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I've been having difficulty swallowing for the past 4-5 months. I have taken two barium swallow tests and one cookie swallow. The results showed nothing. I also went to an ear, nose and throat specialist and he viewed my throat with a scope...Still nothing.

My symptoms have worsened in the past week. Before, I would have difficulty mainly swallowing bread. Now it's just about everything -- even liquid. I'm beginning to worry because it's causing me to not want to eat, and subsequently pounds are dropping off (which I don't need to lose).


Does anyone have an idea as to what it could be? Anyone else have a similar circumstance?
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replied May 22nd, 2005
Have you had a scan ? Maybe the problem is related to the nerve controling swallowing?
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied June 10th, 2005
Hellppppp
I've had the same problem....I go for a endoscopy next week....I cant swallow ne solids though....And it's getting worst....My mom thinks it's gerd, but i'm taking prevacid and it's not helping so y can't I swallow and it's not i'm too scared....
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replied August 17th, 2011
Trouble swalloing
I am having the same problem as yourself. I am also taking Prevacid. Unfortunately i have been taking it for a while.. Over a year. I see a specialist on friday and my ENT today. what was your prognoses? I am scared as well.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied August 31st, 2005
My mum has this, she cant swallow dry bread, docs said it was arthritis in the neck area, weird I know. :shock:
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replied February 1st, 2012
globus sensation problem revealed arthritis in neck
I've been dealing with globus sensation for over a year and the experts said there was nothing wrong after doing a barium swallow and an endoscopy. It was basically thought to be a psychosomatic symptom. It got really bad again recently and I had an X-ray and they said I have arthritis in the neck, and I'm only 34! So, I'm going to keep investigating, but the point is don't stop with the GI or EENT doctors.
I tried omeprazole and ranitidine for about 8 weeks total with no success because it was first believed to be reflux.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied September 9th, 2005
Hi keep going to the drs if you dont feel right then you need answers n ent im sure u saw have a scope done it could be anxity but demand answers
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replied September 10th, 2005
Hi I am new to this forum, but I also have trouble with my throat tightening up and all the time I have trouble swallowing been rushed to the hospital a few times cause of food stuck. They told me I have acid reflux and have dilated my throat at least 3 times, but the last 2 times I went in to get the scope the Dr. I had to change to because of insurance said that it didnt look like it needed to be dilated and didnt do it, I am still having touble swallowing and the tightness where I cant move without cutting my oxygen off. I am scared to death of this. This last time just yesterday I went and had the scope again and he once again didnt dilate it and then he said I had some strange lumps in my stomache and he took biopsy's of them and I am waiting to see what that is about. But I still cant swallow food, I have to drink pop or water to get it down, but I am not losing weight I gain weight. I dont understand cause I dont eat that much. Also, he told my husband that I should change to other Dr. And have some pressure test done? Does anyone know what that is? He didnt explain it and my husband said the Dr. Seemed in a hurry and said that I needed to find a new Dr. Cause he is retiring. So now I dont know what to think? Anyone know? thanks lisa
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replied January 9th, 2012
I have the same problem, and it has happened to me twice that the food became so stuck that even the water wouldnt push it down-and I couldnt breathe-SO SO scary! But I see you can drink soda to wash the food down, for some reason if I try to drink soda to wash the food down, it feels like it makes the food press back up upwards-makes it worse-sometimes even if I drink soda alone without food this happens, it almost feels like soda expands in my throat! Let me know what you find out please!
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replied January 27th, 2012
allergies
how are your allergies? Drink water too not soda. Water has a unique way of opening your throat.

I have been choking on Skittles when I get home. Took me a bit to notice the pattern. My alergies were always far worse when i got home.

again. drink water not soda until this gets better. When it happens it is important to remain calm. Get water and make sure you are in a position to call for help if needed. more you panic and drink soda worse it will get.

hang in there.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied October 18th, 2005
No Answers, Just Have Questions...
I have been to many different docotrs with different specialties to no avail. I have been to my general doctor, in which it was thought that I have sinus infections (aparently 9 in 9 months), my allergist says that I don't have allergies, but put me on two diferent nasal sprays (nasacort and astilin)and to my ent, wich has yet to look at my throat, but I have had a cat scan on my sinuses. None of this is helping me. I notice that when I eat at work (i am a school teacher) that I cannot swallow and chew my food so much (even tomato soup!). I feel like someone is strangling me. I have been diagnosed by my allergist and my general practioner with vcd, or vocal chord dysfunction, but no treatment options were given. The tightness in my throat does get worse during times of stress (taking care of 150 sixth grade children :lol: ) and when I look in the mirror lol. Just wondering if any of you have passed out with this tightness before...I did about 5 months ago, and it scared my kids and my husband to death. I just couldn't get my breath at all.
Let me know if any of you have had similar problems....
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied November 5th, 2005
Trouble Swallowing
I have the same thing. It feels as if there is something in my throat but there is nothing there. I had this about 5 years ago and my doctor said it could be globus hystericus, which could be brought on by stress or acid reflux. I took prevacid for awhile and eventually it went away. It's back again and I suspect it's the same thing, but i'm going to see a doc. To be sure.
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied February 3rd, 2006
Feeling of Lump In Throat
I dont if this will help anyone but I have something called globus and as other people have said it is acid reflux or stress related and it is gullet spasms that have caused it. I went to an ent specialist and he prescribed some kind of antacids (don't ask what they are a huge name). They were helpin for about a week and now it is back again. I don't know about anyone else this is not sore but it is all I can think about all day and I think it causes more stress!!
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied March 21st, 2006
Tightness In My Throat And Tongue
It started about a month an a half ago on a trip to texas from new jersey. While we were taking off about 5,000 feet in the air I felt my mouth dry and could not swallow. The flight attendant though I was having an allergy reaction to something so they gave me oxygen and benadryl. When I got to texas they though the samething so they gave me a pill treatment for a week but the following day the symptoms came back so I went back to the er. The doctor drew some blood and took urine especiment, put a scope down my throat and couldn't find anything so his diagnosis was viral pharyngitis. Came back that friday with the same symptoms to new jersey. The following tuesday went to my Dr. And he prescribed antibiotics. Thursday more antibiotic. Then he referred me to an otoryngology and they put a camera again with no findings. She prescribed pepcid ac. Also she refers me to the alergist and I am allergic to the regular stuff but nothing to triger this. A month and 3 weeks later im still having the symptoms. Sometime in the middle of the night I wake up gasping for air and most of the time can't swallow and my tongue feels like is twice the size with some pain on it.



Anybody can give me guidance as what can I do?


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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied November 13th, 2006
Difficulty Swallowing
A few years ago - in los angeles - I ordered a turkey breast sandwich on white bread and after one or two mouthfuls thought I was going to choke. With difficulty I bought a bottle of water and washed the stuck food down - it felt like I was swallowing a whale. The food was well masticated but I thought it was because it was dry that my difficulty in swallowing arose.

That was four years ago - I am now 60 years old and find that certain foods at certain times trigger the same reaction. It sure has curbed my appetite - and I know the immediate problem can be solved by hard swallowing of copious quantities of innocuous cool fluids like water or low fat milk or ice tea will wash the blockage down. It is always an extremely uncomfortable experience.

It's terrifying - as the postings attest. I don't suffer the problem with anything other than foods consumed with white bread - which makes me think I may have a wheat/gluten allergy. Oddly, I don't get it with pasta (a wet food) nor protein foods. I do have acid reflux and avoid foods which predictably trigger the condition. The puzzle is that some white breads are ok. Pita, wholewheat and wholemeal breads are fine.
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replied October 1st, 2012
I just turned 52 years old and have never experienced any sort of medical problem what-so-ever until now. This is exactly what I've been experiencing myself starting about 4 months ago. Sometimes I will be in McDonalds taking the first 2 bites out of a McDouble with cheese sandwich and all of a sudden it feels like the bites are stuck deep in my throat and won't go down to my stumick. I'll stop eating and sip my water through a straw hoping to force it down, which it eventually does, but it takes awhile and then I start wondering if I'll be able to finish the rest of my sandwich after that! It really makes me worried, so I take littler bites, making sure I'm able to swallow each time, and I drink only water (no soda) along with each bite until I've finished the sandwich. The strangest pattern I keep noticing is that this seems to happen during the first couple of bites of a "white bread" sandwich and so far does not occur eating anything else such as the McDonalds chicken wraps (which is tortilla bread) or their side salad with crutons and italian dressing. I went with a friend yesturday to a louge type resturant for dinner and had a butterfly-pork sandwich that was served on a white bun. After taking only two bites, I almost choked and had to quickly excuse myself from the table to go into the men's restroom and lean over the toilet thinking I might try to make myself throw up. But then I discovered that by merely "bending over" the toilet was enough to get the food stuck in my throat down. So far, I think I've learned to be a lot more careful when eating white bread or white buns by taking littler bites and eating it much more slowly, being sure to swallow each bite and not getting in a big hurry to finish it. I also think next time this happens to me I will stand up and try simply bending over for awhile to see if that doesn't help the stuck food in my throat go down better. This morning I ate 2 slices of wheat toast with butter and jelly, two eggs over easy, a very thick (1/2" inch) slice of ham, some hash browns and a tall glass of water, all without any trouble swallowing! However I didn't try to scarf it all down like I was in a hurry to get to work or anything either. But I'm definitely keeping in my mind the fact that white bread may be the problem and reading about others here with similar problems after eating white bread makes me think wheat bread is a better choice from now one. If only McDonalds offered wheat buns with their hamburgers!
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replied February 3rd, 2013
I too have this problem with white bread, rice, mashed potatoes, and sometimes chicken too. Some of it is probably my own fault as I don't like gravy so eat my chicken dry but it seems to cause an " airlock" and the food won't go down or up.... I end up doing huge noisy hiccups and then I find the only thing that helps is bending over a sink/ toilet in case I am sick. I also get a lot of mucus when this happens and sometimes I can drink cold water which helps. Sometimes that just seems to sit on top of the stuck food and make it worse.

I am going back to my dr tomorrow to say about it again as it seems to be getting more frequent lately.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.Stop eating foods that you know will come up your throat later on; foods with to much fat or oil.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.Stop eating foods that you know will come up your throat later on; foods with to much fat or oil.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied August 29th, 2007
21 Years of Swallowing Problems Getting Worse!
It came out of nowhere in summer of 1986.I was at work on my lunch sitting in my new truck with windows open,listening to music on my tape deck and happy.
After I finished I felt a 'snap' that seemd to come from my throat and head at the same time,it was loud enough to startle me.A few seconds later I realized I was having trouble swallowing my pop and my throat became very tense on the left side.I was scared.I went back to work for almost an hour but it became tighter so left to go to my doctor who sent me right away to an ENT Specialist.He told me I was fine and needed my tonsills out.Being a chicken I opted for antibiotics but over 2 years I kept getting infections.I ended up bedridden for 2 weeks with a temp of 104 degrees.So I returned to ENT doc and he said tonsills MUST come out within days.They booked me in and I was terrified but it all went well.I started healing right away,I was about 25 so was pretty healthy.

Days later I realized the tension and difficulty swallowing was gone!.I was elated to say the least,I was so optimistic about life!!.A week later I was at a friend's home and had a few sips of Kahlua and 'wham' the tension and swallowing prob instantly returned!.WHY""?.I was so down..It has stayed ever since and has not eased off even for a second.I live with this 24 hours a day.

It gets tighter every few months.After living with this for 7 years my doctor prescribed Ativan pills,which calmed and helped me sleep.Years passed and I found I was forgetting things,so he put me on Clonazepam a similar type of medication but doesn't affect memory.Both helped me to relax somewhat,but now my problem is worse.It is so tight within my throat even when I'm totally calm that I can barely swallow.I never thought it would get to the stage where I can barely eat anything.That time is now upon me and I'm losing weight.I live in constant fear of choking on anything,even my Pariet antacid or Claritin pills which are small.
It's a mystery and now causes me more anxiety than it ever has!.

Note- last year I started spitting up soft white granule like bits.Went to doc to get them analyzed and he could not tell me what it was!!
I don't think I can continue livng in fear much longer!

Any ideas most welcome thanks for reading.
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replied April 16th, 2011
difficult to swallow
I sure am no dr but sounds very much like anxiety to me,i suffered from it for years and my throat often felt like it was going to close right up, i have managed to overcome my problem with the shear will of not wanting to live in fear anymore POSITIVE THINKING, but maybe anti depresants may help rather than ant-acis, i may be way off here but just a thought
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replied May 12th, 2011
The only things that have helped me are:

1/ GOING TO THE GYM and strengthening my neck muscles by working out - doing exercise which especially targets improving neck muscles.

2/ SWIMMING - a few times a month.

3/ SINGING. I went to a singing coach for this. I learned how to use my voice properly and how to avoid straining my voice.

It has improved my condition significantly - although it's still mildly there.
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replied August 19th, 2011
Cryptic Tonsils/Tonsiliths
Maybe you've already found this out in the past 4 years, but in case not...

The white things are probably tonsiliths--i.e., stuff output by your tonsils comprised of bacteria, mucous, & other things that get trapped in "cryptic" tonsils (i.e., tonsils with crevasses that tend to get crap stuck in them!). I'm researching this now myself but my doctor did tell me once years ago that I had cryptic tonsils; I just never put together the symptoms I have with that.

Hope you have found a doctor who can address the underlying cause, rather than just drug your symptoms into submission, poor thing. Good luck!
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replied January 19th, 2012
Hi there you say that you had a pop in your neck? I have just recently been to a chiropractior on the 19th of december, she did a neck adjustment and I have had trouble swallowing since, I am getting tests done still and the doctors dont know what it is they say it muscle tighting from the chiro. I wonder if the way you turned your neck did something to your neck ? I am so sorry to see you have had this for so long. Have you been to another ENT doctor?
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.Stop eating foods that you know will come up your throat later on; foods with to much fat or oil.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.Stop eating foods that you know will come up your throat later on; foods with to much fat or oil.
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replied December 4th, 2007
Re: Difficulty Swallowing -- Doctors Can't Find Anything
Datura wrote:
I've been having difficulty swallowing for the past 4-5 months. I have taken two barium swallow tests and one cookie swallow. The results showed nothing. I also went to an ear, nose and throat specialist and he viewed my throat with a scope...Still nothing.


My symptoms have worsened in the past week. Before, I would have difficulty mainly swallowing bread. Now it's just about everything -- even liquid. I'm beginning to worry because it's causing me to not want to eat, and subsequently pounds are dropping off (which I don't need to lose).



Does anyone have an idea as to what it could be? Anyone else have a similar circumstance?


I have this same problem. Ive taken all of these same tests and they say they dont see anything and its ridiculous cuz something is wrong to make me not be able to swollow.
Ive always had throat problems my entire life and everytime i get sick i always get a sore throat. i havent had a flew with just a fever and throwing up for probably 15 years and im only 19. im always just having sore throats.. i dont know what to do.

HAS ANYONE WITH THIS PROBLEM FOUND A CURE OR WHAT IT IS???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.Stop eating foods that you know will come up your throat later on; foods with to much fat or oil.
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replied April 9th, 2008
hypothyroidism
when a damaged or under-active thyroid swells, resulting from an attempt to produce enough t3 and t4 hormones to keep up with pituitary commands (ths), this can cause great difficulty swallowing.
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replied April 22nd, 2008
IMHO, this kind of problems are due mostly by anxiety issues. The muscles of the throat are very strong and in a stress situation these muscles can become very tightened.
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replied July 24th, 2008
problems with swallowing and regurgitation
For the last year i have had issues swallowing. It started as heartburn and has progressively gotten to the point where food gets caught in my throat and I often regurgitate it back up. The food is not digested and is not mixed with stomach acid... just slightly chewed. It happens while eating - not later.

It is clearly triggered by some foods (red meat, fried greasy things, dairy) but I have altered my diet and it will occur even with very mild things. Once it happens, i cannot even drink water - this comes back up too.

I no longer get heartburn, now it is the difficulty swallowing.

Sometimes eating EXTREMELY slowly works. Sometimes if I eat a little and almost clear the way... waiting about 15 minutes before starting again, then the meal goes down easier.

I have had a scope, barium swallow and a test to determine if food is moving too slwoly to my intestines. All the dr. can say is that I have lots of reflux. But I feel as though he doesn\'t fully understand the problem and is only hearing the hearburn part.

I had a very high stress job, which i quit. And have altered my diet to the best of my ability. I have lost 25 lbs as a result.

Any thoughts or similar cases please share what has worked!

Oh yeah, I was on prevacid early on that did nothing for this.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.Stop eating foods that you know will come up your throat later on; foods with to much fat or oil.
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replied September 25th, 2008
swallowing ain't easy
Jnenmia--

I have almost the exact problem. I went to the doctor again today, only for her to blow me off with "yea yea...take these esopho-relaxers" and what not. I've had an endoscopy and...nothing has turned up.

I spoke with friends about it...and we kind of concluded that I am pretty much creating the choking feeling myself...and am not allowing myself the food. I do put a lot of pressure around what I eat and feel guilty about how much I eat anyway...and am most likely just...throwing up (same as you...not mixed with stomach acid).

Has this ever occured in your thoughts? I am curious as I would love to find a solution.
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replied December 4th, 2011
Check This out. look up asophigeal web. it helped me out. After I had my barium swallow. With no results back from doc. I took to him, that this was the possible prob. and sure enough I was right.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.Stop eating foods that you know will come up your throat later on; foods with to much fat or oil.
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replied February 6th, 2009
swallowing problems
please lookup cervical vertebraes! thebones in your neck! they can cuase all these symptoms, swallowing problems, swollen tongue, too little/much saliva etc... post nasal drip. I wonder where my swallowing problems come from.. I was thinking a roller coaster type ride I was on... 2 months later the swallowing problems and all kinds of problems.
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replied April 9th, 2009
re: problems with swallowing and regurgitation
jnenmia, it was so weird reading your post, as your symptoms are exactly like my fiance's. word for word. sometimes we think that certain foods, like meat, or spicy foods, are the trigger; but then other times he can eat those foods withour much trouble, and other times he eats 'safe' foods and has a reaction. he is waiting to have a barium swallow test done, but it's discouraging that doctors seem to have no clue what is causing your symptoms. the only thing that has helped is eating really slowly and really small bites.

right now he is having an episode and it started with burger. it has lasted way longer than usual, and as a result he hasn't eaten or drank anything for hours. we are considering going to the hospital to have them see the symptoms in action (a rarity for doctors' visits).

keep us posted on your situation.
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replied April 28th, 2009
I have this same problem!
Hi guys. I'm a 24-year-old otherwise very healthy male. I eat all natural/organic foods, exercise regularly, don't smoke cigarettes or drink more than a couple beers here and there, have never suffered from anxiety or depression, etc. However, I've been experiencing this same problem (dysphagia) for nearly 2 years now!

It started in July 2007. One day, when I started to eat, I was horrified to discover that I had somehow "forgotten" how to swallow! I chewed my food, but it just didn't go anywhere. The swallowing reflex didn't kick in. I'd never had to tell myself to swallow before, just like I don't have to tell my heart to beat or tell myself to breath. I had always just put food in my mouth, started chewing, and down it went. But now I was sitting there with a mouthful of half-chewed food and no idea what to do with it! I tried to force myself to swallow it. Big mistake. Food seemed to go everywhere--my sinuses, my ears, my lungs--but not down the normal route to my stomach. Thus began my miseries..

Since then, I've lost more than 30 pounds, dropping from a healthy 185-190 to a sickly 155 (I'm 6'3"). Every meal is a chore, taking at least twice as long as it used to and followed by 30 mins to an hour of me hacking, coughing, snorting, and spitting to try to rid myself of the extremely uncomfortable feeling of having food in my ears, sinuses, throat, and lungs. I have to chew meticulously and swallow deliberately in an awkward and unnatural way. Sometimes it feels like I get it right and the food goes down normally, but many mouthfuls of every meal end up going down wrong or not going anywhere at all because I'm unnable to tell my swallowing muscles how to coordinate properly. And for me, in contrast to what you said, Chad, liquids are often even worse than solid food. I have a hard time even drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated because it feels like I'm swallowing straight into my lungs. And I haven't been able to enjoy a beer in so long!

As you mentioned, Chad, the problem has spread to every area of my life, not just my eating habits. Physically, psychologically, and emotionally, I'm exhausted. There is a surge of fear/dread/anxiety every time I even think about eating, which causes me to eat much less food and much less often than I always had my whole life before this began. This in turn causes me to feel hungry, under-nourished, and weak all the time, and a constant feeling of frustration. I also feel depressed every time I look at myself in the mirror or see a photo of myself. I literally look like I'm dying, like I'm wasting away. I look at pictures of how healthy and built I used to be and want to cry. I see people eating and drinking and feel envy, sadness, and sometimes even anger. It's such a simple, effortless thing for everyone else. No one even thinks about swallowing, they just do it, like breathing. I obviously am not actually mad at people for being able to eat and drink normally, I just feel overwhelmed sometimes. Sometimes I feel like I'm on the brink of losing it. I never used to feel like this.

Going out to dinner, which was always a favorite activity of my girlfriend and I, is no longer fun because I know people can tell I'm struggling while I eat, and I know I'm going to constantly have to run to the bathroom and snort and hack and spit every time a bite goes down wrong, which makes me feel disgusting and humiliated. And at home, my poor girlfriend has to constantly deal with me making these horrible noises and hocking up food and phlegm during and after every meal.

I'm really starting to feel like I can't take this anymore. I've called and written e-mails to several doctors in my area, but no one seems interested in helping me since I don't have health insurance. There is even an "Institute for Voice and Swallowing" run by the medical university where I live, but they wouldn't even talk to me about my problem without a referal from a doctor, which I can't get since I don't have insurance. I even wrote a long e-mail to the Holistic Center here where they practice hypnotherapy, asking if they would be interested in helping me pro bono or even using me as an experiment, but I received no reply.

I have a strong feeling that there is some sort of psychological root to my problem, almost like if I could just stop thinking about it, it would go away. But I can't not think about it! I have so many negative feelings and memories associated with eating now, I can't see or even think about food without also thinking about my problem. And if it is a phsychosomatic issue, where did it come from in the first place? It took me completely by surprise. I never even dreamed I would ever "forget" how to swallow...

I really don't know what to do. If anyone can, PLEASE HELP!

Joshua
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replied July 15th, 2011
im the same as you im beginning to forget how to swallow i look at others and watch them swallow like its nothing it just goes down with out an effort but when im swallowing i end up thinking about it and then i dont know what to do with the chewed up foods in my mouth do i swallow it do i not

i then end up swallowing it and it feels almost like im choking like it gets stuck somewhere at the back of my throat.

swalloing and eating has never been so hard doctors say its an infection but then ive taken threee antibiotics and it just wont go away.

everytime i have to eat it feels like a punishment more then enjoying your daily foods .

ive had enough so that is why im going to permit suicide today at night shhh dont tell my mum bye bye
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.Stop eating foods that you know will come up your throat later on; foods with to much fat or oil.
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replied November 10th, 2011
Swallowing problem
I totally understand how you all are feeling. I have been living in complete misery for 12 years now, and I am only 29. Sometimes I feel old. When I was 17, I had a routine tonsillectomy because of constant strep throat. I was getting several infections a year, and an ENT decided they needed to come out. When I woke up, I was never the same again. For several months, liquid would come out my nose. I lost massive amounts of weight. Slowly, I trained myself to regain some of my swallowing control, but this turned into a stuck sensation. And sometimes it didn't feel like only a sensation, because I could get it to come back out. I am a healthy person otherwise; I don't drink or smoke, I try to eat healthy. I enjoy water, but water does not push my food down, so I turn to soda for two of my meals per day. Carbonation seems to help. A year and a half ago, I developed this same symptom; feeling like my body will not swallow. Food will be in my mouth, and I have to stand up in order to swallow. Sometimes I feel like my ears have gone underwater, but the swallowing reflex will not happen. The problem seems worst at night, so I avoid eating most food at night, unless it is something smooth like yogurt. I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, but treatment for this has not helped any of my symptoms. I go to sleep, and pray that when I wake up this will just go away. I have two little boys to take care of, and it's because of them that I keep going. I have been searching for answers, and am currently seeing a neurologist, but they have not yet found the problem.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.Stop eating foods that you know will come up your throat later on; foods with to much fat or oil.
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replied December 4th, 2011
Look up asophigeal web. It may be what is triggering your symptoms. i have found the same prob with me years ago. And they had to give steroids to help reduce it.
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replied July 29th, 2013
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You might have acid reflux. I took over the counter Prilosec pills and it cured me. When I eat something a little spicy , I maintain the acid reflux with chewing on one tablet of Tums(Ultra Strength 1000)after I eat. You have to change your diet and stop eating spicy foods and drinks. Alcohol drinks trigger acid reflux in me. Any kind of chili is the worst.Stop eating foods that you know will come up your throat later on; foods with to much fat or oil.
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