Bronchiectas, which is my conditions, but obviously could be something else. It's an indication of a medical problem. See your doctor straight away, get a referral to consultant. If it is Bronchiectasis only a CT can properly diagnose it. As with most conditions the sooner it it diagnosed the better to treat it. Good luck.

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I had the exact same symptoms and it turned out to be adult onset asthma.

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What did they give you for it as they think this may be my problem too....😢 But another doctor is saying mine could also be Reflux...😡 Truth is none of them really know.....

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Hi Dee, it took me a while to finally be diagnosed. My situation started when I went on holiday to Portugal where I got a really heavy cold not long after stepping off the plane. This then developed into a bad chest infection. Interestingly, I have never smoked nor had I ever had a chest infection before. I nursed the symptoms myself (coughing, copious green phlegm and weakness) although in hindsight I should have gone to a doctor for antibiotics. When I got home the cough got worse although the green phlegm had cleared. After a few weeks I experienced severe pain from my ribs and could hardly get in and out of the car. The cough and pain became so bad one evening that my partner took me to And E where they admitted me and immediately treated me for a chest infection before getting the results of my X-ray. However, my chest X-ray result subsequently came back clear for infection, although I had cracked a rib with all the coughing. I was discharged with painkillers and the antibiotics discontinued.

The coughing still continued for weeks and I had a strange whistling and crackling sound when lying in bed and a constant need to clear my throat. Winter approached and my symptoms exacerbated and so I went to my GP. He suggested it could be adult onset asthma and sent me to A and E where I was admitted me to a respiratory ward. This time I saw a consultant who sounded me and heard the wheezing, whistling and crackling and diagnosed asthma. The X-ray was again clear of infection. Instead of antibiotics I was commenced on steroid nebulisers and inhaler treatment. They kept me in for a week until the symptoms improved. Although I didn't wish to have asthma, it was a relief to finally get a diagnosis and, subsequently, appropriate treatment.

How did your problems start Dee?

Regards.

Susan

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Omg I can't believe what I am reading.... mine started last year in October..after I had been in Turkey.. continuous chest infections put on antibiotics and steroids one course after another coughing green phlegm ect.... Sputum test and x rays came back clear very frustrating by now it was January and still rough finally had a CT scan in March of this year when they said lungs were clear but a couple of scars on the bottom of my left lung... April went to see an ENT consultant at lister hospital Stevenage..... who said I think it's Reflux...! Cos I also lost my voice twice in 3 months said take my ombrazole twice a day instead of once... and it will clear the phlegm...! It didn't...and still have phlegm in my throat and constant wheezing....then was referred to Bedford who he thinks I have onset of asthma he gave me seretide in a pump and I used it for 3 weeks but made me cough more as it's powder and it stuck at the back of my throat..! I am so fed up 😢...! I am still under the hospital but no idea where it's going to go next...x

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Dee, did you ever find out what was wrong? I have the same symptoms. Thanks.

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Try seretide inhaler not powder. Also Mucodyne thins the phlegm or mucus . Ask your Doctor.

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Thank you Susan,

You have explained my symptoms verbatim.

It sometimes seems the noises are coming from somewhere else and then I would realise that it was my throat.

It all just started out of the blue last March.

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Hello Ian,

Have you been to your GP yet?

Susan

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Yes Susan,

I pretty much did exactly as your story except for the stay in hospital and the cracked ribs (despite the massive amount of deep coughing). I had a scan of my chest with dye which came up all clear. Then a couple of weeks later I got a head cold and the whole thing flared up again. But this time I knew what to do.

I just have to accept that I will have asthma from now on and jump onto the preventer inhaler whenever I get a cold. On the positive side I just found out that the flu jab is free if you have asthma.

Thanks for asking and I hope all is well with you.

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Ian, if there is any positive aspect to be had, at least you have a diagnosis. I hope you don't mind my mentioning that asthmatics should be permanently on a preventer whether or not you have a cold. The treatment inhaler should only be used if you are manifesting symptoms. Sorry, it's the district nurse coming out in me!

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Hi Susan,

No I don't mind. When my infection cleared the consultant said to wean off the Preventer (brown, Clenil, steroid) inhaler altogether and if symptoms return then to start back onto it, which is the case currently.

I use the reliever (blue, Ventolin) inhaler daily whenever I feel I need it. My diagnosis is Mild Asthma (non-atopic).

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I'm with you Merrykat - I understand that the GP has advised you to wean yourself off the Clenil Ian, but if you're needing Salbutamol every day, then it's vital that you prevent the asthma in the first place - the blue pump (Salbutamol) is only a boost. I'm not a doctor, just lived with asthma for 38 years and mild or not, you need that brown pump EVERY day. Not trying to 'best' your GP, but asthmatics know asthma! Plus having once been told by a GP to limit the pumps I used of a particular brand because "its expensive" I listen to my lungs now, NOT the one more concerned about the purse strings than my health! Hope you're better 😁

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Sounds like it could be mucus waiting to be released. I can't lie on my back for this reason - it always makes me cough, which I need to do as I have Bronchiectasis. But, yes, it needs checking.

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If you have COPD or bad chest with mucas it is common. It is flem in the top of your throat, give it a good few caughs and loosed it up.

I get it many times.

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I have crackling too bwelter42 and have a disease of the small airways. Talk to your doctor. Take care.

Cas xx 🌹🍀🌹

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Hi bwelter,

I had the exact same problem. It has completely disappeared since I started taking lansoprazole to treat suspected gastric acid reflux.

I have had mild to moderate asthma for about 34 years (I am 38 now). I have never been able to come off medications. Several years ago my asthma got significantly worse, coupled with sleep apnoea which led to sleepiness in daytime and headaches etc. On feature of this long episode was crackling "in the throat", mainly when I inhaled, and I could only hear it when lying down. It was right at the base of the throat (sort of centred at the depression right above the rib cage), plus a centimetre below and a few centimetres above that. This was also accompanied by a slight but significant wheeze in that could barely be heard but that I knew was making it slightly difficult for me to breathe.

My consultant prescribed lansoprazole suspecting, because of all of my symptoms and the fact that medicines for treating asthma, even in very high regular doses, seemed to have stopped working. Note that the asthma was not severe but it was persistent and not fully responsive to treatment despite several treatment changes. Moreover, all test results - pulmonary function tests, chest xrays, blood tests etc were normal.

Within a week of starting lansoprazole, my asthma had disappeared (I still require daily medication of course but do not feel asthma anymore). But I only fully realised what else had got better when I had to stop it for a few weeks before an endoscopy: Within five days of stopping lansoprazole, my asthma had got worse and I couldn't sleep well at night. Occasional crackling "in the throat" when lying down had resumed accompanied by a low-grade wheeze and slight difficulty in breathing.

My guess is stomach acid going into the lungs (which is what causes heartburn) can lead, in some people, to excess mucus production in the top part of the lungs which produces crackling sounds. This somehow accumulates at the base of the throat/right at the top of the lungs. Moreover, it happens mainly when lying down perhaps because a) all is quiet so you can hear more b) when lying down, maybe it is easier for acid to reflux into the lungs.

PLEASE SEE A CONSULTANT/DOCTOR though as many conditions can cause crackling sounds when breathing and some of those are very serious. You need to be seen by a doctor. Because my asthma was not responding to treatment, I was referred to a specialist. Your GP might be able to do the same for you.

Hope it helps!

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i also have been told it could be reflux but i also have itchy eyes and skin...

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I experience thesame apparently it's to do with inflamed larynx I was referred to physio which has helped a bit might be good idea to ask your gp to refer you to ent hope this helps

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I have this too and I have bronchiectasis and pulmonary fibrosis I think as the others have said it’s caused by a built up of mucus for me x

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I get this was told it was secretions at the back of my throat probably caused by a combination of post nasal drip and acid reflux

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Will update later when at my PC, very interesting thread this - sounds so much like my issues - with a twist!

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I am still struggling with this, Nexium does help but now that I've tried coming off it the noise has gotten worse again; any new info on this?

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I used to have this! Sounds like a wheeze?

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I was diagnosed last year after a nasty chest infection with adult onset asthma.

I take Fostair. I’m meant to take it two puffs morning and evening.. but when we’ll manage with one puff a day... never the blue one.

Recently I have taken it morning and evening as I seem to be sensitive to pollen. My doctor has also advised constant anti histamine morning and night and this really helps!

I hope you find a good solution.

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It sounds like a crackle, or pop rocks like the first poster mentioned,

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I seen your post and noted it was from a year ago and wondering if it was resolved? About a week ago I started having a popping, cracklings meowing, sizzling sound coming from my throat. A few days later I went to the dr and she said I had bronchitis. I’m on zpack for the bronchitis and an albuteral inhaler for the lungs but I’m still having the sounds coming from my throat especially when I lay down. I also have chills, then burning hot, nausea, dizziness, cough, bad chest pain especially when laying on my tummy, overall weakness and diarrhea. Sounds like a party, I know. Lol

Hoping you can tell me what was causing your issues and hope your feeling better.

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Hi, did you get to the bottom of this? I've the same symptoms as you x

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I have the same symptoms as well. Did you get a diagnosis? thanks.

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This is an interesting conversation, I hadn’t seen it, thanks for reviving it. I get popping noises in my throat, I didn’t even know it’s a thing, I thought it was just me. It sounds like popping candy and happens near the top of my throat I suppose, like at the bottom of my neck kind of height. It doesn’t happen all the time, just from time to time. I’ve had asthma my whole life so it can’t be adult onset asthma unless that’s something else. I too would be interested to know what was causing the issues.

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I am currently having this problem 3 chest infections with wheezing in three month. X-rays clear been to the drs had 4 lots of antibiotics which work for a couple of weeks then it comes back. I have been told it is reflux and given lanzoprazol which I have been taking for a week weeks now. But my chest infection has come back with vengeance this time wheezing crackling and random bubbling in my throat I have not managed to eat over Xmas so lost a stone since Xmas eve. I don’t really know what to do

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I've still have this, I've been to many doctors for it an neither of them have a clue; the real cause seems to be mucus going down your throat to the airways, this is done by the body to compensate for reflux going down the airways. The best advice is to not eat or drink anything for 3 hours before going to bed. If anybody gets a firm diagnosis please come back to post here.

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LPR go to your ENT or gastroenterologist ask for them to do a upper GI

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Go to your ENT , is your thorat swelling or have any ulcers on your thorat or tonsils , I've been doing this and it got bad to where my tonsils was sweallin up , I was getting choked on food or drinks, I had ulcers but the cracklings sound started first when laying down and then it lead to all that and I was diagnosed with LPR witch is a acid reflux that happens at night while laying down and most don't feel the acid destroying your esophagus and thorat but it is ..It's very serious I was first told I had sleep apnea cause I wasn't sleeping well , would snore sometime and stop breathing too but it all was from damage and swelling the acid was causing ..Go to your ENT they will order a upper GI test ... This is a serious condition that can lead to more serious issues including esophagus cancer !!

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Hello! I have the same issue...sounds like meowing crackling popping...like pop rocks candy. Was informed it was GERD. Basically acid reflux.. You are hearing your stomach acid because when you are laying down the "opening" isn't shutting as it should. Sometimes the acid can even come into the esophagus and burn. I am being vague as what I know is vague. So before you tell me I'm wrong, I already know. This is just my experience.

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This is called Rales. Its an abnormal lung sound characterized by discontinuous clicking, crackling or rattling sounds. I hear this 'rice krispies' sound all the time and mine, I think, is caused by my COPD. You can check out this rales page @ (https://www.easyauscultation.com/rales) and even listen to an example of what is sounds like.

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I had this when I was ill two years ago. I thought I was dying. The doctor just shrugged and said “you have rails”. Now, I’m sitting here in the couch in perfect health and I can feel and hear those bubbles again. I looked up rails but cannot find anything about them.

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Rales appears to be a term used for the sounds:

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I've had asthma for 11 months, and get the crackle/wheeze noises too now. More noticeable in feeling and sound at night. It's been worse and more frequent with higher pollen levels recently too - something I'll mention to the nurse next time I see her, but does feel like a type of congestion.

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I have sleep apnea and also GERD, I recently had an upper GI and everything is normal. I still have the crackling noise and it has been 2 years. Other than some white tongue with no apparent reason and my usual panic attacks I really have no idea what this could be.

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This sounds exactly like what I have. The crackling seems to be coming from the area near my soft and hard palates, not from my chest/lungs. Is anyone else having the same feeling? I had my chest xrayed and my lungs were clear.

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I have been dealing with similar issues since May. I have been to multiple doctors, 3 ER visits, and an ENT. All have told me my chest x-rays are clear and treat me for bronchitis. The ENT diagnosed me with severe acid reflex and Im suppose to see a pulmonologist this month. The wheezing and crackling (sounds like it’s coming from my throat) is getting worse by the day. I do not sleep at night. I’m up coughing all night. Most nights it feels like my throat is closing shut. I have a nebulizer and have been on 3 rounds of steroids. Nothing seems to help anymore. I’m beginning to freak myself out at this point, as nothing is helping me.

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I'm so very sorry. Have they done a CAT Scan? My doctor has mentioned that but I haven't done it yet.

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Hello Sam and Ising

I can comment on crackling sounds when breathing. They were one of the first things I noticed when I realised I was finding it hard to breathe. For me I learned that my crackling came from the base of my lungs because they were not inflating properly. The smallest airways were in effect dying off to state it simply. In some people it's because the airways are filled with mucous.

I still have crackles from my left lung now, since I recently had a right lung transplant. They will not be able to see the damage if in fact you have any damage of your small airways by x-ray. Mine was so infinite even the CT scan could not show it. I was diagnosed with Obliterative Bronchiolitis by a spirometry tests, six minute walk tests, blood has tests and I can't recall what else.

I would ask for a spirometry test if you haven't already had one. Please remember that the above is just my experience with crackles. It does not mean you have what I have. 😊 I hope you will let us know how you are doing.

Sending best wishes,

Cas xx 🙋🐕

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