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August 13th, 2008
Same Problem
I have the same problem tonight when I got home from work at 2:30 am I had a bowl of pasta salad and now it is 5 am and I can't go to sleep because I have this feeling like something is stuck in my throat. I have had my tonsils out so I know that it is not stuck in my tonsils but it is like it is right behind where my tonsils should be if I had them. I have coughed and coughed and it won;t come up I have drank glass after glass of water and it won't go down I have had this problem since they took my tonsils out especially with hamburger meat like in tacos and hamburger helper. I have not been to the doctor for it because they would probably just say deal with it is there anything that I can do at home to help?
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replied August 14th, 2008
swallow response
It appears that your have some soft of nerve problem related to your swallowing function. To seek help, you might want to consult a neurologist.
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replied September 7th, 2008
Re: swallow response
I also have problem with swallowing, things like mashed potatoes, french fries, chicken really most things just will not go down. I swallow, then swallow again and again, I cannot breathe when the food is stuck and I have really gotten scared. I had a cookie swallow test last year and the doctor said my esaphagus did not have the constricting action it should have, he described it like how a snake swallows their food by different parts constricting and releasing. Has anyone ever heard of this? He also said there was nothing he could do to help it. It is getting worse and I'm afraid to eat anything while alone.
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replied September 14th, 2008
Food stuck in Throat
yoyoma12 wrote:
I have this also. I will try and explain what i think it is. See i get them in the back of my mouth on the sides. i have what look like slits and holes where food gets stuck. over the years these slits and holes are increasing in numbers (not a whole lot) but i think these holes are from past cases of perhaps strep throat or other type infections. I use a water pic on very low setting and a flash light. After a while you get used to doing it like once a month or so and you would believe how much stuff comes out.

Regarding having them in your throat, thats something you would need to have looked at as a water pic will not reach that far down.

I am also convinced that if this food is not cleaned out from time to time, it will lead to irratations of the throat and mouth

there also is procedures where they can take a laser and basically burn off excess skin so food will not trap anymore so if the water pic idea doesnt work, then this is an option.

good luck fellow chipmunks



I've gone to an ENT for this.... There can be tiny holes present in your palentine tonsils, your normal tonsils. As you age these holes get larger causing food to get stuck in them. when this food gets stuck in them bacteria can accululate and cause it to smell and do nasty things to your tonsils...
I've actually had my tonsils removed because of this, and im very glad that I did, even though I was 24, and it's supposed to be worse when you get older. I only dealt with these things for about a year, but by the time my surgery came around I didn't think I could deal with it for another month.
I would definitely recommend having a tonsillectomy.
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replied January 18th, 2009
after i swallow
the food is taking longer to go down, sometimes if i drink fluids it helps, sometimes it makes it worse, i am not getting little pieces left behind,just the time it goes down, and at times it can be painful almost like if im choking, i have to chew my food more then the average 20 times before swallowing, and i find that i cant be in a hurry when eating, or it acts up. What is going on inside? I've been to the doctor's for other problems and during our conversation he's said it sounds like a gut problem, but nothing showed up wrong on the ultra sound or scope test. I swear at times I'm going to die if it don't go down fast enough.
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replied January 18th, 2009
ooh i forgot that add this info
more times then not lately, it happens with bread, mashed potatoes and hard boiled eggs, im at the point of not eating these items anymore, and pumpkin pie.

I can't stand the choking feeling anymore
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replied January 31st, 2009
if it's happening to pass it...
I only just there had a bit of lamb stuck in my throat. After trying my usual push out things (Cup of tea, slice of bread & butter, glass of milk), I just took a massive gulp of whiskey ( Not for the faint hearted I know. I assume it would work with a similarly strong spirit) and a few moments of unpleasantness and gagging it passed and I feel fine now. Obviously a trip to the doctors will be in order (It happens about once every 2 - 3 months if not more), but it's a short term solution.
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replied March 2nd, 2009
Food stuck in back of throat
I've read the thread of similar problems here. I also have developed this problem since Dec 08. I ate popcorn while I was driving and eversince, I felt something stuck in my throat. I coughed it out sometime in Jan. It smelled putrid. I thought my problem was over. But now, it kept happening. Sometimes, the piece of food would just spit out when I cough. Othertimes, it won't come out even if I cough. I'm considering going to the ENT now that I haven't found an easy remedy from people with similar problem.
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replied May 19th, 2009
food stuck in throat
I've food stuck in my throat occasionally since 4 or 5 years ago. No one believed me till I was able to cough the food out and showed it to them 2 years ago. It was a piece of a boiled spinach caught in my throat deep down over 12 hours. In my case, it was mostly cooked leafy veggie or cooked onion, sometime orange and others. Sometimes food goes down in a few minutes, sometimes a few hours. A few time more than a day. During the period, I could breath, drink and eat, but was extremely annoyed. Last week, a piece of cooked leafy veggie got stuck again. I begged my ENT's assistant to spare me an appointment. So, my ENT put a scope through my noise and saw the veggie. It wasn't trapped on anything - just setting on the back of my throat. My ENT was amazed and clueless; he had not seen anything like this. I'm scheduled to have sallow evaluation later.

Anyone with the same issue?
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replied June 18th, 2009
Food particles caught in back of throat
I have the same thing. Particles of chewed nuts, pasta, just about anything small. I asked my ENT who was not at all helpful.
I think that I have developed a thin mucus trail in the back of my throat. This is probably due to some nasal polyps which I have had diagnosed.

I think the mucus catches small particles, whic can remain for hours and hours even. I have been successful in strongly "hawking" the small pieces out, but it is loud and annoying.

I might try some mucinex just to see if that alleviates it temporarily. I wouldn't want to be on that stuff continually!
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replied July 24th, 2009
Please everyone that has this problem go see an ENT DR. My husband had this problem for a few years. Feb of this year (his birthday!) he was diagnosed with STAGE 4 Oropharynx cancer. He has over a 2cm tumor in his throat, 2 "hot" lympnodes, cancer on the tonsil area and base of the tongue.
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replied July 29th, 2009
pdalittle.....i get the same thing. I even thought cancer at first, cause no amount of hacking would bring any relief. I thought i would give it a day or two, but still had the obstruction, but it had moved to a different spot in my throat (or so it felt.) After a few days still it went away so i thought maybe it was just food caught, but i didnt know how or where it would get caught. a few days, maybe a week later it happened again but i was prepared for it and realized it was from some nuts in an ice cream i had eaten.

anyway, once i realized what was going on (and stopped worrying about cancer) i developed a way to clear it although it takes some getting used to. What i do now is "gargle" some water (or liquid you dont mind drinking), only, when you gargle you have to "half" swallow it ie; gargle a little farther down the throat then usual, like your going to swallow. i usually end up choking/ coughing a bit but almost always works with dislodging the obstruction. I know this isnt a medical procedure and does nothing to stop it from occuring again, but does provide some instant relief.

as well..... i heard something on tv (cant remember source) about your throat getting "knots" in it like its twisted a bit or something. the person on tv had a similar problem and the Dr. said it was from grief (like a loved one had died). this struck true with me because i first noticed it after a loved one died and i was pretty broken up for a month or so. during this time was the first occurance for me.
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replied August 11th, 2009
food in throat
I think there may be a couple of differnt issues in this thread. I, too, get little bits of food (I find it's usually bread- pretzels are the worst, followed by tortilla chips) getting stuck in little cavities that are in my tonsils - I can see the food - it turns white and begins to rot, causing terrible breath. I can sometimes pick it out but not always. It is extremely irritating, and yes, if you leave it, sometimes it causes a sore throat and swollen glands. NONE of the ENTS I've seen in my life (I'm 40 and have had this for years) think it's a big deal, or can come up with an adequate solution to end it, besides tonsillectomy. Trouble is, now I feel it happening wayyyy back on the back end of my tongue. Very annoying and definitely makes me gag.
My brother, an ER doc, also gets this (genetics! Hello!) and uses a syringe without the needle and squirts the heck out of the tonsils with warm water to wash out whatever's stuck. I assume a waterpik would also do the trick.
Well, that's not an answer to what "it" is, but at least you can learn from my experience that MDs don't really think this is a sitch that merits too much of their attention, no matter how annoying it is to us! I think I may look into halitosis-expert MDs next, who may be more concerned with this problem than trad. ENTs.
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replied June 3rd, 2012
Food caught in back of throat
I've had this problem for 10 years or so. Food gets stuck behind my soft palate for so long it begins to rot and smell. Years ago, my GP referred me to an ENT who wasn't interested if it didn't look like cancer. GrapeNuts were the first food I realized causes the problem but it can be anything with small chunks. I think it's related that I now can't swallow some pills (elongated shapes) as they get caught back there too. I don't have trouble breathing and don't feel like I'm choking but I worry about the bacteria in my system and am embarrassed by the smell. I haven't found a way to get it out; it sometimes dislodges when I'm asleep probably due to snoring. At least I know I'm not alone! I am going to try the doc again and will pursue the halitosis route if the ENT doesn't help.
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replied September 19th, 2009
food stuck feeling in throat
I had the same feeling of food stuck in the back of my throat..I would bend over and let gravity slowly pull the culprit out..I thought..o.k.now it's out..but what is causing this?..So I'd go on a vegan diet and within a day or two..no more symptoms..a month or two would go by and I was still good..but then it came back..I thought what did I eat today that was so different. I did eat at a chinese buffet..stir fry..It couldn't be that..but wait a minute..the cook asked if I wanted some shrimp and crab meat thrown in..I stopped eating all shellfish..and it has never returned..So basically I believe it is a seafood allergy..No more hacking up pieces of tuna, rice..Stay away from imitation crab..I had that a picnic..and lo and behold...that food caught feeling returned..I know ..at least for me, that seafood elimination will cure you problem..let me know..Michael G.
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replied September 21st, 2009
well, i had the same issues. i was very young...middle school/high school. so i dont think it was throat cancer, it really doesnt happen any more. i could never pin point exactly what i had swallowed, but i would swallow hard and feel some thing in the back of my throat. i opened my mouth to look and i saw (on the side wall of my throat back my the dangly thing lol!) small white...things...i didnt know what it was and it seemed to be making my breath smell bad, so i spent about 10-15 minutes trying to get them out. tweezers worked best for me. once i got it out it felt completely better, but there was a large hole with a flap after i pulled the food out. i had to just do it everytime it happened, but it hasnt happed again to me in about 2 and a half years...i thought it was normal.
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replied June 5th, 2012
The white things were likely candidas.
There seems to be a link between poor diet and throat issues of this nature.

Hope this helps.
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replied October 13th, 2009
Food stuck in nasal cavity
Just inhaled a piece of rice yesterday and came across this blog. I was working on the computer while I was eating and not paying attention to chewing. I've had this before and it usually was the source of sore throats and colds for me unless I coughed it out within the same day. However there have been times that the food would come out a few days later after gargling with salt water. Yes, it is a gross discovery to say the least. What was mentioned earlier makes sense as well, I would think there may be a propensity for food to get stuck in the tonsil or nasal cavaties if there is inflammation of the surrounding tissue. Possibly as a result of allergies, ie. food allergies, allergens in the air, etc. This is day 2 of food stuck in my nasal cavity and can definitely feel my throat getting a little sore. Will try the water pic.
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replied January 16th, 2010
Food stuck in Throat
I have been having food stuck in my throat for two years now. It is a constant feeling after anything I eat. The feeling of the food stuck always starts at the top of my throat than moves to the bottom of my throat just above my collar bone. I have been to 6 ENTs and nobody knows what it is. I have had MRI (nothing shown), I have had CT scan (showed mild calcificaiton of the Styloid Process)not significant enough to cause my problem, I had a motility test (showed slight motility disorder) nothing you can do about it. I had 24 hour PH test (showed mild acid reflux) I am taking Prevacid Solutab 30 MGs every morning, doesn't help). I have also had three endoscopies (showed smaill hiatla hernia, had another endoscopy showed it went away. Showed H Pylori as well. I took antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria. Now, I don't have H-pylori but, I still have the feeling in my throat). I have also had 6 lyarenoscopies and never shows anyhting. I also had three barium swallow and shows nothing). I just don;t understand how these tests don't show anything and I am still having this sensation. I am sooo frustrated... Please help! It may be a nerve sensitivity problem.

I am going to see a pain specialist and I will see if he helps.
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replied January 17th, 2010
Food getting stuck in back of throat
I have this happen to me as well, the feeling of something stuck in the back of my throat after eating , the only relief I have found and only works 3/4 the the times I try it is to take a a swig from a honey jar and swallow it slowley , it seems to coat what seems to be an irratation in my throat.
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replied January 22nd, 2010
Excellent I will try the honey idea. At this point I will try anything!
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replied February 13th, 2010
I ate a sandwich and potato chips last night and a small piece of potato chip lodged somewhere in the back of my throat and I could not get rid of it. It was annoying as hell. I tried everything I could think of; water pik, gargle with coke (hoping the carbonation would dissolve it), coughing, cepacol (to numb my throat), raw lemon juice, nasal spray. Its finally disappeared but the thing that seemed to help was the nasal spray. I'm not sure why; maybe it was clogged with some mucus or something.
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