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vomiting in sleep? - I am really scared


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So this is kind of weird but I just woke up 5 minutes ago when I felt like I couldn't breathe and some vomit came out. Not like rush-to-the-bucket kind of vomiting, more like it just came up and a bit came out on my pillow and then I got up and it stopped. No nausea. It felt like my windpipe and my foodpipe and my nose just got all mixed up. Throat feels unfcomfortable and nose feels burn-y now. Can still taste/feel the vomit in the back of my throat despite drinking water and brushing my teeth.

I am a bit scared. I had a binge today (well yesterday, it is past midnight now) and wonder if that may have triggered this. I was not any more full or nauseas than previous binges and I stopped eating 4 hours ago so I don't get why it would happen. I have never experienced something like this not even from a night out with too many drinks, and I never vomit easily.

Now I am scared to go back to sleep. Can anyone explain what this might be or why it might happen, whether it is likely to happen again? I am so scared.

Sorry to have put this in 2 forums - just in a bit of a panic

Edited May 07 2011 11:15 by coach_k
Reason: Moved to Health and Support as a more appropriate forum
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Wacky. I just had that a couple weeks ago.

Acid reflux is a ****. Sleep propped up on pillows, take some antiacids (and zantac, if you have 'em) to calm your stomach down, and pay a visit to your family doc.

GastrioEsophageal Reflux Disorder = GERD.

  • GoogleGERD
  • Take some Zantac (if you are not allergic)
  • Sleep on 3 - 4 pillows
  • Do no binge or eat for several hours before bedtime
  • See your doctor  
Original Post by hatamoto:

Wacky. I just had that a couple weeks ago.

Acid reflux is a ****. Sleep propped up on pillows, take some antiacids (and zantac, if you have 'em) to calm your stomach down, and pay a visit to your family doc.

 Thought of you when I read the OP.  How you doing now?

Wow I knew the Lounge would bring more replies. Thank you.

I've googled GERD. It sounds kind of scary. Unfortunately I do not have any antacids, or even extra pillows actually, but will go for a shop today (now that it is early morning and I am still too afraid to go back to bed now). But I don't think I have any heartburn or acid-y feel, would it still be GERD? Is seeing a doctor necessary? I mean is it possible this is a one-time thing?

I hope this scares me out of binges. Because they feel uncontrollable I worry that it might happen again, but I am going to do my absolute best.

Original Post by corgisrule:

Original Post by hatamoto:

Wacky. I just had that a couple weeks ago.

Acid reflux is a ****. Sleep propped up on pillows, take some antiacids (and zantac, if you have 'em) to calm your stomach down, and pay a visit to your family doc.

 Thought of you when I read the OP.  How you doing now?

Just fine. It was a food-related episode, not a chronic thing fortunately. No need to pull out the big guns and it hasn't repeated since.

Original Post by antibinge:

Wow I knew the Lounge would bring more replies. Thank you.

I've googled GERD. It sounds kind of scary. Unfortunately I do not have any antacids, or even extra pillows actually, but will go for a shop today (now that it is early morning and I am still too afraid to go back to bed now). But I don't think I have any heartburn or acid-y feel, would it still be GERD? Is seeing a doctor necessary? I mean is it possible this is a one-time thing?

I hope this scares me out of binges. Because they feel uncontrollable I worry that it might happen again, but I am going to do my absolute best.

 You should see your doctor.  Could be a hiatal hernia causing the GERD.

Original Post by hatamoto:

Original Post by corgisrule:

Original Post by hatamoto:

Wacky. I just had that a couple weeks ago.

Acid reflux is a ****. Sleep propped up on pillows, take some antiacids (and zantac, if you have 'em) to calm your stomach down, and pay a visit to your family doc.

 Thought of you when I read the OP.  How you doing now?

Just fine. It was a food-related episode, not a chronic thing fortunately. No need to pull out the big guns and it hasn't repeated since.

 Glad to hear it.

I advise you to go to a doctor anyways. Try not to binge, as you can PROVOKE GERD by bad eating habits. I had mine for a good half a year, without any cause but stress. After having food back up in my throat if laying down, I went on medicine, and diet, and still I had a recurring hickup. Which may seem harmless, but when I went to the doctor again, he was horrified at how much BILE I had in my stomach. Turned out I also had bile reflux. They only knew that when they did an endoscopy.

Your body is a state of the art machine, which can get unsynched very easily. Most people wouldn't rough up a very expensive computer, but do go on to willingly damage their own bodies, which are way more complex. If you feel the need to binge, try to eat small meals throughout the day and to never skip meals, and never undereat.

Original Post by suzushii:

Most people wouldn't rough up a very expensive computer

I would.

Twice.

Moving responses over here before the thread gets to unwieldy, and then I'll move it -- duplicate threads are not allowed, and this one still belongs in Health & Support, once folks start waking up they'll respond. 

My response is -- don't worry right this minute, but you do need to speak to a doctor about it -- it's not usual.

Original Post by mariecarm:

Don't worry. It happens when you eat way too much, especially with some acidic foods, and when you burp you then have some acid-reflux. It could have happened while you were awake. You happened to have been asleep. Don't worry.

Original Post by abbi333:

No this is not normal regardless. You need to call your doctor and make a check up asap.

Original Post by lilmsbasketcase:

I am a bit scared. I had a binge today

 

Now I am scared to go back to sleep :( Can anyone explain what this might be or why it might happen, whether it is likely to happen again? I am so scared.

there is a valse at the top of your stomach, usually this valve is closed so your stomachs contents will stay in your stomach, even if you lie flat or hang upside down.

but, if you overfill your stomach, the valve can be blocked open. this means that your stomach acid and the things youv eaten can flow freely out of your stomach, and up your esophagus. 

the best things you can do to stop this happening is not to binge. try to space your eating out, or ATLEAST dont binge towards the end of the day. you should be eating your biggest meal for breakfast. if you do found that you have binged close to the end of the day, try to sleep sitting up. the acid is less likely to get out of your stomach if you are in an upright possition.

 

My father had this for his whole life. His was more severe, because his throat would become paralyzed from the stomach acid and he wouldn't be able to breath. He went to doctors, but in the end the thing that solved the problem was to not eat anything several hours before bed.

 

If this happened recurrently it could be seizures. 20-30% of all seizures happen only during sleep.

Original Post by hatamoto:

Wacky. I just had that a couple weeks ago.

Acid reflux is a ****. Sleep propped up on pillows, take some antiacids (and zantac, if you have 'em) to calm your stomach down, and pay a visit to your family doc.

Acid reflux is what I thought too. Tums or Zantac works ... my favorite is alka seltzer.

 

Thank guys. I will go see a doctor if it happens again. I am pretty sure that if I just go from a one-time thing they will just say the things you have said and to wait and see if it happens again.

Coach_k I'm sorry I know duplicate threads are not allowed but I was desperate for an immediate answer and the lounge seems to be good at that. It won't happen again.

I am never eating after 6-7pm again..

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