As my last two blogs were about Laryngospasms I thought it might be a good idea to try and explain to you what they are, and not from a text book or the web. From someone who suffers from them, me.
So here’s a birds eye view on a very terrifying problem.
But lets have a bit of background first.
It first began for me way back in the 1970’s. I would be just about to fall asleep when suddenly I would realise I was not breathing, no air was getting in, I found myself gulping, trying to get air into my mouth. I would sit bolt upright in bed and try to force a breath. It would only last for a few seconds but it was very frightening when it occurred.
Every time I mentioned it to my doctor I was told it was just ‘gerd’ - acid reflux, in other words food coming back up. And it didn’t matter how many times I told my doctor it had nothing to do with me having reflux of any kind, - that was that.
When I was eventually diagnosed with MS in 1980 one of the first things Professor Branson asked me was did I ever experience a chocking sensation at night before I went to sleep. I think you will be able to understand how I thought this man was my saviour.
He knew all my symptoms without me telling him, he knew what was wrong with me when no other doctor could be bothered with all my random symptoms.
Anyway, back to my Laryngospasms.
Fast forward a few years.
I had one or two nasty frights with not being able to breath for a few seconds, but this next episode terrified me.
And I’ll tell you all about it, next time.