No, this was not something they saw on tests. This was something I KNEW! You would know it clearly too. It was terrifying. It felt like you were going to choke to death on the food, however, if you calmed down, you could breathe. The food would not move up or down. It was very painful because it was stretching out the esophagus and making it spasm. Eventually it would go down...maybe after a half hour or so. I actually called the paramedics once. How embarrassing! This problem is called "Schatzi's ring" or sometimes "steakhouse syndrome" because often people first notice it when they choke on a piece of meat. Google it for more info.
I've heard of other people who were able to throw the food back up the other way but I was always scared to do that. I was afraid it might somehow go into my lungs or windpipe.
I have also had it happen in public. I am so glad that my posting this has helped you, Beth. Let me know what your doctor says. I have terrible GERD and also already have a GI doctor. But, I have been told that you need tests to confirm that you have what marthamae is talking about. Should I just switch GI doctors then?
You sound alot like me. I have been dealing with this crap what seems like forever and it comes and goes. I was scoped 10-2006 and they found nothing wrong. Miracously all my symptoms disappeared after the scope. Well one year later they are back. I never had the GERd feeling prior just the swallowing issue. Well now its the darn gerd. I cannot get by more than 48 hours without a perscrption prilosec. I am giving it until the middle of may and if it has not cleared up back to the GI I go.
How long have you been dealing with this if you do not mind me asking?