I am a Type 2 diabetic, age 47, diagnosed for " for nabout 10 yrs. I find myself sometimes "choking" for no apparent reason, even when I'm not eating. It feels like when your food "goes down the wrong pipe" or just seems to close up and then I having a coughing fit and its gotten so bad that I have thrown up. I'm not actually choking because I can still talk. It happens at no particular time, but is very scary to me and my family and very embarassing if out in public! Does anyone else experience this and what if anything can be done. Is it caused by nerve damage. I have severe neuropathy of hands and feet also.
Thanks for your reply. I think it seems like my throat just closes up for an instant. And it doesn't always happen when I'm eating, sometimes just swallowing can trigger it. I have never hiccupped, just terrible coughing that can last several minutes followed by a really irritated throat. I can sometimes catch it and somewhat stop it from happening. Its a joke in my family no to upset me or make me laugh too hard and they say "NO CHOKE< NO CHOKE!"
I'm going to see a new neurolgist soon and hope to get some info, but many docs out there dont really listen and just write a script! I'd rather talk to someone who has the same symptoms. I may need to have a swallow test, which sounds scary to me.
please let me know what you found out. I have started doing this in the last six months and it is getting more frequently, it sounds exactly like what you are experiencing. I am planning on seeing the Doctor but thought I would see what you found out. Thanks