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#1 kiwimum03

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 10:13 PM

Hi everyone,

I wasn't sure what to call this topic as I am not really sure what my issues are or if they are even important.
But the last 4 nights usually around 9pm or just before I go to bed, I have the feeling of food coming up in my throat, and I have been having to bring it up.
(sorry, I know it doesn't sound nice).
I don't have heartburn(well, sore ribs sometimes), and its not really acidy, but I do feel I have to bring it up or it just sits there in my throat. And what I bring up isn't much, just a little.

I thought it was because I have been drinking more because my throat and mouth have been quite dry lately, so I have been cutting back on the fluid in the evening and it doesn't seem to make much difference.

I also have been getting nauseated when I wake up in the morning, and sometimes briefly during the day, but I have been taking more NSAIDs than usual so my thought is that maybe they are upsetting my stomach, and that is causing it??

I didn't take any NSAIDs at all yesturday(to see if that would help) and only one this afternoon (out of desperation because my ankle was swollen), but I am not sure if this is the way to go.........but I do know they can upset your tummy.

Do you all think it could be the anti-inflammatories causing this? This is my guess, but I really don't know.

Thanks for your time,

Hugs,
Irene

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 02:52 AM

Hi Irene,

I think a visit or at least a call to your doctor is in order if he doesn't already know about this problem.

I get that feeling too - of stuck food, sometimes even with just drinking water and there is no acid involved so its not like reflux, its just uncomfortable right?

I also have the occasional nausea. Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night. Mine not related to NSAIDS.

Aside form taking acid reducers I don't know what else can be done for this. I am on the cusp of seeing a gastro doctor. Please at least call your general practitioner.

Take Care and keep in touch.
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:22 AM

Hello, I would call your gastro doctor. I get that way to. I have a haital hernia with ulcerative colitis and Reflux really bad. Well let us know what the doctor say's. Take care, Sam
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:37 AM

Hi Irene,

I have this also and I never felt like I had heart burn but I guess I did. I have had a barium swallow to see what was going on and the findings were that I had some reflux. I then had to have a endoscopy and that showed that my muscles were not working or something like that. I then ended up havong a motilty test . I am still waiting for the results of that.

I think that its worth a call to your dr about it because if it is acid, it could burn your esophagus.

Please let us know how your doing.

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 07:47 AM

First of all Irene,

Of course this is important, if it's bothering you and you have a question about it, then it's important!

Actually sounds to me like GERD try looking at this site from ISN: Reflux/Heartburn.

You may have to cut and paste it into your browser.

Hope this helps and hope you can get some relief!

Love Sweet


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 07:47 PM

Thanks to Sweet, Sam, Patty and Barefut for all your replies, they have been so helpful.

My initial thinking that it was the NSAIDs causing it, but from your replies it sounds like it probably isn't.
I don't see my rheumatologist until the 30th, so if this continues I will try and get into see my family doctor, as I have also noticed a slight shortness of breath, well, more like I can't breathe too deeply.

I mentioned all of this to my phyiso therapist at my appointment with her today and she said she thought that I was just hyperventilating and perhaps feeling sick because I was anxious, but I totally do not think that at all..........I felt like she was going to suggest that I see a psychologist, as she mentioned she knew a few people who might be able to help.

I don't feel like I am hyperventilating at all, I have had anxiety attacks in the past, and know what they feel like, and I don't think that it is causing me to feel like I have food sitting in my throat.

Thanks again, I will definately keep you guys informed on how I go.

Big hugs,
Irene

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 03:16 AM

First, if it's bugging you, it's important! I deal with the exact same thing. It seems for me that it can be even a couple of hours after eating & food feels like it's just sitting there & I have to really work to get it up because it's obviously not going down. Like you said, not acidy or anything...just a nuisance, uncomfortable. Often very uncomfortable. Sometimes I'll try eating bread or something to push it down but drinking some water or coffee DEFINETLY will not push it down.

I had an appt. with a gastro dr. but I waited for 1hr & 45min. before I had to leave & get to class. So, I guess I will have to reschedule....I highly recommend you get into one as well.

I had a swallow test done & it was negative but it was really really really a stupid test to take for this problem because the stuff they gave me is never a problem to swallow, it's not chunky or dairy so it goes right down no problem. Dairy is the other thing....do you have a problem with that?

The way it started for me was last year, I started having to spit allot after brushing my teeth, like spit would just sit in the back of my throat & not go down (sorry if too gross)....it was a change I noted but it was nothing bothersome...just annoying having to keep spitting. Then it has progressed to where I'm at now. Eating sandwhiches with cheese & stuff like that makes me cough afterwards & there always seems to be left-overs in my throat....ewwwwwww.

So...sound familiar? I wish I had an answer for it all for you.

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 04:32 AM

Tea is suppose to do magic when food feels stuck in your throat. Or you get choked while eating. I can't stand tea but it works especially in an emergency while eating at a restruant. Also 1 tsp regular or cider vinegar in a glass of cold or warm water seems to clear your throat.
One of the easiest ways to get that teaspoon of bile or liquid up for me is to bend over like something is on the floor. No working at it at all. It come right up. Usually it will come up when I am sleeping also. I take one of my dr. prescribed Reglan and I am good for the rest of the night. Hope this tidbit of information helps someone. Sheryl

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:07 AM

Hi Guys, This might sound weird, but my dentist suggested to me that I chew gum after meals. It promotes saliva production (and hey, many of us have dry mouths anyway, right?) which in turn can help the digestive process. I've gotten into the habit of popping sugar free (of course) after a meal and I swear it has made a difference. I have many digestive problems so any little bit helps. Good luck! Love, Mary in Philly
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:33 AM

Hi Irene,

I had exactly the same thing! It got to the point that I couldn't get through a meal without getting up and going to the bathroom to make the food come up. It was as if it was just a big wad of food sitting in my throat and it wouldn't go down. At the moment this was happening, I also was not feeling or tasting any acid, but I did have acid at other times. I took over the counter chewable things for that and I was satisfied that they were handling the acid just fine.

Then my doctor insisted I give Prilosec another try -- I had used it previously and felt it was unhelpful. He said it didn't always kick in right away and to give it a couple of weeks. Well, frankly, I didn't see the point. I didn't have a real problem with acid I thought, so why do it. But, I decided to take his advice.

To my amazement, my swallowing difficlties disappeared! It seems that the acid that I did have (not when the food was coming up, but at other times) was scarring my esophagus and causing the swallowing problems.

Definitely talk to your doctor about this. I'll bet it can be fixed.


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Posted 17 November 2006 - 09:56 PM

I think I will try the tea and gum suggestions.........I'll try anything at the moment!!
And I love tea anyway so that is not a problem.

luvbnmom3 ~ your post was very similar to how I have been feeling, and I definately feel like I have alot more saliva/spit sitting in my throat that I have to get out, but funnily enough my mouth is quite dry........its so frustrating all these little problems.
Just one more thing to tell the doctor about.

I have been keeping a diary again this last month (I got sick of writing it before, it just made me depressed) but since it will be 6 weeks between my rheumatologist visits I figured it would be good for him to see the changes I have gone through in the last few weeks, so I have just been writing all the little changes down, and when I read through them, there seemed to be so many,....... like the end of my nose looks different, now I don't even know if that is important, but since I don't really know I will just mention it and hope he doesn't think I am weird!!!

Big hugs everyone,

Irene

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 02:34 AM

My old primary care physician (Primarr care physician) prescribed Prilosec as well & I didn't take it after the first time because thought it was rediculous as well, since I hardly ever notice any acid but I always have food stuck in my throat....also, I don't know if you've had this as well, but when I eat things that are strong flavored (like peppermint gum or really hot spicey cheese...both produce saliva or phlehgm) but that when I eat them, the go up my nose some & burn. Anyways, maybe I will give prilosec a try.....& the gum & tea.

kiwimum - you say the end of your nose looks different but you don't know if that's important (relevant, etc)....I have noticed that when I put lip stick on lately that my lip look like they're crooked now, like the right side is lower than the left....I hear ya on little changes.

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 06:12 AM

Hi all,

Just over a year ago I was prescribed Aciphex. I didn't feel like I had reflux and felt like the GI just wasn't hearing me when I was explaining about my choking and "food stuck" problems. He had done an endoscopy to stretch my esophagus, but found that the stretching wasn't needed. I went ahead and started taking the Aciphex, and Lo and Behold, the frequency of choking episodes and feeling like food was stuck in my esophagus drastically reduced AND I started gaining weight (I have gained about 10 pounds since I started taking the Aciphex)....I think because my appetite came back a bit and I wasn't so scared about choking all the time.

Warm wishes,
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 11:13 AM

I am taking Somac for the acid, not that I have any right now,but my doctor prescribed it for me ages ago, when I was getting acid.....and she said that even though I don't feel like I have acid at the moment just take it anyway.

I really don't feel like it is doing anything, so I will pass this one on to my rheumatologist and see if he has any other suggestions.

Also a little off topic, but I have been so teary lately.......feeling very emotional, do other people get this for no reason??

Hugs,
Irene

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 12:46 PM

Irene, I have heard that people sometimes get teary eyed during the change of life years. I never had that particular delima, thankfully. Some of you that may start chewing gum, try to find a sugarless gum or if not sugarless then try not to use a spearmint or peppermint. Any mint flavored candy or flavoring is really bad if you have acid problems or reflux disease. I have to be reminded of this often. I LOVE eating mints or spearmint lemonade and gum. I really try to buy them and keep them out of my purse or house. Ha! Really hard since I don't eat chocolate. I need some good stuff once in awhile. Yumm! Sheryl

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 10:49 AM

I have also had this sensation of food needing to come up and started taking the prilosec it seems to have really helped but you have to take it every day I only saw an improvment after about 3 week of taking the meds. I'm also wondering if any one is feeling short of breath and what they are doing to help?

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 04:33 PM

Last night I had the same feeling of food not staying down about bedtime. I had already taken Nexium and my doctor said I could take Zantac every once in a while if needed so I took one. I laid back down but elevated my upper body and it seemed to alleviate the problem.

I always feel short of breath but that’s because my lung volumes are less than 50%. The inhalers didn't help so my pulmonologist gave me a nebulizer with Xopenx for the days when my lungs are especially tight. Other than I try to really take it easy no marathons with Lance Armstrong at least for now.

Learning Yoga breathing techniques has also helped.

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