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    An_248450 posted:
    For the last 6 years, I had three occasions that my mouth was always bitter. Two years ago I was eating watermelon and after swallowing it I had the impression I was choking, even if air was passing through my nose, the sensation was I was suffocating. After seeing a neck/throat specialist, and hearing his explanation that a had GERD and I could breath on those occasions, I learned how to control these situations. This year I've been working a lot (2 jobs), sleeping only 5 hours per night, and eating dinner late at night. Two months ago I had a very tough episode of GERD and that time I couldn't control the thing, people at work ran to help me. A month after my mouth started getting bitter all the time. My doctor gave me Prilosec, that helped only a bit. Deep down I knew I had to slow down at work and sleep more. But I kept going. Last week after 2 episodes happening days apart, I had the most horrible experience of my life. I was driving and as I swallow my saliva I started chocking, I started sweating, and I thought I was going to die. The problem when this happen is the fear it leave on us. How can we control the fear. I read a lot of spiritual books, had done it in the past 10 years. I recommend a book called "a new earth" and " stillness speaks" both by Elkhart Tolle. These reading have just a simple thing: there is only the present, do not regret the past or fear the future. You can do only one thing at a time, so do not fret, concentrate and be present in what you are doing right now; surrender to the present moment, do not resist it, and remember you cannot lose your life, you are life, we can only transform me. It has been very tough for me this last week, I have always the impression I am going to chock, but I try to remember all the simple things from this book, and most of all I have been trying to reconnect with nature, you'll be surprised how calm can we feel when we admire a plant, a bird, a creek, this sooth us, and then we discover that breathing is independent of us, our brain does not control it, it something else. I wanted to write these lines, because maybe I could bring some calm to some of you.

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