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What causes closing of throat leading to gagging sensation?

I feel like my throat is closing and I have a gagging sensation. This started yesterday and has gotten worse. I have no pain. I was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis after several infections occurred in my body (aggressive periodontal disease was one of them that took over my mouth within weeks and required surgery.) I also have had extreme joint pain in many joints (hips, knees, ankles, fingers, wrists.) Very tired all of the time. This has all occurred since the middle of January. Is this new throat thing related? Is it an emergency situation? I don t know what is happening to my body.
Fri, 12 Jun 2020
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hi,

Noted about your history of Rheumatoid arthritis, gagging feeling that the throat is choking, weakness.
This can be an emergency situation like Angioneurotic edema which needs urgent attention, diagnosis and proper treatment.
This can be a part of the autoimmune process.
Hence I would advise you the following in such a situation:
Rush to the nearest Hospital or ER.
Get examined, SpO2 checked.
Pharyngoscopy to see for any actual edema or so.
Proper investigations of blood.
Steroids may be needed if there is edema or so.
You can take your doses of oral steroid if already taking as you have Rheumatoid problems and must have been prescribed.
Stop any new medications if started recently.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. T. Chandrakant, General and ENT Surgeon
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What causes closing of throat leading to gagging sensation?

Hi, Noted about your history of Rheumatoid arthritis, gagging feeling that the throat is choking, weakness. This can be an emergency situation like Angioneurotic edema which needs urgent attention, diagnosis and proper treatment. This can be a part of the autoimmune process. Hence I would advise you the following in such a situation: Rush to the nearest Hospital or ER. Get examined, SpO2 checked. Pharyngoscopy to see for any actual edema or so. Proper investigations of blood. Steroids may be needed if there is edema or so. You can take your doses of oral steroid if already taking as you have Rheumatoid problems and must have been prescribed. Stop any new medications if started recently. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. T. Chandrakant, General and ENT Surgeon