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#1 peanut

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 01:05 PM

I'm waiting for the results of my upper GI x-rays and ultrasound to tell me why stuff gets stuck in my throat and its getting worse. Taking little pills is the worst. I feel it stuck hopefully not putting a hole in my throat. I cough and choke on stuff all the time. Any advice?

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 01:12 PM

Peanut,
When I was in the hospital recently and having problems taking my pills, one of the nurses recommended taken pills with applesauce. Of course they didn't provide me with any so I could try it, so I can't speak from experience. It might be worth a try. I hope you find something that works for you because I know that it's is NO fun gagging on a pill.
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Posted 02 March 2007 - 01:16 PM

Hi Peanut,

I'm sorry to hear you are having swallowing difficulties. Cutting pills (even vitamins) in half or in fourths with a pill cutter can help, too. Pill cutters are very cheap (just a few bucks) and available in drug stores.

Also (need I say?) just attempt one at a time, as it is no longer like the good ol' days of popping a handful at once. And lots and lots of water with each one, so you aren't putting down one pill on top of another one that is already stuck!
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Posted 02 March 2007 - 01:46 PM

Peanut,

My mother has always had terrible trouble swallowing pills. Most of the time she cuts them up small, but she has had/has some pills which are not allowed to be cut up, but have to be swallowed whole.

She tried the applesauce Janey, and found it quite good, but she prefers to swallow them with one of several things......... Oatmeal with milk, yogurt, or custard.

I have a LARGE calcium pill to take and thought I'd try cutting it in half. I found it worse, as in half the cut edge had two sharp corners, and really hurt going down. Uncut the corners are rounded, and it slips down easier, so long as I hold my head in the right position! :unsure: I.e. not looking up, as it really sticks then!

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 02:28 PM

Actually strangely enough the big ones go down fine. It's the little ones that get stuck...

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 03:03 PM

Hi Peanut,

Little things (like pieces of scrambled egg or biscuit or rice) get stuck a lot with me also. I typically avoid them as a result. But since you can't avoid taking your small pills, one idea is to take them with something bigger or something that will easily slide down (like the applesauce that Janey suggested).

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 12:30 AM

When I was younger I worked with disabled children in a group home. We used the applesauce like Janey siggested and also pudding. I like the pilll splitter idea but check with your pharm. first as NOT ALL PILLS CAN BE CUT! I stress this fact because it is important. Also I have tried to put my chin to my chest to take pills and it really works.
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 08:02 AM

Sorry to hear you're having trouble with the pills. My GI doctors have me crush pills & mix them with applesauce, or pudding, depending on the pill, as, like others have said, you can't crush or cut all pills. Pill Crushers are available at most pharmacys. Also, you can get some meds in liquid form- they taste horrible, but go down alot better! Hope this helps- good luck to you!

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 09:21 AM

Peanut,
Let us know what the DR. says is causing your problem. I am so curious but I know it's a not so uncommon problem. If anyone knows what causes this will you please post a message?
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 09:51 AM

Hi,

Jordan is only 6, and has to take Plaquenil daily, which is horribly bitter. She has a big gag reflex, but she has no problem taking her pills in yogurt or pudding. It slides on down and she can't taste how bad it is!

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:21 AM

Thanks Everyone. The applesauce worked like a charm!

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 11:02 AM

Fantastic!!!!! :D One more problem solved to improve the quality of life!
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Posted 12 March 2007 - 12:55 PM

Well I just got a copy of my upper GI x-ray and ultrasound from my GI. It says a bunch of technical $10 medical words and scribbled on the bottom it says "xrays shows reflux otherwise normal". I'd really love to be normal...really, but stuff continues to get stuck in my throat. I feel like I'm trying to clear it 100x a day. I called my GI to talk to him but he's out for the week and my appointment is not till the end of the month. Until then, I'm not sure what else to do other than live off of apple sauce.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 01:45 PM

Hi Peanut,

I know how frustrating it is to have all of these symptoms and, yet, still have the test come back "normal". I was having lots of choking issues and food getting stuck issues and so my primary care physician scheduled me to have an esophageal dilation. But, when the GI doctor went in he said he didn't see anything that would cause him to do a dilation. However, he did start me on Aciphex and it has made a huge difference (it is a proton pump inhibitor like Nexium and Prilosec). I was very skeptical that it was going to work because I didn't think my choking, stuck feeling or constant nausea for that matter, were related to reflux....but it has helped all of those issues a tremendous amount. I still have occasional bouts of choking and feeling like food is stuck, but nothing like before.

I do hope your GI can help you with this.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 03:00 PM

A couple things that seem to work for me are. When swallowingsome foods and pills. I bend my head slightly down. Instead of throwing your head back to take a pill you push it forward or put your chin closer to your chest. Much easier to swallow. Also, if food is getting stuck keep warm water at hand. Or hot tea works best though I hate tea. One swallow of hot tea and the chocking reflex usually goes away. My best remedy is to always swallow with me chin dropped. Try it with pills and see how well it works. Sheryl
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Posted 12 March 2007 - 08:47 PM

Jen,

I don't know what causes everyone else's swallowing problems, but mine seemed to have been caused by scarring of the esophagus because of the acid coming back up into it. Thus, when I got that stopped, the problem was solved. I rarely have any trouble at all any more.

Like Cindy, I was skeptical that a proton pump inhibitor was going to help with the swallowing. I thought I actually had my acid reflux under good control with chewable antacid tablets and that the swallowing problem was something else. (like a motility problem.) I could always stop the acid when it started. But, what I wasn't considering was that the acid came and I stopped it, but while it was there, it was burning my esophagus and scarring it.

I was put on Prilosec and it has worked for me. Nexium also works for me. I had some samples of it.



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Posted 13 March 2007 - 04:38 AM

Hi Peanut,
Having things stick in your throat could be a symptom of low motility of the esophagus. I have achalasia - no motility in my esophagus, and the muscle between my stomach & esophagus was clenched shut. Symptoms include reflux, difficulty swallowing and feeling stuff stick in your throat, especially bread and meat. They diagnose it by manometry, a swallowing test. So if you have trouble swallowing other things too, let your dr. know about it, maybe you have low motility.
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Posted 13 March 2007 - 11:11 AM

thanks everyone. I'm on zantac 2x/day and its really helped my reflux. Another GI in my GI's practice called me and basically said what ya'all said... that the movement in my esophagus is lessening and there's not much that can be done.

So I have learned
1. small bites
2. chew lots
3. lots of liquid

Today for lunch I went through the drive through to get some fries. I was careful to eat one fry at a time, chew lots followed by lots of water while driving myself back to work. All of the sudden I started choking – badly. I spit water and fries all over my car. Good thing it was just water and my car was stopped at a light.

I’m already short of breath and choking doesn’t help but after several minutes I finally calmed down. Thankfully I had a towel in my car.

So 4. do not chew and drive

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 11:29 AM

I'm glad you added #4 because I was going to add it for you. :D

Don't eat and drive!!!!

I'm glad you have found some things that work for you and make your life better. That's what we all need to do everyday.

Big Hugs,
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