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    Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 9:03pm
  I was wondering if any other Barrett's sufferers have had episodes of sleep-related laryngospasm?   This is a frightening short episode of nocturnal choking that is associated with reflux disease.
   Before I was diagnosed with Barrett's,  I would experience  these episodes and attribute them to a possible sinus infection, or a sleep apnea condition.  It is quite frightening as you are awakened out of sound sleep gasping for air. It takes a few seconds to catch your breath, and it may recur a few times in one night. My gastro explained that  it is uncommon, but related to acid exposure and contraction of the vocal chords that blocks the airway.
 Since I have been on PPI  (40mg x day) for the last year, I have had only one episode (last week), and it was bad...even after waking, I had trouble getting full breath.  I nearly woke my wife to ask her to call for a medic.  Finally while sitting up I eventually started breathing normally.   I feel this a setback of my condition.
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