Trouble Swallowing

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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I have noticed in the past two years that food, especially meat, sometimes gets "stuck" about halfway down my esophogas. Sometimes I just have to wait for it to move and other times it causes me to have abdominal pain so bad that I will have a prolonged vomiting episode. My worry is that is that it is becoming a lot more frequent. Could this be a stricture ? Thanks.

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   Posted 7/19/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Its possible it could be a stricture. But another thought is have you had your thyroid checked lately? I had that symptom and found out I was hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid). I was choking on my food alot and it when it got really bad I finally went to the doctor and found out my thyroid was overactive. Good luck!
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   Posted 7/19/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been experiencing this same thing recently also. It is something completely new to me. I don't eat meat, so it is not that specific food that seems to do it for me. I also do not vomit, but the food getting stuck right where you describe and is happening to me nearly every day. What I have noticed is that it will not happen when I eat a small snack, but when I eat a regular meal it occurs. It also happens about half way through the meal. I have to wait and wait for the food to go down and it is actually rather painful and scary at times.

I recently had blood work and there was no mention of a thyroid issue. Hmmm.

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   Posted 7/19/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   

I also have swallowing problems, two different kinds. The first is lower, above the breast bone area and is from my very large hiatal hernia. The other is right in the high throat area, where I have a little flap (not a very technical term!) that food gets stck on. I very often have to vomit with the lower problem, but with the higher problem, I will just spit up an enormus amount of phlegm, which can take hours to get comfortable. There isn't any rhyme or reason, as to what foods, or when this will happen. It is very frustrating and I feel for you both.


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   Posted 7/19/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I was having this problem so bad,I had spells of choking while eating food the food just sticks at times not only eating would I choke I awoke in the middle of the night choking gasping to get air this was very scary. I had to have my esophogus stretched this has helped but I'm beginning to do the same thing but not as often and it has only been a year since this surgery. This is caused from swelling tissues in the esophgus caused by gerd/reflux,this is what I was told by the Dr. Make sure they completely put you to sleep for this prosedure ask me how I know 'it hurts like you know what'. Hope yours gets better,

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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Ask to have your esophagus tested for eosinophils (biopsy). Eosinophil associated gastrointestinal disorders (EGID) is a poorly diagnosed condition and it may be useful to pin it down properly. See:
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