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.