Has any experienced..... Laryngospasm when swimming
I have been swimming since last August and have taken in my fair share of water when swimming, as I am sure many others have. However last week for the first time I thought that I had inhaled some water as I had a choking fit and seriously thought this was it. I couldn't get my breath and had to be slapped on the back and then given the bear hug. I eventually got my breathing under control but it was pretty scary. This week I was back swimming, and I was all the more cautious not to get any water in my mouth. I wear a nose clip when swimming and I could feel a tiny bit of water seeping up my nose. This didnt bother me until it touched the back of my throat and my wind pipe felt as though it had closed again and the feeling of suffercastion came on again. Luckily the episode didn't last as long as last week and I managed to calm myself and my breathing came under control.
I have looked on the web to see what is happening as I can't be doing with this every week, as its very frightening and draining, both mentally and physically. From what I can find it sounds like laryngospasm, where the larynse goes into spasm and closes up and it can last for up to 60 seconds.
I am just wondering if anyone else has experience this whilst swimming and how they control it. I am booked into a few open water triathlons this year and am really worried if I get a spasam whist in open water.