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Unable to breath and choking. Should I be concerned?

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Female 60 180 5 ft 8 last night I laid down at 7:00 PM, regurgitated my lunch and could not breathe. It took me several minutes to get my lungs to respond...I did what you would normally do when you are choking, arms in air. I could not talk to call 911. I finally got cleared but I am concerned that next time I won't.
Posted Wed, 6 Nov 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Basheer Ahamed 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Aspiration of the lung may be a problem.

Detailed Answer:

Thanks for your query.

Aspiration of the lung is a life threatening complication of regurgitation of gastric contents.

Any way you had handled the situation well and saved yourself.

There are certain precautions you need to follow to avoid it in the future.

Don't sleep while in full stomach.

Don't sleep on your stomach.

Sleep toward your sides. This prevent the content from entering the airway.

Inform this to your doctor and get evaluated for the cause of regurgitation.

Hope the answer helps you.
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