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Bile coming up the throat. Entered wrong pipe, caused breathing problem. Reason?

I woke last night with bile coming out my mouth, but I d also seemed to breath some in and it went down the wrong hole I could not get my breath for a while and it was really frightening. Could you please tell me 1) why bile would/should come up while I m asleep, and 2) why this should stop my breathing . It felt as if I had a blockage deep down in my windpipe
Asked On : Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned by you suggest that you might be having Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
1. In GERD, there is reflux of acid/bile from stomach to esophagus due to relaxation of the sphincter at the lower part of esophagus.
2. This acid/bile if enters into the respiratory passage can cause obstruction to breathing.

Management consists of:
1. Lifestyle modification- like weight reduction, sleeping on the left side, or with upper body raised.
2. Dietary modification- avoid consuming irritating substances such as acidic & rich foods, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
3. Medical management- Proton pump inhibitors like Omeprazole, Pantoprazole,etc. (which prevent acid formation in stomach)

If symptoms still persist, it will be better to consult a Gastroenterologist.
Investigation like Endoscopy will be helpful.

There is no need to worry...you will be fine.
Wish you a good health & speedy recovery.
Thanks & Take care.

You can ask me a direct query on this website using the below link: http://www.healthcaremagic.com/doctors/dr-polash-sannigrahi/64925
Answered: Tue, 21 May 2013
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