Your not going to believe this!
I thought I had listed all the things that could cause a
Laryngospasm in my last blog post, but I’d missed quite a few, so here they are. And I’m not promising that I still haven’t missed some.
1) tickly cough.
2) dry mouth .
3) pepper, and it might just be a tiny bit of pepper catching the back of your throat. So no more black pepper for me, unless it’s very finely ground.
5) a tickle at the back of my throat.
Trying to lead an everyday existence when you are afraid of so many ordinary things because it could cause me trouble....trust me, it’s not easy.
OK! Now let’s get to where I should have been at the start of this.
Theses are the things I have found help me to either stop a laryngospasm before it develops and goes into a full blown spasm.
1) Bach flower rescue remedy spray, I never go anywhere without it. I always have some in my handbag. I have some in the fridge in our kitchen, so that’s down stairs covered and I also have a bottle on my bedside table, so that’s upstairs covered.
When I can feel a spasm coming on, and it’s a bit difficult for me to be able to describe this, I just know, as I’m sure you do if you suffer from them like me. The first thing I do Is give myself a good few sprays of the remedy into my mouth.
When my throat closes completely I can not swallow anything, but I can spray rescue remedy into my mouth, and it will eventually get to my throat and help the muscles in my throat to relax.
2) If the spasm is just beginning I can swallow....so I always carry a small bottle of water everywhere I go. Then if I feel a tickle or my mouth goes dry or anything that alerts me to the possibility of a spasm starting, I can have a few sips of water. Not loads, just sips and lots of them. This usually stops the spasm from developing.
3) I always spray rescue remedy into my mouth before I get into bed at night time. This helps to stop anything happening as I’m falling asleep. (That used to be the worst time for me).
4) I need someone, anyone to tell me to calm down, because if a spasm is going full blown it’s the most frightening thing most people will ever experience. So....my husband knows if he hears our kitchen pan lids being clashed together he needs to come running. Because contrary to what you read, when a spasm is moving up a gear, I can’t shout for help, I can hardly speak. So the pan lids do that for me. He knows to keep telling me to calm down and of course he would then be with me if I lost consciousness. If it were to happen in bed, I have a bell on the bedside table, to ring in his ear to wake him up. Thank God we have not had to use this. (Yet).
5) Breath through your nose....and oh boy that’s not easy when your panicking for air. The obvious is to breath in through your mouth to try and get More oxygen, but that’s not the answer. The only way to calm your throat spasm is to breath in through your nose and keep your mouth tight shut. Sounds easy, but it’s not!
6)Last but not least, I call out to God, my guardian Angels and my father to help me. Might sound daft to you, but it works for me.
I have been told by a doctor, that if I should pass out because of lack of oxygen my throat will relax, and then I will be able to breath.... and that’s supposed to make me feel better!!!
Again I’ve got to say thank God it’s not happened to me when I’ve been out shopping.
It did once happen at a restaurant when we were on holiday. A tiny bit of pepper corn sparked an episode. My husband and daughter were with me, so I wasn’t alone. Horrible!
And I had a very near miss at a party. My own fault, I was talking as I was drinking a glass of wine. I somehow managed to stop it from going full blown, but you should have seen the looks I was getting from people all around me, they didn’t know what to do, so they just stared!
I have to be very careful, but you know, we all forget!!!!
I make no apologies for my last few blogs being about Laryngospasms because I know there are people with MS who have these and lots of people who do not have MS who also
I could not believe my own MS specialists didn’t seem to know what I was describing to him, that’s why he sent the specialist speech and swallowing nurse to me. It was she who diagnosed me.
Yet, all those years ago in 1980 to be precise, the Professor who diagnosed me with Multiple Sclerosis asked me at the time if I ever had trouble with my throat as I was falling asleep. And he had spent his life researching MS. Bless him where ever he is now.
I think that’s all.
I do hope I have been able to help someone with this information.
This is one of the reasons I love what I do so much.
I have a new patient, and what a lot of giggles I and his aunty have had with him.
I wish I could put a photo of him on here for you all to see.
His aunt has taken a few of him in my healing room, so sometime in the future I may be able to show them to you.
This young man is 15years of age, but it’s very difficult to put a mental age on him. He reminds me of my grandson when he was four. He was able to go to the toilet on his own, but he couldn’t wipe his bottom, and this is our young man. He’s only recently got out of nappies through the day, so he’s doing really well. He’s still in nappies at night, but each day now is seeing a difference in him.
He doesn’t talk, but he can make himself understood, with grunts and giggles. He waves goodby when he’s leaving and almost says bye.
Apparently the problem occurred while he was in his mummy’s tummy, somewhere between 16-24 weeks, the right and left side of his brain didn’t fuse properly causing his brain not to work like yours and mine.
He's an adorable handful.
His aunty is bringing him to me for his treatments to give his mum and dad a rest.
He spent his first treatment getting on and off my healing bed, then dragging his aunty onto the bed to be beside him. Then he found he could get under the cover on the bed. So that’s where he went spent the last part of his treatment, along with his iPad (Pepper Pig being his favourite).
It made no difference to me what so ever. Brick walls wouldn’t stop the healing energy, so he still received healing, just through the towelling cover.
The second time he came, he ran into my room, jumped onto the bed without being asked and lay down. Then of course, he disappeared again under the towelling sheet. And that’s where he stayed for half an hour. I didn’t try and make him stay any longer, half an hour for him being still and quite was amazing.
And this last Saturday, again up on the bed without being asked. After half an hour I told him he could get off the bed if he’d like to, but no, he wanted more, about ten minutes more. Then he got out from under the sheet, got off the bed and came straight to me and gave me a kiss.
Oh boy....I was taken aback by his spontaneous show of affection towards me....I loved it.
Somewhere in his brain he knows what I’m doing (the healing energy) is helping him.
Apparently he sleeps from eight o’clock at night until eight thirty next morning after his treatments. Which apparently is amazing for him. His mum came the second time with aunty to see what was happening at his treatment, she loved it. She’s telling friends and family that he is so much calmer.
Thank you Lord for the wonderful energy that flows through me.
And thank you for the love I’m often unexpectedly shown.
I’ve got my breath back now after relating to you my horrendous experience, my first full blown laryngospasm.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Emily for taking the time to send me a comment on that post, it meant a lot to me, my effort was not in vain. My grateful thanks Emily.
Now I need to explain what causes a Laryngospasm to occur in the first place.
Please remember this is me, it might not be someone else.
1) A drop of fluid and it doesn’t matter what it is. Water, milk, juice or wine, anything at all.
2) An intake of breath the wrong way. Don’t ask how a breath can be wrong, it just can be.
3) Gulping when your drinking, again anything.
4) Dentist’s water spray when your teeth are being cleaned, or the air spray when your having a filling. If the water from the spray hits the back of your throat, or if the air hits the back of your throat, yes air. Doesn’t bare thinking about).
5) Don't ever speak as your swallowing and gulp at the same time, fatal.
6) A crumb, yes a tiny crumb of food catching the back of my throat as you breath in.
All of the above can happen in a split second with no warning and then trouble will begin.
7) If I’m feeling stressed I’m more likely to have a spasm.
8) When my voice gets tired, as it does, then I need to be careful. I need to stop talking and give it a rest.
If I’ve forgot anything, please forgive me.
If anyone out there knows of any other causes, please get in touch with me.
I think you can see it’s not mouthfuls of anything. It’s not gerd (your food coming back up), it’s not food stuck in your throat, it’s got nothing to do with chocking with anything, so the Heimlich manoeuvre will not help you in anyway.
I did forget to mention to you, that when I’m having or are about to have a spasm I am screaming out in my head for help. I call to God and I call to my father. When your frightened beyond words thinking your going to die, trust me, even someone with no faith in anything would be calling out for help. When I’m having a spasm I’m so engrossed with what’s happening to me that I can’t actually speak, I have no voice. So for me its great that the two people (I use that word loosely) I trust most in the Universe can hear me without me talking out loud.
Now, what can you do to try and stop an episode from happening and if one does, what can you do to try and help yourself from it turning into a full blown spasm.
Ok! I started to try and write this and I got in a bit of a muddle, so I’m going to give myself another break and think about all the things I do,. I’m going to list them all down in case I forget anything.
I’ll be back in a couple of days.