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Stef17
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   Posted 5/26/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
about a week ago I noticed that when I eat and swallow, the food is getting stuck on the way down. I don't feel like I'm choking or anything, just like I have a big wad of food stuck in my chest. Have any of you experienced this? I have GERD, but I'm on Nexium for it. Wondering if it's related to the crohn's or not. It's totally annoying. I put in a call to my GI, but of course, he can't see me for another month.

Anyone go through this?

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   Posted 5/26/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
You know, I have a hiatal hernia and the consequential acid problems with it, and I did have one short period where I had a lot of trouble swallowing anything. Even when I wasn't trying to it felt like there was something sharp stuck in my chest and throat. It went away after I took a pain pill and hasn't returned since...
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 5/26/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh man all the freaking time. Have your thyriod checked and if your have not had an endoscope it is something to think about. Mainly have issues with ulcerations in my throat and e.spasms.
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Sylph
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   Posted 5/26/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately as I'm sure you know Crohn's can effect any part of your digestive system. I had your symptoms when the disease was active in my stomach. Nexium didn't help a bit, actually I think it made it worse. The good news? It usually passes in a few days (or weeks). Try to make sure you have something in your tummy when you take your meds, and nothing in your tummy when you lay down. My doctor originally thought I had GERD but the gastroscopy showed she was wrong. You might also want to be checked for h.pylori a virus that lives in the stomach and can cause ulcers. We tend to have so many things wrong with us the doctor doesn't even get around to checking for the common stuff, which unfortunately can still get us.

Irishmom4
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   Posted 5/27/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I had it in my early 20's when I was first diagnosised. It only last about two weeks, but boy was it annoying. I haven't had it agon. I blame it on being very stressed at the time.
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auntkay
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   Posted 5/27/2009 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have it happen all to often mine is caused by a motility issue in my esophgas.We found the motility problem while i was being tested for gerd. Good luck hope your's is something simple and can be corrected easily.

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   Posted 5/27/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I am with Navy here, I think you should get your Thyroid checked. I had problems with food getting stuck much like you described and turned out I was Hyperthyroid. Good luck!
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Stef17
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   Posted 5/27/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies everyone. I actually have Hypothyroid. It is time to get it checked anyway. I'm also having other symptoms - hoarse voice, exhaustion, hair is falling out. So, it really could be the thyroid. Then again, I have 3 kids, including a 5 month old, so I can never tell whether it's just "life" or if there's really something wrong. :) I'm having my thyroid checked tomorrow and going to the GI in a few weeks. Hopefully the swallowing thing will get figured out fast. It's SO annoying.

Thanks again for all of your suggestions. I really appreciate it!

Nanners
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   Posted 5/27/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Stef it does sound like your Thyroid. I was the same way.....hoarse voice, exhaustion, hair shedding like crazy, felt edgy/anxious, sometimes a little flu like, body aches. So maybe you have gone from Hypothyroid to Hyperthyroid???? Maybe your meds need to be adjusted? Are you taking synthroid? Hope you get this figured out soon.

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cindywchrones
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   Posted 5/27/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I had a problem with that a couple years ago..I was suffering from gastritis & e. spams at the time..I did not test positive for H pylori or cancer..My stomach just stayed inflammed..I took nexium & carafate & a few different anti-spasmotic drugs at the time..I would choke on food or fluids, and it was annoying..As the gastritis got under control the rest of the symptoms subsided..

 

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   Posted 5/29/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem now and then. For me it's totally hopeless to get the food down, so I end up getting it up again, because it hurts so bad, like a cramp down in my esofagus. I don't konw what this is, but I sure get scared every time this is happening. Periodically I also have pain while swallowing, it even hurts when I am drinking water. Have no clue though what this is, so I'm sorry, Ican't help you.

tiaeight
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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I actually had my esoughagus stretched last week during an EGD. No wonder why I had a hard time swallowing. Even liquids.

vietvet
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   Posted 6/5/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
stef, someone brought this up a few months ago, and i wrote this long winded description of all the gross things that happened to me, and what i thought the causes were......stresses and allergies, etc............

no one ever came back to that thread. i have no idea whether anybody read it or it helped the poster.

so, i'll cut out all the gross hacking up the offending food covered with snotty goo, and tell you of my quest. before i had a computer, i finally found another guy who it happened to, and then shortly after that, found that my uncle had the same problem (we connected on eating turkey). my uncle had just had his esophagus stretched. my GI said that he would scope me any time i felt froggy, and maybe stretch it out. i never felt comfortable with that whole program................there must be something wrong with me.........i'm ok with it where the sun don't shine, but,...........down my throat?............................

anyway, when i had to quit work, i lost my health insurance and had to rely on the VA as my healthcare. on one of my first few checkups, (my PA is really good about listening, and asking 'is there anything else that's troubling you?') i happened to remember to bring this up, since we were talking about gastro issues. he listened intently as i went through all my theories about stress and food allergy, and needing my esophagus stretched, etc, etc. as he was listening, he was writing on a rx pad, and shoved it at me, and said, "lets try this first." it was prilosec. i had always thought of it in the same way as pepcid, but it's not the same. i had lived most of my life, and my dad, his, on rolaids.

when i went back, i told him that if he was a chick, i'd kiss him.......her! he had changed something that had been a part of my life for probably at least the last 40 years. my wife loves it, too. now i can go out to dinner without gagging and running off to the head. i can, with impunity, eat all the trigger foods like beef, chicken, and fish.........and especially turkey. thanksgiving was always a wonderful meal that usually turned nightmare for me.

i would never have thought that this was a part of GERD (and i'm not saying that it is for you), but, i had tried explaining this to doctors for years, and they all missed it. it took a physicians assistant (who apparently had seen it before) to change my life.....literally!

now, if he can just come up with a miracle for ulcerative colitis.

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