My boyfriend has GERD, and hasn't been able to swallow for 4 hours now??

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   Posted 9/28/2010 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
My boyfriend is 22, healthy weight and all, and tonight he tried to swallow a pill (just a tiny, round little ibuprofen tablet), and since then, he hasn't been able to swallow for four hours.
Even if he's not eating or drinking anything, he has to throw up every few minutes, because the saliva he swallows won't even go down.

When he swallows, he said he feels pressure in his throat, and after a few minutes of normal swallowing (just average swallowing of saliva), he said he feels a tight pressure in his throat, and it makes him throw up.
He says that this sort of thing has happened to him before, but never for more than 30 minutes--so 4 hours is definitely excessive in his case.

It hasn't gotten any better or any worse, and he can't tell if the pill has actually gone down or not, or if it's his throat doing all of this (not the pill).

Obviously I'm concerned not only about him vomiting, but about the fact that, if this goes on for too long, he could become dehydrated or even starve to death (of course we wouldn't let it go THAT long without seeking medical attention, but it's still a concern). I'm just wondering how long we should let this go on before he goes to the hospital (he doesn't have insurance or money, so going to see a doctor is out of the question right now). Has anyone else experienced this for this amount of time or longer? Does anyone know if this sounds like an occurrence that will just fix itself, or if he will NEED medical attention...?

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   Posted 9/28/2010 3:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I would strongly suggest you seek medical treatment. Not being able to swallow is a serious thing to deal with. Please don't wait.

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   Posted 9/28/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
If your boyfriend  is unable to swallow saliva immediate medical attention is  called for.
Please let us know how he turns out and know we are here supporting you.
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   Posted 9/28/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you guys.
Amazingly, about 30 minutes after posting this (and not getting replies because it was so late at night, of course), he was able to swallow and eat and everything again....don't know why....

I'm gonna keep an eye on him over the next few days, and if it happens again, we're definitely going to the hospital.

Thank you SO much for your help!

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   Posted 9/28/2010 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
It might be a good idea to get med advice anyway, even over the phone. He may have had a severe allergic reaction, which could be life threatening. Is there a doc/hospital you can phone just for some advice?

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   Posted 9/28/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm... that's a good idea....I'm not sure, but I'll see if there is--thanks!
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