Question About Esophageal/throat Issues
Posted 13 November 2006 - 10:13 PM
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,
Posted 14 November 2006 - 02:52 AM
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.
Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:22 AM
Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:37 AM
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!
Posted 14 November 2006 - 07:47 PM
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.
Posted 15 November 2006 - 03:16 AM
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.
Posted 15 November 2006 - 04:32 AM
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
Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:07 AM
Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:33 AM
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.
Mary in Texas
Posted 17 November 2006 - 09:56 PM
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,
Posted 18 November 2006 - 02:34 AM
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.
Posted 18 November 2006 - 06:12 AM
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.
Posted 18 November 2006 - 11:13 AM
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??
Posted 18 November 2006 - 12:46 PM
Posted 21 November 2006 - 10:49 AM
Posted 21 November 2006 - 04:33 PM
I always feel short of breath but thatâ€™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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