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Am a 79 year old male of average health. Approximately four

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Am a 79 year old male of average health. Approximately four years ago I started waking up at night coughing, choking, and spitting up phlem. After a short time I started shaking violently and could not get warm. I went to the hospital every time and they could find nothing. The spells lasts about four hours. I have become hoarse, hiccupping a lot and have heartburn. Could you have any idea of what is happening. Thank you. G.Sanford
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  911DOC replied 1 year ago.

911DOC :

The most obvious cause would be a hiatal hernia with reflux. I take it you have been studied for this and have been on acid blocking medicine?

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Customer:

Am not on any acid blocking medicine. Doctor has not mentioned anything about hiatal hernia with reflux.

911DOC :

stand by for a second, I'll get you some good references

911DOC :

If I were you I would inquire about this possibility and see if a trial of acid blocking medicine helps you. You would also probably need to see a GI specialist for an upper endoscopy study.

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standing by

Customer:

already had the endoscopy study done with no significant results or problems.

911DOC :

then I must say that I am stumped

911DOC :

but they did not try acid blockers?

911DOC :

also,

911DOC :

there is a rare entity called a 'Zinkers Diverticulum'

911DOC :

That might be a cause

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stand by

Customer:

not satisfied with the answer. There has to be something to be able to do. I never had this problem before.

911DOC :

sir,

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I am not finished yet

Customer:

okay

911DOC :

and you have had specialists examine you

Customer:

yes sir.

911DOC :

take a look at that link

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and see if it rings a bell for you

911DOC :

standing by

Customer:

From the hospital in my town to Huntsman's Clinic in Salt Lake City.

911DOC :

can you see the link on Zinker's diverticulum?

911DOC :

i am going to open this to see if other experts can help you.

Customer:

thank you. Sorry could not see the Zinker's diverticulum link.

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