Hi, I've had copd/chronic bronchitis since 2018. I am 66. I have a dread of choking on food/water/a crumb/anything..because it's so horrendous when it happens. Everyone gets "something down the wrong way" at times, but when you have copd and asthma too, it's traumatic. In my previous existence ie pre-copd, a choking fit was unpleasant but soon over. Now it's a whole other level. Wouldn't wish it on anyone.
There's the gripping pain that goes with it, across my whole chest and down my arms, the severe trembling/shaking from head to foot, the retching, the desperate cough that feels like I'm coughing my actual throat out, and sometimes the "thunderclap headache"....a pain like no other! and even after the worst has passed, I will cough badly for a couple of hours, and end up exhausted, wrung out. One time it happened on a long car journey. My poor partner!! I know he feels helpless and I can't even speak to him. All this for a crumb of food or sip of tea.
Scary enough when he is with me, but Ive had episodes when alone too. It feels like I'm going to die...I hate it. It's made me really fear eating in public. Anyone get the same as this?