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Old 01-12-17, 22:36
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Strange Involuntary Throat Spasm When Falling Asleep

Hi. I would like to hear from anyone who has experienced unusual throat spasms when falling asleep.

For many years I have had sleep problems - waking up during REM and feeling panic, heart racing, sweating, tremors etc.etc.

One of the symptoms I experience after an 'attack', ie. at the point where I am feeling more relaxed and close to falling asleep again, is a very strange throat spasm. The best way I can describe it is like an exaggerated swallow reflex, but in reverse. Sometimes my airway is blocked for a second or two (by my tongue I guess) and this really frightens me.

I am scared that I am having epileptic focal seizures and that it might last longer and I will suffocate.

Sometimes it is just a small ripple and at worst it is like a wave going up my throat.

Has anyone else had this strange sensation?

I know that when falling asleep it is common and quite normal to have hypnic jerks - limbs kicking out for example, but I have never heard of anyone having throat spasms.

Thank you for reading.
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Old 09-12-17, 20:51
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Re: Strange Involuntary Throat Spasm When Falling Asleep

Hi there

I haven't experienced anything like this myself but i am sure there are people out there who have

Have you discussed this with the doctor at all?
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Old 15-12-17, 18:04
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Re: Strange Involuntary Throat Spasm When Falling Asleep

Thanks for your reply. I have mentioned it to more than one doctor but they don't take any notice. I have so many strange symptoms they don't know what to do with me! I am due to see a neurologist soon for a follow up appointment so will ask him about it.
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Old 31-12-17, 00:01
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Re: Strange Involuntary Throat Spasm When Falling Asleep

I had this frequently in 2014. You can find my old posts on this. It has stopped now and hasnít happened for years.

It was exactly asyou describe a reverse swallow. I even tried to drink water and it swallowed it backwards and cane back out. There was also a really tight feeling of being strangled.

I found out it was crycopharyngeal spasm and was due to stress. I also suffered from sleep paralysis at the time too.

I am on low dose diazepam and this has really helped.

Also the more you worry about having these episodes the more they seem to happen :(
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